The Bears lose badly to the Denver Broncos in the opening game of the preseason, but as always there are positives to take away even with all the negatives.
This is what you do with film review you, you take notes on what the Bears did right and what the Bears did wrong.
First drive on defense, was certainly not as bad as it looked. One big play where Manning had a lot of time to throw, a slip and fall by Lance Briggs on the wet field. Room to run because of a missed tackle by Major Wright and a simple check down. Corey Wootton gets held after beating Clady around the corner. DJ Moore undercuts a throw tips it and Major Wright gets the pick. Good power up front from the D-Line and very vanilla coverage in the secondary against Peyton Manning.
First drive on offense was deplorable on all counts. Pressure given by the offensive line, penetration in the run game as Garza and Spencer get beat. Carimi struggles in run and pass blocking and it all ends up with a fumbled pitch.
Second drive on defense, great penetration by both Melton and Geno Hayes drops the RB for a loss. Paea clogging up two blockers on that run play. Caleb Hanie misses a wide open receiver then a strong reroute by Kelvin Hayden on the fade Bears hold them to a three and out and a field goal.
Back on offense Chris Spencer gets buried, Gabe Carimi gets stood up and pushed back, pass play Bears sacked after Jason Campbell holds onto the ball for far too long, arguably over four seconds.
Back on defense Toeaina loses at the point of attack, Bears string out the run play with their front four, good pressure from Wootton, good coverage by DeCicco. Good pass rush from Davis and Toeaina, missed tackle on a scrambling Hanie by DeCicco.
Play action holds the linebackers quick post behind the linebackers in front of the safeties. Airing it out nobody home. Excellent run fill by JT Thomas, DeCicco hard gap attack combine for the tackle. Hanie gets a little antsy in the pocket McClellin breaks contain but is able to stop and pursue back hard and chase down Hanie for the sack.
Notes to take away from the first quarter of action, offensive line play was bad at all five positions, Spencer and Carimi struggled. Yes the one player that seems to catch the most breaks from Bears fans looked really bad out there tonight. There's no way Carimi is an NFL ready LT he's still got a lot work to do on the right side. Defense at first struggled then found their rhythm. Paea is so strong and tough he makes it hard on double teams. I won't be surprised if he makes it to the Pro Bowl during his second season.
Campbell is afraid to pull the trigger, the run game is completely stifled because of the terrible run blocking and penetration allowed up front. The Bears got their butts beat in the trenches and it set the tone for the rest of the night. Shea McClellin's first sack was a stroke of luck with his speed and athleticism. Breaking contain against QBs that can scramble better than Caleb Hanie could be a real problem. The play showed off his ability and what he needs to learn all in one shot.