In Friday’s edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at the monumental task facing the Chicago Bears’ defense against the Green Bay Packers offense this week, as well as how disappointment in the defense overall is bleeding into the evaluation of the team’s safety play.
-The headline really says it all for this piece by Hub Arkush: Stopping Packers looks like lost cause. Well, that’s a great way to fire up the fanbase this week, but unfortunately, there are some great points in the article. [HubArkush.com]
-“There are plenty of opportunities to make plays, but there are also plenty of times where you have to make up for someone else’s mistake.” And there, in one sentence, Adam Hoge describes why Bears fans have been so hard on safeties Major Wright and Chris Conte this season, but he doesn’t try to let that be an excuse for the duo’s struggles. [670 the Score]
-GM Phil Emery did an interview with the Mully and Hanley Show on Thursday morning, and while he says the team hasn’t yet made a decision on what to do with QB Jay Cutler, he has decided already that the team will stick with a 4-3 defense for the foreseeable future. [CSN Chicago]
-The last time the Bears sustained a long-term injury to Cutler, Josh McCown had to face the Packers, and he didn’t look all that great against them. This time though, he feels as though he is much more prepared. [Daily Herald]
-While we gave a lot of the credit for the Packers’ offensive success to Eddie Lacy yesterday, Patrick Finely goes another direction, saying that it’s Aaron Rodgers’ ability to guide them through thick and thin that is making the big difference. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-Speaking of parts of the offense that make a big difference, the Bears’ offensive line is going to need to step up in a big way against the Packers this week if the run game is going to get in order, and if McCown is going to have enough time in the pocket to find his primary weapons. [Chicago Tribune]
-Finally, the crew over at ESPN gives a detailed video breakdown of the Bears’ chances this week. Jeff Dickerson and Michael C. Wright do the honors. [ESPN Chicago]