1. The win wasn't nearly as impressive as the final score would indicate
The Bears can get right back in the wild-card race with three straight non-division NFC opponents (Arizona at home, at San Francisco, Philadelphia at home) coming up on the schedule, but a three-game sweep looks like a lot to ask at this point.
2. Beekman-for-Omiyale won't fix all of the O-line's problems
Most concerning is the lackluster play of left tackle Orlando Pace, who, granted, wasn't asked to be as good as he was in St. Louis, but it might be time to at least entertain the thought of sitting him down for a week and see what happens.
3. Playing Payne at free safety was a bad idea in the first place
Either play Manning at free safety on every down – he may improve there as a result – and get Corey Graham on the field in the nickel package, or hope Vasher means it when he says he'll do anything to help the team win.
4. Olsen will never be a tight end in the true sense of the term
It wouldn't be crazy to put Clark back in the starting lineup and then use Olsen as nothing more than a second tight end and hybrid receiver, a role that everyone knows suits him well.
5. Roach can play the middle but is better suited for the outside
The Midway Monsters appeared to be much more ready for what the Browns (ahem) offense threw at them, so re-inserting the veteran Hillenmeyer inside and then moving Roach back outside looks like the right decision.
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