Given the expectations for this Bears' team vs. the lack of expectations held for the team during 2004, Lovie Smith's first season, this loss has to be worse than the ugly beating the team took in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day that season.
It looked like the offense had a little something going in the first half with some power running behind Cedric Benson. That disappeared quickly in the second half and the most glaring thing to me over the first three games has been the absolute inability of Rex Grossman to get the play-action passing game in order.
Remember, that's what Grossman was using to feast on opponents last season. There was a stretch at the beginning of 2006 when the bulk of his TD passes came off play action.
For whatever reason, that mechanism is not working. Could it be related to the loss of Thomas Jones? Maybe. Something is way off, that's for sure.
The players will check in with media Monday after reviewing game film with coaches, and Lovie talks at 3 p.m. We'll see if he has an announcement regarding the quarterback position. There will certainly be consideration given to promoting backup Brian Griese.
CB Nathan Vasher, LB Lance Briggs and DT Tommie Harris are all expected to have MRI's to evaluate their injuries. Vasher and Briggs suffered pulled groin muscles. Harris had his left knee in a large brace following the game. Already down two starters, the Bears can ill afford to lose any of them. We'll try to check in on their status as well.