Wednesday, September 29, 2010
BBAO: Victory formation for Bears?
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Let's consider one final angle of Monday night's game at Soldier Field before moving on to Week 4. Several times Tuesday, we discussed whether Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy should have allowed the Chicago Bears to score a touchdown with just under two minutes to play, conserving a timeout and enough time to mount a game-tying drive.
That question brings up another question, one posed by Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times, among others. Anticipating that possibility, should the Bears have simply taken a knee at the Packers' 9-yard line to prevent the potential implementation of that strategy? Or should they have told tailback Matt Forte to kneel if he thought he was about to cross the goal line?
I don't think too many people would have complained had that happened. But more than anything, I think you had two traditional and conventionally minded coaches running the game. It would have been surprising to see McCarthy or Bears coach Lovie Smith use unorthodox game-management strategies.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Packers-Bears I was the highest-rated cable television broadcast of 2010.
- Bears right tackle Kevin Shaffer did an excellent job against Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, according to film study by Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune: "Something has clicked, and the appeal of the NFL lies in the weekly surprises proud teams such as the Bears provide when they put it all together. In that respect, this team resembles the 2001 version nobody expected to go 13-3. But the style of winning is closer to 2006 -- and we all remember where that season ended."
- The NFL is reviewing Packers safety Nick Collins' postgame confrontation with a fan.
- McCarthy is going to stay the course after Monday night's loss, writes Jason Wilde of ESPMilwaukee.com.
- McCarthy wasn't unhappy with the performance of his running game, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and still believes John Kuhn and Brandon Jackson are all the tailbacks he needs. McCarthy: "You have to look at what's the definition of the run game. I looked at this particular game, and I felt that our running backs were productive. I thought Brandon and John played well with the opportunities that they were given with the ball in their hands and what was put in front of them. I thought the running back production was a positive in the game."
- Packers tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher are showing their age, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew is off to a nice start this season but is disappointed about several drops, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
- The Lions have scored only 15 points in the second half this season, notes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
- Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com points out two officiating mistakes in the Lions' 24-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
- Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson worked on speed training in the offseason, according to Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and is considering running the 200 in next year's Texas Relays.
- The Vikings entered their bye week feeling good about their pass defense, according to the Star Tribune.