There is not going to be any pretty way for the Bears to paint this one when they open the doors to the media at Halas Hall a little later on today.
The familiar coaching refrain is that after reviewing game film, it’s never as good as you thought it was going to be and it’s never as bad as you thought it was going to be.
What didn’t stink about the 37-3 loss to Green Bay Sunday at Halas Hall?
We’ll let coach Lovie Smith fill us in on that later on.
First, a few tidbits:
*** The awful defensive effort dropped the Bears to 19th overall in the league on defense pending the outcome of the Monday night tilt in Buffalo with Cleveland. The Bears fell to sixth vs. the run after being trampled for 200 yards rushing, and remained 30th vs. the pass.
You say points is the ultimate statistics, and I say you’re right. The Bears are now 21st overall. That’s not what they’re paying for.
*** We’ll see if we can get an indication for how injured linebacker Darrell McClover is. The second-leading tackler on special teams suffered a pulled hamstring. With six games to go, they may want to seek help if he will not return soon. With six other linebackers on the roster, the move doesn’t have to be for another linebacker. The Bears could add help at about any position.
*** Look for guard Terrence Metcalf to rejoin the active roster after serving his four-game suspension for violation of the league’s policy on steroids and related substances. Someone needs to go to make room for Metcalf. If it’s not McClover, and we have no idea how his injury is, it could be Fred Miller, who has been inactive the last few weeks as Chris Williams as taken his place.
*** Speaking of Williams, the first-round pick from Vanderbilt, he got his first action on offense of the season at Lambeau Field in the final two minutes, long after many viewers had walked away. Green Bay defensive end Aaron Kampman blew by Williams on his first snap and would have had a sack had Rex Grossman not managed to spin out of it.
We’ll check in with more from Halas Hall later on.