It all went wrong, even after the Bears insisted they were going to take Saturday's game against the Arizona Cardinals more seriously.
Jay Cutler tossed two interceptions and was sacked four more times on a night when his passer rating was 31.0, which was far below either Derek Anderson (111.1), Matt Leinart (135.0) and even rookies John Skelton (70.1) and Max Hall (109.7). The Bears defense allowed the Cardinals to convert four-of-seven third downs, including three of seven or more yards. And even the usually steady field goal unit converted just one of three field goals, with the longest attempt from a manageable 48 yards.
"Not playing good enough football right now. It's as simple as that," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "This third preseason game is important for us."
Later, Smith said, "Blocking, tackling, those kind of things.
"Doesn't matter what the scheme is," he said. "We should be playing better ball, with some of the basic fundamentals of football."
Some of my initial reads:
* The Bears starting offensive line played better than the four sacks that might get laid at their feet. The most troublesome of the four was Chris Williams getting beat, one-on-one, again.
* I thought this was a physical defense? Why do the defensive backs always seem to be giving such a healthy cushion? There was plenty of pressure, including some blitzes, but Anderson completed a lot of his passes anyway.
* There also seems to be a problem with missed tackles. Chris Harris couldn't bring down Tim Hightower on a 29-yarder in the third. Then, on the next play, Harris and Danieal Manning made Hightower look like Barry Sanders. The Cardinals running back juked both safeties en route to a 13-yard gain.
* Chester Taylor made a statement Saturday night, showcasing his playmaking ability on a 34-yard run. He also had a 12-yard catch. Matt Forte, meanwhile, gained just six yards on three carries.
* The Bears receivers appeared to have some issues getting separation against the Cardinals.
* Anyone seen Greg Olsen? He's had three catches in three preseason games, none Saturday.
* Julius Peppers, at least, had a good game. He had a sack, and he showed his want-to when he disrupted an end-around. He didn't get credit for the tackle but the play was his.
* Two former draft picks who were desperate to make a play did. Jarron Gilbert had a sack, and Juaquin Iglesias had a touchdown.