Bears vs. 49ers recap
The game isn't even over yet, but it's just scrubs going right now so i'll do this update early.
Rusty and predictable on both sides of the ball. It wasn't a pretty first quarter for the starters. On offense, they looked out of synch as a unit. Grossman was forcing plays and not delivering the ball smoothly. He finished something like 3 of 14 for 47 yards with a fumble that was returned for a TD. Mark Bradley also coughed up a fumble after a nice completion over the middle. The line didn't open any holes for A. Peterson but they were playing without Olin Kreutz. They scored a grand total of -10 points as the two fumbles both resulted in points. Very pathetic showing overall, but then again the Bears would rather run the ball with Benson and Jones so the offense was out of it's usual gameplan from the start of the game.
On defense, Rivera went with the base package the whole quarter and really didn't blitz or mix up coverage at all. They didn't give up any points directly but looked soft against the quick passing routes and the bootlegs that SF kept running. No turnovers were forced. Vasher got the wind knocked out of him and apparently strained his back but it's not expected to be serious so he should be back quickly. Overall, a very mediocre effort but they were playing a base scheme the whole time which limited them.
I wouldn't panic as the Bears clearly treated this game as a warm up while SF was playing more like it was a real game. The Bears meet up with SF again during the regular season so it's no real surprise that Lovie didn't want to show them anything. I am concerned that Grossman looked so bad. He really needs to build some confidence and comfort before the season starts. I also worry that Charles Tillman looked lost at times and didn't have good form in pass coverage. Look for improvement from both during preseason or else Lovie is going to have to make some changes.
The only bright spots for the Bears were Brian Griese and Rashied Davies. Griese looked very sharp and efficient running the offense with the second unit. He showed good accuracy and good decision making which are going to be needed if Grossman continues to struggle. Rashied Davies showed good hands and an explosive burst getting downfield quickly against press coverage. The highlight of the night came on a play when SF jumped offsides and Griese immediately looked downfield and found Davies for a 40yd TD strike. He could be a very pleasant surprise this season with Berrian and Bradley fighting injuries and inconsistency.
It's only the first preseason game and the Bears didn't put forth their best effort so don't read much into this game. We really won't know much about the starting offense until the third or fourth preseason game. By then, Jones and Benson should be back and the whole first unit will get more playing time.