Ok, for the last few months I've been telling anyone who will listen (in other words, talking to myself) not to overlook the possibility of a resurgence of the Chicago Bears as a power in the NFC North. The addition of Julius Peppers, who was so difficult for the Vikings to get blocked last season in Carolina. Jay Cutler with a year under his belt working with his receivers. The replacement of OC Ron Turner with Mike Martz, a guy that has coached QB's in high powered offenses. Brian Urlacher's return. The addition of Chester Taylor, one of last year's best third down backs. The return of Matt Forte to rookie form.
So what the heck happened? Granted, there were obvious obstacles for the Bears to overcome. The O line was bad last year, and there wasn't much help arriving, other than addition by the subtraction of Orlando Pace. Mike Martz has been known to rely on max protect almost never. Without Tommie Harris returning to form in that Warren Sapp role, the Tampa2 is not as effective.
So far, the line hasn't gelled, Cutler's getting pressured and he's responded by doing his best Brett Favre impression, and the defense hasn't been dominant.
There's a long way to go, but the real bullets are going to be flying soon. I still think the talent is there. Have Lovie and the Bears jumped the shark? Or was getting props from a Packer fan the ultimate jinx? C'mon Bears, I was counting on you to maul the rest of the division, especially one B. Lorenzo Favre. Time to Bear down.