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Eagles in denial after beatdown by Bears

Eagles in denial after beatdown by Bears

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2010
10:06 PM
By John MullinCSNChicago.com

So much grumpiness going around after the Bears 31-26 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bears arent happy that they were ever doubted. But the Eagles? Theyre just downright fuming that they lost to an inferior team that knows darn well which was the better team on Sunday.

Left tackle Jason Peters declared that the Bears know that were the better team and they got the victory. We let the game get away. Hopefully well see them again and battle from there.

Peters perspective on letting the game get away is mildly curious if only because the Eagles led 3-0 midway through the first quarter and then never again.

Brandon Graham scoffed at a question of whether the Eagles were still the better team. Oh yeah, stated the rookie linebacker with exactly 11 games of NFL experience on which to base evaluations. We just got to play like it.

Very meaningful insight there.

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson was a member of the secondary that allowed four touchdown passes so he certainly was in position to offer knowledgeable critiques of the Chicago offense.

The Bears were just playing it safe, Patterson said. It wasnt a bunch of 30- or 40-yard passes. It was missed tackles and a lot of short routes.

A lot of people said that about the West Coast offense the San Francisco 49ers ran back in the 1980s too. But Dimitris declaration was that all those 15 and 20-yard gains came off missed tackles.

A casual guess is that Lovie Smith and his staff will read some of these grumps to his players. Maybe hell allude to Michael Vicks assessment, after first complimenting the victors, that we the Eagles just beat ourselves.

Well, at least the Bears were happy with the outcome. Or were they? At least theyre 8-3 and winners of four straight, so you can only be so grumpy when thats your situation.

Then again.

You didnt see that game, safety Chris Harris deadpanned. Were still not as good as you think we arent.

But arent you possibly the best team in the NFC now?

No, not us, Harris joked. Were not the best team in the NFC. Were an average team in the NFC. Were going to just keep chopping wood.

The doubters arent in this locker room playing football. We believe in ourselves, believe we have a good football team and have been saying that since week one. Everybodys been saying we have a weak schedule, whatever the case may be. But we know what we have in this locker room.

John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

Even in a controlled gameplan, Mitchell Trubisky's playmaking ability shines through

Even in a controlled gameplan, Mitchell Trubisky's playmaking ability shines through

While the Bears praised Mitchell Trubisky’s operation of a controlled gameplan in his second NFL start, they’re not losing sight of the special kind of athleticism and playmaking ability the rookie quarterback possesses. Two plays in particular stand out — plays that led to anywhere from a five-to-10 point swing in the game. 

Trubisky’s 18-yard third down completion to Kendall Wright in overtime seems to looks better every time you watch it on film. Trubisky was pressured by two Baltimore Ravens pass rushers, but managed to wriggle free and slide to his right, only to find linebacker C.J. Mosley waiting in front of him. The blend of athleticism and aggressiveness Trubisky displayed in firing high over the middle toward Wright — who made a specular play of his own — is one of the many reasons why the Bears are so excited about him. 

“To be able to throw that ball with both hands in the air and changing your arm angle – that’s why you draft a kid second,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. “Because of things like that.”

But there was another instinctual, athletic play Trubisky made that was just as impressive, and just as important. Cody Whitehair’s snapping issues cropped up at the Bears’ 13-yard line, with the center sailing a snap over Trubisky’s head and toward the end zone. 

If Baltimore recovered that ball, it would’ve tied the game; had Trubisky simply fell on the ball, it very well could’ve led to a safety that would’ve brought the Ravens within five points about a minute after the Bears took a 17-3 lead. Instead, Trubisky picked up the ball, scrambled to his right and threw the ball away — one of six throwaways he had on Sunday. 

“(That) was a critical, critical play at that time,” Loggains said. 

This isn't to say that two plays — only one of which gained yards — are enough to say the Bears' offense is in a good place. It's still a group that necessitates a controlled gameplan, similar to the one they used with Mike Glennon. But the difference: Trubisky can make plays. 

Briefly, on Whitehair

Since we’re on the subject of another poor snap by Whitehair, here’s what Loggains had to say on that topic: 

“He’s gotten better. We still had one too many. The thing and point I want to make with Cody Whitehair is, obviously wants to talk about the snap, but you’re talking about two weeks in a row of completely dominating. We’re an outside zone team that ran 25 snaps of inside zone because of what they were playing. It changed our game plan and Cody’s a big part of that. The last two weeks we’ve been able to move those guys inside. He’s a really good football player. 

“We’re going to battle through these snap issues. We’re cutting them down. He’s more accurate. He did have the one that obviously is unacceptable and no one owns that more than Cody Whitehair does. But he is a really good football player and let’s not lose sight of the 79 snaps where he really helped the team run the football and you can’t do that without a Cody Whitehair at center.”

Loggains has a point here — if Whitehair were struggling in the run game, against the defensive looks the Ravens were showing, the Bears wouldn’t have been able to run the ball 50 times with the kind of success they had. But the poor snaps nonetheless are ugly and have to be eliminated — imagine the uproar over them if Trubisky didn’t make that play in Baltimore. The Bears' offense won't always be good enough to overcome those kind of self-inflicted mistakes. 

Loggains and coach John Fox have praised Whitehair’s attention to the problem, and as long as Hroniss Grasu is still limited with a hand injury, Whitehair will have some time to work through these issues. One final thought: Who would’ve expected, back in May, that Whitehair would have the problems with snaps, and not Trubisky? 

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