Chat with Michael Wright
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Wright joined ESPNChicago in April 2010 after spending the previous four seasons covering the Jaguars. He also covered the Redskins for two seasons. A native Texan, Wright was a four-year football letterman at West Texas A&M University. He covers the Bears for both ESPNChicago.com and Chicago's ESPN Radio 1000.
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Michael C. Wright (1:06 PM)
Probably not as bad it looked last night. Let's go.
Why is no one talking about Lovie who never has a good game plan or Tice who didn't make changes during the game / halftime? Is it time for Lovie to go
Michael C. Wright (1:08 PM)
I don't think Lovie is at fault here. He wasn't the one who failed to throw the ball away when he needed to. I wonder how much of the offense Tice is actually talking as opposed to Jeremy Bates. And Cutler said last week he audibled about 50 percent of the time.
Ok, I will be flying to Dallas for the Monday Night Football game in 2 weeks. I know the bears will not want to look past the Rams. They need to figure something out because after what clay did i am scared to see what Demarcus Ware would do to Webb!!!
Michael C. Wright (1:10 PM)
Clay Matthews is not nearly as physically imposing as Ware. Ware has the size and athleticism and speed that would give Webb a difficult time. My guess would be the Beras would gameplan specifically to neutralize Ware. They'll devote a gameplan.
Josh (Madison, WI)
I dont think Jay needed to wish the Packers db's good luck, he hit more of them with passes than his wr's
Michael C. Wright (1:11 PM)
That's true, but I don't have a problem with the QB expressing confidence going into a matchup. My issue would be if he wasn't confident. But he has to back it up, and Jay didn't do that.
Brian J (Fresno, CA)
Should the Bears cut J'Marcus Webb especially after he was smiling and laughing at Cutler getting sacked continuously?
Michael C. Wright (1:13 PM)
It looked like an uncomfortable smile to me after Jay bumped him on the sideline. If you cut him, what options do you have at that position? You can't let emotion force you to hurt the team by getting rid of oen of your best options. It's sad he's one of the best options, but that's a fact. If Chris Williams were better, he would be playing.
i get that everyone in Chicago wants to crucify Cutler. But truth be told, the Woodson pick: Bennett needs to come back to the ball, the 4th quarter pick was on a fourth down. He was running for his life all night and getting hit every drop. My question is, why did we not see Chris Williams? He can't be any worse than Webb who looked just plain awful
Michael C. Wright (1:15 PM)
My guess is that the Bears didn't think he was a suitable option at that point. You also have to wonder how many reps did he get in preparation for that game now that he's not a starter. That makes a difference, especially on a short week. He could have been worse.
Dustin C (Champaign, IL)
Do you think Cutler is at fault or does the O-line need to be readjusted?
Michael C. Wright (1:16 PM)
I think it's about 50-50, but I do think Jay as the QB and leader of the team needs to take some accountability. At no point during his presser did he say "That one was on me." That separates the good from the great and that's one part of Jay that's lacking to me. He needs to develop that maturity and leadership. It was also on the play calling as much as Jay and the OL.
Is twitter the only place that J'Marcus Webb can block someone?
Michael C. Wright (1:17 PM)
That's a good one. Zing.
Richard (Gary, IN)
Did it seem like the officiating was one sided especially towards the Packers last night? I expect the majority of close calls to go to the home team but I felt like everything in question (close or not) favored Green Bay.
Michael C. Wright (1:18 PM)
I thought the 12-men-on-the-field call was wrong, but I looked at tweets and Mike Parrera (sp?) said even though foot off the ground the fact it was over the field made it like he was on field. Said it was legit. He said the rule has changed.
Why dont they just put Carimi on the left side, put Williams on the right, and use Webb as a swing tackle?
Michael C. Wright (1:19 PM)
I thought the same thing several times. I continue to wonder why they haven't done that, but my guess is they have looked at it and determined Carimi not suitable for it.
Devin was disappointing last night - especially as a WR. When does Dane S. start getting more looks?
Michael C. Wright (1:20 PM)
I'm not sure Sanzenbacher is the answer. But I will say Devin takes reps away from Jeffery and Bennett, who would have done better.
Are we seeing the development of a couple young pass rushers in McClellin and Wootton both are off to nice starts?
Michael C. Wright (1:20 PM)
I would have to agree with you there. And it's interesting that at one time people wondered if they were both busts. Corey had the injuries and Shea looked bada at the start of camp.
Michael all joking aside you have been at practice is there another option at LT?
Michael C. Wright (1:22 PM)
As of right now, no. I thought at some point after those final cuts I thought there was a chance some guy who some thought was over the hill would come, but none came available. I'm curious about Johathan Scott, because he does have some playing experience. You don't just bring him on for no reason.
Ryan (Las Vegas)
I thought Mike Tice would be much more crisp in his play calling, considering he was a NFC North Head coach, and here last year to study the Packers. Jay was very flat-footed and slow last night. He's much more dangerous rolling out of the pocket, and stepping into his throws. why didnt Tice call more bootlegs & play actions? And Why didnt Jay just take off and run for at least a couple positive yards rather than force throws?
Michael C. Wright (1:24 PM)
They did run some play action and boots. They ran the naked at the beginning of the game and Clay nearly tore Jay's head off. They incorporated some and they just didn't work. But how much punishment can a guy take? He has to throw the ball away. Not run around and make dumb throws.
How bad is Forte hurt? Any early word on how long he'll be out? I'm glad we have Bush but Allen looked overmatched.
Michael C. Wright (1:25 PM)
Adam Schefter reported it's a high ankle sprain and the concerning thing is they're unpredictable. Sometimes they can be matter of days and some four weeks or longer. Right now anybody's guess how long he's out.
Is it me, or did the team just look flat last night? Cutler gave up somewhere in the 3rd Q, Marshall dropped a wide open TD, Briggs botched an INT... Need I go on?
Michael C. Wright (1:27 PM)
They did not come out with the same intensity Green Bay did, but the Packers were in danger of going 0-2. The short week plays into it. To me the home field advantage is increased on a short week.
Pedro (New York)
So let me get this straight, Manning screams and yells at his guys--fiery leader.Brady yells and screams at his guys-Fiery Leader....Jay finally, after getting dropped (again for the 150th time in 3 seasons) gets in his LT's face and he's "Lost his composure". Double Standard?
Michael C. Wright (1:28 PM)
Nope. The difference is those guys have Super Bowl rings. They have been in those battles and won. Jay hasn't won anything yet. No double standard in my opinion.
Why don't the bears run 4 reciever sets with marshall and jefferey on the outside, and Bennet, hester on the inside?
Michael C. Wright (1:29 PM)
They can't block it. They maxed protect a couple times and Jay still got sacked. More blockers than rushers and still couldn't block it.
Eric (Monee, IL)
First of all, I don't think Cutler was trying to bump his teammate. I saw a recently sacked quarterback get in his lineman's face. Said lineman tried to ignore him and Cutler was trying to get his attention. Secondly, Cutler is in his 3rd offense in 4 years with this team. There's no continuity. It takes time to master the nuances of any offense. People want to compare him to the GB quarterback. Well, he's been in the same system for 7+ years with most of his offensive teammates. So, give Cutler a brake. I'd rather they stick together for a few seasons and get it right.
Michael C. Wright (1:31 PM)
I'll buy that. But at same time, we can't say how great Jay is when he's not yet. But yes, Jay does need continuity, but at same time being a QB involves having some accountability.
Shannon Pankey (Fort Bragg North Carolina)
Do you think we can go get some o lineman on free agent market and cut j webb???
Michael C. Wright (1:31 PM)
No. If you're a good lineman then your team will hold onto you.
So we can end all of this super bowl talk. The Bears line is awful!
Michael C. Wright (1:32 PM)
Let's say yes the offensive line did struggle, but at same time one loss does not knock you out of contention for a Super Bowl.
are seeing the start of the "good jay" "bad jay" era? you're aloud to have a terrible game once a season, but are we going to see more 4 pick games?
Michael C. Wright (1:33 PM)
Boy I hope not. The thing about Jay and this is from my own observation, he'll have games like this but go to Dallas and light them up. He'll get you to buy in about greatness, and when you do that, he'll lay a stinker on you. Jeckyll and Hyde Jay. He has to get off the roller coaster.
Afternoon, Michael. I'm picking the Bears to finish last in the NFC North. They're arrogant, over-rated, and old - bad combination, right?
Michael C. Wright (1:34 PM)
Bad combination but I don't think they'll finish last in the division. We can't overreact over one game. The commenter earlier was right, first year in system. Chemisty has to develop.
Cody (Ft. Wayne, IN)
I get the impression that Bates and Cutler have a big part in the play calling with all the talk of Tice's "open door" policy with Cutler also admitting he changes a lot of plays at the line. So who gets the most blame for the lack of play adjustment last night? Where were the screens, slants, curls, and outs?
Michael C. Wright (1:36 PM)
I'm going to have to agree, but I also think not getting the run game going really takes away a lot of what they can call. If you can't run, you can't run those screens. Bears got outcoached last night. They did.
Shane (The South Loop)
Do you think that Bears became the victim of hubrus and may have gotten a little to high on the offense like the fans did, and is a little week 2 humble pie a good thing?
Michael C. Wright (1:37 PM)
I think the second thing is legit. You do need to be humble in the NFL. But I don't think they were too cocky. Not like during week of preparation they were saying we're good, we don't need to prepare.
Al (Downers Grove)
The game got very chippy at the end of the game last night, and Woodson even slapped at Cutler's helmet yet no flag was thrown, will we see more late hits and skirmishes after the play with these replacement refs?
Michael C. Wright (1:38 PM)
No, and Cutler kind of kicked him. That's not the refs, it's the oldest rivalry in the NFL.
Is Lovie gone if the Bears don't make the playoffs this year?
Michael C. Wright (1:39 PM)
I think so. Phil Emery is very high on Lovie right now, but the NFL is a bottom-line business and if you don't produce, you're out the door. I'm pretty sure Phil has some guys in mind, because a good GM is going to have that.
I feel like there is a lot of overreaction from last nights game. It was a bad game, on both sides. I still think Cutler has what it takes, but that offensive line needs to get it together. Cutler can't have 4 pick nights. What do you think can be done? Last year Cutler rolled to the left and made some plays when the pocket collapsed.
Michael C. Wright (1:41 PM)
I think they just have to forget about this one and move on. I think rolling out is a good idea, but at the same time, there were times last night if they rolled out it would have rolled into pressure.
How long before Jason Campbell gets a shot?
Michael C. Wright (1:42 PM)
I thought at some point last night they might give him a shot, but I think it was right not to. If you put him in and he had success, there's a bit of a QB controvery, and that's the last thing this team needs. If Jay continues to struggle, team needs to look at Campbell as a starter.
Is it too late to bring Clutts back? This team needs all the blocking it can get.
Michael C. Wright (1:42 PM)
You going to put Clutts at left tackle?
Zach (Bears fan in WI)
The commentators kept talking about how GB was keeping a safety deep and Cutler couldn't find Marshall before Clay was down his throat. What could Chicago have done at halftime to adjust for that?
Michael C. Wright (1:43 PM)
They could have gone with more intermediate passes, TEs down the seam. Basically what GB did was play two man and bracket Marshall. When they do that someone is open so jay's job to find those guys and WR to get open.
As a follow-up, what in the world would that mean if Campbell ever became the starter this year? That sounds like one sticky situation
Michael C. Wright (1:44 PM)
Very sticky. jason playing on one-year deal, Cutler playing through 2013. Decide who to keep, but to me, even if Jason came in and did well the body of work doesn't warrant a big deal and let Jay go. Hopefully it doesn't come to that.
Back to the Lovie out of the door thing (even though this is premature)...Bill Cowher would be at the top of my list. He's a guy who would continue to want a great defense (in the tradition of Chicago), but would still allow a good offense. Any ideas on who is at the top of Emery's list if he needs to go that direction next January?
Michael C. Wright (1:45 PM)
I don't think the Bears would be willing to pay Cowher. He'd be asking for $10M plus a year, I think, so I don't think that's realistic. What i would do is go through Emery's history from college to scout.
Dan (Quad Cities)
What could we have done better to avoid the Fake-FG TD or is that just one of those you have to tip your hat to the Packers?
Michael C. Wright (1:46 PM)
I think you have to tip your hat, but very surprising to me a Toub coached unit allowed that. He has those guys prepared for anything they might face.
John Z (Scott AFB)
The entire world knows that our O line is one of the worst if not the worst in the NFL. That being said, why in the world did we not bolster the O line in the draft? I feel Tice has a bit of "Martz" in him in that he's too stubborn to move Carimi over to left (his natural position) and Webb over to the Right. How much longer do we try to force a square peg into a round hole?
Michael C. Wright (1:47 PM)
I disagree with notion Tice is too stubborn to move Carimi to left. If it continues Tice would force that to happen. As far as not drafting an OL, they were sitting at 19 and at that point the best tackle is off the board.
Pedro (New York)
Silver Lining-Urlacher and defense didn't look too bad.... right?
Michael C. Wright (1:48 PM)
They didn't, but at same time too many completions made on crucial situations. The outside backers in Cover 2 and when Brian drops, it's on the OLBs to read QBs eyes and break on ball and I don' think they did a good job of that.
Brendan (Davenport, IA)
Would Chris Williams be an upgrade over Chris Spencer at guard? I know he played decently last year at that position
Michael C. Wright (1:49 PM)
I'm pretty sure they're considering putting Williams in there at guard. Spencer has struggled since preseason opener. Tice liked Williams at guard.
Cameron (Omaha [via mobile]
I just wanted to say that the negativity toward the bears offense, although somewhat justified, is a little over the top. For the past two years the bears offense has had a great game at the beginning of the season then gotten murdered with sacks and turnovers... Both years they turned it around... I expect the same this year
Michael C. Wright (1:51 PM)
I agree. I think they will turn it around, and that's part of the growing pains with new systems. I will say also that Tice is the type of guy when the situation is like this, Tice will be last man out of the building trying to get it right. Next time they play the Packers it will be totall different.
Were you surprised that they didn't double up on Clay Matthews very much?
Michael C. Wright (1:52 PM)
Little bit. If not that, just make sure to slide protection over to where he was coming from. He impacted game so much. But at same time, you can max protect, but when you whiff on block like Forte did, max protect doesn't matter. You still have to win some one-on-one battles.
Cutler has take some responsibilities for his proformance last night because he was holding on to the ball way to long, I understand the line needs a lot of help but he has to help them out too!
Michael C. Wright (1:53 PM)
I agree with that. If you look at it, at least half of those sacks Jay held the ball too long. At the very least, throw it away.
sean (hazel crest )
michael, Why does jay gets a pass for a lot of things in chicago people blaming everything on webb but what LT shut clay down. Jay was in the wrong for what he did to webb, at some point you have to look at jay being disrespectful to webb as a man not just a football player. Webb should have yelled back at cutler.
Michael C. Wright (1:55 PM)
No, Webb did the right thing. If he reacts, then you exascerbate the situation, but Jay doesn't get a pass from me.
Michael C. Wright (1:55 PM)
That's my time, folks. I appreciate everyone coming to chat. Thanks for the questions. See you next week.