The Bears notched another preseason victory on their belts Thursday night, coming from behind to defeat the Jaguars 20 to 19. Wins and losses are pretty meaningless in preseason football, but don’t let me take the wind out of your sails! There were some good things, some bad things, and some ugly things. Sounds familiar right? The offensive line only gave up one sack again. LB Jon Bostic made a nice play as he cut under a block and made a tackle for loss on a 3 and 1.
The good: Jay Cutler lead the team to an 85 yard TD drive, capped off by a short pass to Brandon Marshall in the endzone. It was a nice improvised throw to Cutler’s favorite target. The other two Bears QBs had decent games. Talk is that Jimmy Clausen separated himself a little from Jordan Palmer. I didn’t see it that way, but I am pulling for Palmer, so my judgment may be clouded. WR Josh Morgan had a solid night catching.
The bad: The defensive line seemed to take a step back in the amount of pressure they generated which made both Jaguar QBs look pretty good at times. Chad Henne and rookie Blake Bortles had plenty of time to hit open men for decent chunks of yardage. At times the run defense let Jacksonville runners go untouched for 10-12 yards. Flashes of 2013 historically bad run defense hit you hard if you are a Bears fan.
The ugly: Injuries are starting to pile up. They might not be season ending, but enough to keep players off the field that can use the reps. Rookie CB Kyle Fuller came out with an ankle injury after the opening kick off. Backup Tight End Zach Miller left with a foot injury*. The kick and punt return units continued to look bad. KR/PR Eric Weems** didn’t show much speed or mobility and fumbled once. Going into the 3rd game this is starting to be a huge concern. I’m not sure why they are not looking at the many WRs in camp or giving RB Michael Ford more looks, especially on kick returns.
*Zach Miller has been placed on IR with a Lisfranc injury.
**Eric Weems has been waived.