Pyle Ponders: How far does Kyle Orton have to go?

A lot of people have been given Kyle Orton kudos for his performance against the Redskins. I'm sorry, but I wasn't watching the same game. It couldn't have been more obvious after the opener that the offense still has a long way to go.

Orton may have tremendous potential, and I do think that he will be very good someday, but on Sunday, he was horrible. Overthrown passes, botched plays, everything we didn't want to see was right there in front of us. If he'd had much more preseason game time, this could have been prevented. Unfortunately, that isn't Lovie Smith's approach.

Cedric Benson? Again, great potential there, but he only touched the ball three times because he's trying to catch-up on all the things he missed. Quite a few other rookies started in the league and they had tremendous results. These young players were also in training camp, something that Benson couldn't be bothered with. What a difference that made. Cadillac Williams was drafted right after Benson and gain 125 yards against the Vikings. That's the kind of thing I'm talking about.

The 166 yards of offense is laughable, but its the kind of performance been going on for years. You don't belong playing at this level if that's the best you can do. I put much of the blame for these woeful results right on the offensive line. They are veterans and should know what they are doing. Anytime I looked, there weren't any holes open.

The dropped passes, the missed routes, things like that are going to kill you. No wonder the passing yards were limited to 125 yards. And what about the false start penalties, the sacks, the continual 3 and outs? Have you ever seen anything more horrifying than the three consecutive false start penalties followed by a sack? It couldn't have been worse.

The lack of a decent offense is what has plagued this team for years, and from what we saw yesterday, it seems as if this trend isn't going to reverse itself anytime soon. Anytime the other team can only score 9 points, you should be able to come out with a win. Didn't happen. The ground game went nowhere, 41 yards rushing. Humiliating. Ron Turner, what do you plan to do about this?

The defense played adequately, but they still let the Redskins come away with 323 yards. I was surprised that Washington was able to run so much on them. And the time of possession clearly was in the Redskins favor. Yes, there were some fine defensive plays, but overall, they just couldn't get the job done. Again, if you are going to win football games at the professional level, you must control the ball. Not their best effort to say the least.

Where do the Bears go from here? Let's hope the coaches can light a fire under the players and get the job done. Performances like yesterday's don't deserve a win. Yes, this team has potential but unless somebody wakes up at Halas Hall, it just isn't going to happen.

Mike Pyle played for the Bears from 1961-69, including a Pro Bowl selection following the '63 season.

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