Chicago Bears: Alfonso Boone
January, 18, 2010
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Sadly, almost all of our focus in Chicago -- and rightfully so -- was dedicated to covering the tragic and sudden death of Bears' defensive end Gaines Adams on Sunday. However, games of great significance were played over the weekend, and here are a few things we picked up during the divisional round of the NFL playoffs:
- Although San Diego was bounced at home by the Jets -- after a bye -- Ron Rivera's defense performed admirably. The Chargers lost this game because of turnovers, dumb penalties and missed field goals. The only really bad defensive breakdown came on the Shonn Greene 53-yard touchdown run, where a combination of shoddy tackling and poor gap discipline led to the score. There's no telling if Rivera will now officially interview with Buffalo (would he be in the mix for the Raiders?), but in my opinion he did nothing Sunday to hurt his stock around the league.
- Speaking of Greene, is anybody else interested in seeing if Thomas Jones will be cut loose by the New York Jets this offseason? It's tough to say what kind of relationship Jones has with the people upstairs at Halas Hall, but in the locker room, he still commands the respect of his peers. How much better would the Bears be in 2010 with a backfield consisting of Jones and Matt Forte.
- Isn't it amazing ex-Bears defensive linemen Ian Scott, Alfonso Boone and Antonio Garay all played meaningful snaps in an AFC division playoff game?
- Every team in the NFC North has at least one dominant receiver -- except the Bears. After watching Minnesota's Sidney Rice this year, I think it's fair to wonder if he's better than Detroit's Calvin Johnson and Green Bay's Greg Jennings. Man, I'd kill for Bernard Berrian, and he's now the fourth or fifth weapon in the Minnesota Vikings offense.