One dimensional. That is how Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews described the Chicago Bears offense after a poor performance in yesterday’s 23-16 loss.
The Bears were coming into this game off a bye, so they should have had fresh legs and a fresh perspective. Instead, the Bears came in sluggish, unprepared and downright confused. And the score would have been even worse if Aaron Rodgers were healthy and on that field.
I never cared about football until January 9th, 2011. Growing up in a country with its heart set on soccer, and born within a family of soccer enthusiasts, football was always the odd sport for me.
Even when I went to study at a football-crazed high school and college (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education), I never attended a game. I went out of my way to avoid interacting with players, coaches, and matches. Why, then, am I now writing an article about my love for the Green Bay Packers?
The Thursday night matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers was supposed to be at least competitive. But within the first 53 seconds of the game, the Bears fumble a ball, and Quarterback Aaron Rodgers magnificently directs two touchdown drives. All of this happened before the rain delay and the deafening chants of Bears fans for the head of QB Mike Glennon. The rain however gave the Bears a chance to clear their heads and find a way to catch up to the 14-0 deficit they were in.
Slippery football, Slippery field
In the first series of the game, Glennon stands in the pocket in what seemed like forever, waiting for a receiver to be open. During that play Tight End Dion Sims struggled to block Linebacker Clay Matthews, who manages to overtake him, creating a strip-sack fumble that led to a Packers touchdown. Again the Bears get another opportunity, this time Glennon brings up his knee prior to the cadence but thinks the offense doesn’t see it. So he does it again only for the ball to be snapped and hitting Glennon in the knee giving the Packers the ball once again, leading to the second touchdown.
In the first quarter, the Bears could not produce a clean string of plays. With a wet field the Bears tried to move the ball at the start of the second quarter. In a shocking display, and rare scene, a long throw by Glennon finds the hands of Wide Receiver Josh Bellamy, only to be stripped on the way down by the Packers secondary. But the Bears defense came through with a QB sack by LB Leonard Floyd and another chance to get a score on the board. But Glennon fails to make the correct throw to Markus Wheaton and it is intercepted.Continue reading “Chicago Bears: Slippery Football, Slippery Field, Slippery Slope of a Game”→
The Green Bay Packers sign Ahmad Brooks. He’s 33 years old and an 11 year veteran of the NFL, certainly he’s at the top of his career. He has great experience as an outside linebacker. He’s very versatile and strong. The Packers have played against him in the past. For that reason, the team really know who this guy is.
Ahmad Brooks started his career with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006. Then, he played for the San Francisco 49ers for nine years. He played 120/128 regular season, recorded 333 tackles, 51 ½ tackles, 11 forced fumbles and three interceptions, according to his total numbers during his eleven years in the league. As we can see, he’s definitely a strong player who can bring all his strength to the linebacker position. Can you all imagine how strong the defense can be this season? Imagine Nick Perry, Clay Matthews and now, Brooks. It’s such an amazing defense, right! At least, the fans can have some excitement about the team and why not, there is huge potential.