1. It was a matter of time before Cutler left with an injury
Offensive line coach Mike Tice tried a couple of different combinations, using both J'Marcus Webb and Edwin Williams off the bench at tackle and guard, respectively, but Week 4 clearly showed that the Bears miss left tackle Chris Williams and need him to come back from his hamstring injury as soon as possible.
2. No D can keep making plays being on the field so much
While it's easy to look at the Bears and claim their top-ranked rush defense going into Week 4 was fraudulent, as they have now fallen to No. 6 in the NFL, Julius Peppers and Co. came up with a Herculean effort for three quarters.
3. Forte and Taylor don't complement each other at all
There is a reason great tailback tandems over the years have usually had great nicknames, be it "Thunder and Lightning" or "Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside," as each ball carrier excelled because he brought a different set of skills to the table – Forte and Taylor, on the other hand, look to be the same player and don't offer anything unique for the defense to consider.
4. Other D-linemen not winning their one-on-one matchups
Unless the other members of the front four can start making some plays and prove worthy of being game-planned against, enemy offensive coordinators will send more double-teaming tight ends and chipping running backs Peppers' way and potentially limit his effectiveness.
5. Manumaleuna essentially a $15 million waste of money
Instead, Manumaleuna totally whiffed on just as many blocks Sunday as anyone on the roster, so the fact that he was active ahead of a proud and reliable veteran like Desmond Clark makes even less sense.
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