Chicago Bears Post Game - Lovie and Urlacher are missed
By Chris Savard
The Chicago Bears are off to a 1-0 start after a 24-21 victory at Soldier Field against the Cincinnati Bengals. I found it odd watching the Bears game today without former Head Coach Lovie Smith and future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher. I was disappointed that the team let Lovie go at the end of last season and still believe that Phil Emery made a mistake not giving Urlacher his money and a chance to have a “farewell” season.
Stoney Point - September 8, 2013 - The Chicago Bears are off to a 1-0 start after a 24-21 victory at Soldier Field against the Cincinnati Bengals. Here are ten observations from Game One:
10) Jay Cutler is now out of excuses. He has a new offensive-minded coach, new offensive line and some new big receiver targets. He looked good in his season opener and let’s hope it is a sign of a strong season. If he sputters again this year, it will likely be his last in the Windy City.
9) With 90 plus years of team history, it is rare that you get to witness a player setting a Chicago Bears record. Congrats to Robbie Gould on his 58 yard field goal.
8) Speaking of field goals…Matt Forte’s dropped ball in the first half cost the Bears a field goal - thankfully it didn’t play into the final outcome.
7) I was happy to see that the Bears are still playing the same defensive scheme as last year. It was great to see the defense get three takeaways, including two by Charles “Peanut” Tillman. Seems like this guy just never ages.
6) Is it just me or does Lance Briggs look significantly heavier this year compared to last?
5) Phil Simms bugs me as an analyst. I really hope that was his first and last Chicago assignment this year!
4) Maybe our good friend Roy Taylor at BearsHistory.com can answer this question, but was James Anderson the first player to wear number 50 since Mike Singletary retired in 1992? It will be weird to see someone other than Brian Urlacher wearing number 54.
3) Bears rallied from a 21-10 second half deficit to earn this victory. There was no sense of panic amongst the Navy and Orange. A positive sign, this early in the season.
2) Marc Trestman became only the fourth coach in Bears history to win his first game as Head Coach in Chicago. I liked Trestman when he coached the Montreal Alouettes and was pleased that he won the Bears gig.
1) I found it odd watching the Bears game today without former Head Coach Lovie Smith and future Hall of Famer Urlacher. I am certain that neither of them read my column, but for the record their absence was noticeable today. This fan misses both of these “class acts”. I was disappointed that the team let Lovie go at the end of last season and still believe that Phil Emery made a mistake not giving Urlacher his money and a chance to have a “farewell” season.
In his lifetime, Chris Savard has spent time as both an elected official and a hot air balloon pilot. As such, FULL OF HOT AIR seemed to be an appropriate name for this column. Savard will provide his thoughts on a number of topics including hockey on this site, as well as politics and local issues on OurHometown.ca. His opinion combined with $1.60 will buy you a medium coffee at Tim's! You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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