1. Maybe Cutler will never be an elite quarterback after all
It's understandable that he would want to go after DeAngelo Hall of the Redskins, as the loudmouth former Pro Bowler is only an elite player these days in his own mind, but after serving up four picks Sunday, Cutler has more in common with unproven QBs like Chad Henne and Kevin Kolb than premier passers like Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers.
2. Tinoisamoa has been an unsung hero on D this season
The Monsters of the Midway have kinks to work out with their front four and their secondary, but, assuming Briggs returns healthy after the bye in Week 8, this team is loaded at linebacker – Tinoisamoa's training-camp battle with Nick Roach is a thing of the past.
3. O-line can no longer be held together with bubble gum
The last time this team had an effective offensive line, Kreutz was a legitimate difference maker, future Hall of Famer Ruben Brown proved to still have some gas in the tank at guard and John Tait was earning a fortune to hold down the fort at tackle, as the Bears moved on to Super Bowl XLI.
4. Wright needs to be in the mix after the bye week
Not to mention the fact that Martz's offense doesn't look anything like it did in the glory days of the Rams, so the defense has to author some big plays and maybe put the pigskin in the end zone on its own, like D.J. Moore did against Washington.
5. Smith is one of the league's worst game-day coaches
Credit Smith for his overall 56-47 record, his two division titles and his one Super Bowl appearance, because he has done a lot with less than Pro Bowl talent at several important positions, but his game-day decision making is questionable at best and downright dumb at times.
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