Chicago coach Lovie Smith named Kyle Orton (above) his starting QB earlier today (link courtesy Kevin Rys), a decision that surprised absolutely no one in light of Rex Grossman’s struggles against Seattle on Saturday. The Chicago Tribune’s Steve Rosenbloom figures the Bears are doomed either way, claming “Grossman left Seattle with a gash on his nose, a bandage wrapped around his right arm, and his career in a sling. Orton ought to start the regular season wearing a red jersey and hope Indy and Carolina buy it.”
Two weeks in a row now, the Bears’ opponents have played like it mattered, using blitzes and game plans, while the Bears have played like they are still lounging in Club Lovie. If your defense can’t hit your offense in full contact drills, then your offense can’t block opponents when they’re firing live ammo, and then you can’t really evaluate a quarterback. But hey, the Bears can’t evaluate a quarterback anyway, so why bother blocking and tackling in training camp, right? Pass the margaritas.
But wait, there’s more folly in Smith’s Gandhi approach and Angelo’s collection of, um, talent: They’re not good against the blitz, they can’t get better without practicing against it, and so, opponents are going to blitz until the Bears do something about it, such as forfeit.
Truth is, everybody will play quarterback this year (Pep Hamilton suits up Nov. 2) because the Bears’ offensive line is expected to be brought up on manslaughter charges. This is the real problem. I mean, Grossman was flagged for intentional grounding on a play run out of shutgun formation. Out of shotgun formation.