Buffone's Reaction to the Action

With Ron Turner calling the shots, the Bears looked to have an NFL offense. The unit put up 478 yards of total offense and did something I haven't seen in years.

I wanted the Bears to go down the field, get vertical. In order to be able to do that you have to pass protect. The offensive line gave whatever quarterback was behind center time to throw and didn't surrender a sack. A far cry for unit that gave up an NFL 66 sacks last year.

Rex Grossman led a touchdown drive and connected on completions of 23 and 34 yards to Bernard Berrian and Muhsin Muhammad. He had a chance for another long connection with Berrian, but overthrew the ball. It wasn't a perfect effort by the first team offense. A few drops also left points on the field. Still it is a good start overall.

Thomas Jones provided balance to the attack. He actually turned a third and 10 run into a first down. Last year, that would have been a surrender call to punt the ball, now it's effective because an opposing defense is expecting a pass.

Kyle Orton looked strong, especially going to fellow rookie Mark Bradley. The duo hooked up 3 times for 85 yards in the fourth quarter.

Heading to training camp, Bradley had a reputation for dropping the ball. He proved everybody wrong last night. He has a lot of potential to be a playmaker because of his size and speed combination.

The starting defense looked good. They held the Dolphins to just a field goal and that didn't come until after Alex Brown had to leave the game with an ankle injury. They put good pressure on A.J. Feeley, but only had Brian Urlacher's sack to show for their effort. Other than Jerrell Pippens interception to seal the win, the unit failed to come up with the ball. They need to produce turnovers if they want to be an elite defense.

The second team defense didn't play well. They made too many mistakes. They'll have to work on that because you don't know when you're going to be called on to play meaningful snaps. In fact, there were several players with starting experience on the field at the time, including Bobby Gray, Todd Johnson and Joe Odom.

The kickoffs were short and weak. There was talk of a nine-mile an hour wind, but Olindo Mare didn't have a problem getting the ball to the end zone. Doug Brien is supposed to be able to kick deeper than Paul Edinger, but he was struggling to get his kicks to the 15-20 yard line.

Overall a lot of good to come out of the game with room for improvement coming up on Friday, when the Bears travel to St. Louis to face the Rams.


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