Behind Enemy Lines: Part I

Our Scout.com experts, John Crist of Bear Report and Charlie Bernstein of JagNation.com, go Behind Enemy Lines to take a closer look at Sunday's Week 14 matchup between the Bears and Jaguars at Soldier Field. Let's begin this three-part series with five questions from John to Charlie.

John Crist: Nothing seems to be working offensively in the River City. David Garrard isn't as sharp as he was a year ago, the running game hasn't been as good, and the receiving corps doesn't scare anybody. Were the O-line problems simply insurmountable?

Charlie Bernstein: A lot of people want to put the offensive problems squarely on the offensive line, and they haven't played particularly well, but the problems began long before then. Teams have been loading up the line of scrimmage with defenders to stop the run, and Garrard hasn't been able to toast one-on-one coverage.

JC: Fred Taylor has always been a class act, but it appears his career in Jacksonville is drawing to a close. While Maurice Jones-Drew is quite fun to watch, is he capable of shouldering the load by himself? Or does he need a new partner in crime?

CB: Jones-Drew has shown that he can handle the entire load by himself, but I think the Jaguars are more keen to the idea of having a tandem at running back. If Taylor isn't retained, rookie Chauncey Washington or fullback Greg Jones could be Jones-Drew's complement.

JC: The Jaguars just can't get it right at wideout since Jimmy Smith retired. First-rounders Matt Jones and Reggie Williams haven't lived up to the hype, and adding the duo of Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson didn't help. Is it time for wholesale changes?


WR Matt Jones
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CB: Jones has improved tenfold this season and is becoming a solid possession threat. There's a lot of hope for second-year player Mike Walker. Porter has been injured for much of the year, but they're basically stuck with him due to the contract. Wholesale changes aren't necessary, but definitely some retooling.

JC: Everybody in Jax is claiming that the rift between Jack Del Rio and Mike Peterson has been repaired, but I'm not buying it. When you discipline one of your unquestioned leaders for insubordination, it's never that easy. How will this all shake out in the end?

CB: It's pretty simple. Del Rio didn't like the way Peterson was playing and used an excuse to put him on the bench. At that point, I believe he lost the team. Peterson will not be retained following the season.

JC: The three bozos in the booth on Monday night kept saying that the Jags weren't comfortable with the high expectations everybody had for them. Some teams just relish the underdog role. What's the mood of the team after an awful prime-time loss?

CB: I really don't get the feeling that the team even cares if they win or lose right now. They can't make the playoffs, and now they're just playing out the string.

To read Part II of this three-part series, where John answers five questions from Charlie, Click Here.

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report. Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com.


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