1. Orton was still the choice under center even if he was a little gimpy
Even if Orton – or Grossman, for that matter – had thrown for 250 yards and a pair of scores in Week 11, the Packers still would have won comfortably in all likelihood based on how bad the Chicago D performed.
2. It's time for a change along the defensive line
Adams played great taking over the for the bust that was Darwin Walker last year and Toeaina made some plays in the backfield after being signed off the Cincinnati practice squad, so it's mysterious why they've both been left out in the cold this season.
3. Hester needs to focus on one or the other for the rest of 2008
Hester should either be removed from the return game entirely so he can focus on catching passes, or he needs to be dropped from the receiver rotation and go back to what he did better than anybody on the planet for his first two years in the league – whichever lane is chosen, this team will be better off for now.
4. Babich is starting to feel the heat on defense
It was debated whether or not Babich was qualified to get the promotion from linebackers coach to D-coordinator before 2007, so he could be made the scapegoat in the offseason should this team miss the playoffs.
5. Chicago has the inside track on the NFC North despite the meltdown
The Packers still have to face the 8-2 Panthers at Lambeau Field, while the Vikings close out the schedule with three toughies: at 7-3 Arizona before home dates with the 6-4 Falcons and 9-1 Giants.
John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.
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