1. This is never going to be "The Greatest Show on Dirt"
Martz is foolish to think he can simply sling the football all over the field like he did in the glory days with Warner and Co., and there is no excuse for only getting Matt Forte and Chester Taylor a combined 12 carries against Seattle when it was a one-score game for three and a half quarters.
2. Draft busts on the D-line coming back to haunt Angelo
It would be one thing if Tommie Harris was still a dominant player and able to mask deficiencies in the rest of the D-line rotation, but he is little more than a warm body at this point and hasn't made one big play yet this season.
3. Hard to balance continuity vs. further tinkering up front
Smith hinted Monday that he is going to keep the same starting lineup when the Redskins come to town Sunday, but if Brian Orakpo and the like continue to make Cutler's life miserable, expect to see more changes after the bye.
4. Tillman should have been moved to safety a while ago
If the Bears had a pair of reliable corners on the roster, and the step back this season from Zack Bowman proves they don't, then Tillman would make a lot more sense at safety because of his ability to support the run and force turnovers, plus his declining man-to-man skills wouldn't be as much of a liability.
5. Special teams have to be the great equalizer all year
The Bears made it to the Super Bowl in 2006 with an average offense and an above-average defense because they were sensational on special teams week in and week out, and if they have similar aspirations in 2010, coordinator Dave Toub needs to keep pulling rabbits out of his hat.
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