One Chicago Bears player publicly took exception with the continuous replay of tight end Zach Miller’s stomach-churning injury being on the SuperDome video board.
“I don’t care if they were challenging or not,” receiver Kendall Wright told the Chicago Tribune. “It was really disrespectful to show that play on the replay screen more than five times. I don’t know what you get out of that. And I’m sure people don’t want to look at that.”
Showing replays of a close call while a play is under review is standard operating procedure in the NFL, but I can understand in this instance where it would be OK to scale back on the number of reviews. Even FOX-TV was hesitant to show reviews after seeing the injury occur. That Wright didn’t change his opinion despite acknowledging the normal replay procedure shows how gruesome he believed that injury to be.
As for the latest update on Miller’s health:
The Bears announce that Zach Miller underwent successful vascular surgery on his left leg. He remains hospitalized in New Orleans. pic.twitter.com/amqRaJoXrU
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) October 30, 2017
- Bears players believe that their 3-5 record isn’t quite indicative of how they’re playing. In fact, JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports writes several Bears feel like they’re close to turning a corner, reaching their potential, and playing winning football the rest of the way. Going into the bye on a loss won’t boost many spirits, but holding a team averaging 33 points in the four games prior to Sunday to 20 is a win, relatively speaking. Even offensive players, despite the team scoring just 12 points and leaving several scoring chances unfulfilled, feel a sense of optimism. “In this locker room, we know who we are, so when it comes to effort, we’re not surprised about anything that we do,” running back Tarik Cohen told NBC Sports Chicago. “We know what we’re capable of and we know, mainly, it’s ourselves that are in our way and when we cut down on our mistakes it’s going to be a lot different.
- You might as well count Sean Payton among the believers. The New Orleans Saints head coach came away impressed with the Bears’ defense, and why wouldn’t he be after his team was limited to 20 points. Chicago’s defense held its own on the fast track of the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome, and when the time comes, so will Mitch Trubisky’s offense, writes Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. The defense has been playing as if it knows the offense needs more help with a rookie quarterback under center, showing to be opportunistic and aggressive in forcing eight takeaways in the last three weeks. Soon enough, the Bears offense will be in a position to capitalize on the opportunities provided by their defensive counterparts.
- Saints running back Mark Ingram tried to shoulder the blame for the game being as close as it was, pointing toward his two late-game fumbles as reasons why the Saints couldn’t put the Bears away. “The bottom line is I sucked at the end of the game. I was terrible. I let my teammates down, put us in a bad position,” Ingram told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “The game was only close because I sucked. That’s the bottom line.”
- Getting healthy during the bye should be a high priority for several Bears, including a pair of important offensive linemen. Right guard Kyle Long injured his left hand on the team’s first offensive possession, while center Cody Whitehair was removed in the fourth quarter after injuring his right elbow. Whitehair told Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times he felt he could have returned, but didn’t want to risk further injury. The same could be said about Long, who John Fox said could have returned had the team not preferred using a fully healthy Tom Compton in his place.
- Over at CBS Chicago, Greg Gabriel writes Dowell Loggains’ all-too-predictable offensive play calling held the Bears back again. Gabriel writes the lack of imagination on offense makes it easy for defensive coaches to design schemes to limit offensive gains and players to make stops on the field. There is no doubt the Bears lacking breakaway skill position players on the outside limits creativity, but a time will come where an attempt needs to be made to break the mold and throw a wrinkle in the mix that hasn’t been seen before. Loggains and the offensive coaches have 13 days to assess their offense and perhaps add (and subtract) things to the playbook.
- While Mitch Trubisky struggled, Deshaun Watson – the third quarterback taken in the 2017 NFL Draft – continued to ball out. Watson became the first quarterback in league history to have a game with 400+ passing yards, four passing touchdowns, and 55+ rushing yards.
- To do it on the road against a normally stout Seahawks defense had Richard Sherman saying this:
— Joe Ostrowski (@JoeO670) October 30, 2017