9:43 AM EDT, August 15, 2013
I’d like to see Jay Cutler put together a scoring drive with actual third-down conversions, just like big-boy offenses, and even those run by Derek Freakin’ Anderson. Palm-to-forehead.
I’d also like to see the rookies on the right side of the offensive line look like they deserve their spots. Not to scare Cutler, but what if J’Marcus Webb is the best right tackle on the roster?
I’d like to see how healthy Brandon Marshall is against competition that is less fake than training camp rules.
I’d like to see Martellus Bennett in the red zone because that’s where “Black Unicorns’’ rule.
I’d like to see whether Bears fans have learned to shut up when the Bears offense reaches the red zone.
Something else I’d like to see in the scrimmage against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night and certainly next week in the scrimmage that matters:
A receiver who actually can do what Devin Hester never really managed. You know, speed with a clue.
I’m not lobbying for Lovie Smith’s former No. 1 receiver to come back to the offense. Omigawd, can you believe that Smith spouted that slop? And the way Smith used to say it -- just leave the smarm to us professionals.
Anyway, Hester couldn’t figure out where to line up, so there’s no reason to think Hester could pick up Marc Trestman’s offense if you spotted him two “huts.’’
Still, I’m waiting for the Bears to complete the offensive set with that kind of deep threat. I’d like to see a receiver who can take the top off the defense, a burner who scares defensive backs into instant retreat, a target who demands double coverage deep.
Cutler loves that kind of receiver and that kind of play. Go deep. Go up and get it. I’m sure Cutler would abuse that option in audibles the way he defaults to throwing to Marshall even if he’s triple-covered.
So, that part might need work, but the point is, that kind of deep threat tends to clear the middle of the field and opens everything underneath. After a lot of short drops and quick throws into contested coverage that sucks up the safeties, the Bears are one pump-fake away from a bomb that goes for six.
And once that happens, those short drops and quick throws tend to open up because the extra defenders have become scaredy cats.
Yep, it’s a great weapon.
It just not here.
At least, it’s not here if the first game in any indication. If that guy is here, then the Bears are doing a great job of not putting it on video.
So, I’d bet that guy isn’t here. But I’d also bet that rookie Marquess Wilson makes the team because he’s the closest they have. Wilson grabbed a Matt Blanchard pass across the middle of the field and turned it into a 58-yard gain against Carolina. Wilson should’ve scored. Sidelines, kid, sidelines.
But Wilson showed explosiveness. The Bears need explosiveness. Wilson didn’t show little-guy speed, but gained yards by the chunk with his long strides. He looked like a Transformer. You could hear Bears fans saying, “Whoa.’’ You could imagine Carolina defensive backs spitting out “Uh-ohs.’’
You’ve seen what those receivers can do in games that matter. Certainly you’ve seen what they could do to the Bears. Under Smith, safety Chris Conte was ordered to line up so deep that it would be impossible for opposing receivers to beat him deep, and so, Conte could be seen waving from the Bean.
I’d like to see Wilson get snaps with the starters --- snaps aimed at finding out whether he’s the guy. The sooner you find out that he’s not, the more urgently the Bears can step up the search.
Somebody has to be that guy. Super Bowl teams tend to have that guy.
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