Greg Gabriel was the Bears college scouting director for nine season, up until his contract wasn't renewed after the latest NFL Draft.
Now, Gabriel provides insight for the National Football Post, and he was critical of his former team in a breakdown of this past weekend's preseason games.
Here's what he wrote about the Bears preseason opener in San Diego:
"Chicago disappointed. The Bears are in a position where they have to win this year. Saturday they didn't look like they will challenge for the division this year. One of the things the Bears wanted to improve this season was the run game. In Saturday's game, the running backs ran 17 times for 32 yards. That is not going to win a lot of games in the NFC North."
"While most of the offensive starters played a good part of the first half, quarterback Jay Cutler only played in one series. I felt that was odd being they are playing in a new offensive scheme. Backup quarterback Caleb Hanie had his moments before he left the game with a shoulder injury. He makes plays because of his ability to move around in the pocket."
"In 2009, the Bears defense could not get off the field. They gave up a number of plays when in third-and-long situations. Saturday was no different. They showed virtually no pass rush and the secondary gave up too many plays. On a bright note, third-round pick Major Wright played a very strong game at safety. He is physical and an excellent tackler."
His final paragraph is on the Chargers, and he noted that first-round pick Ryan Mathews "looked excellent."
"He has all the tools to be a very productive back in the NFL," Gabriel wrote. "He is a very strong runner with top run instincts and the quick feet to make defenders miss. San Diego played without a number of key players yet still dominated."
To read his entire entry, check out the link.