1. Other teams are game-planning against the Bears defense
The Raiders and Cardinals in particular did the majority of their damage on slants and crossing patterns in the middle of the field, especially on third down, and that's a sight Bears fans have seen way too often in recent years.
2. Cutler hasn't gotten comfortable with throwing to spots
Cutler's first interception Saturday against Arizona, when he was late getting the ball out to Johnny Knox running a comeback along the left sideline, led to an easy pick by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and is the most glaring example of Cutler's learning curve remaining somewhat steep – nobody ever ran this offense better than Warner, and he did it with finesse, now power.
3. 2007 was more of a fluke season for Harris in Carolina
Now, Bears fans are remembering that Harris wasn't a reliable safety in the first place, as he has been at least partially to blame for two of three touchdown passes surrendered by Chicago this preseason and also came up empty on a couple of open-field tackle tries Saturday against the Cardinals, so it's fair to wonder if Harris was ever as good as his 2007 suggested he had become on Tobacco Road.
4. Hester is kidding himself if he still thinks he's No. 1
While Knox and Aromashodu have both caught TD passes during the exhibition slate, Hester's dubious highlight reel against the Cardinals included dropping a throw from Cutler on a fly pattern – granted, it would have been a tough grab – and fumbling the one snap he got in the Wildcat formation.
5. Peppers' pressure is secondary to penetration up front
Although the organization did its best to sell everyone on the notion that Peppers was going to make the rest of the defensive line better, especially Harris, there has been zero osmosis effect thus far.
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