With a new season comes new hope for the upcoming year; however, the Bears didn’t show anything spectacular in their first preseason game, as the team lost to the Broncos 22-0.
“Obviously I was disappointed and our team was disappointed,” head coach John Fox told the Chicago media after the game. “We were expecting more. I don’t know that we executed as well as any of us expected. It is preseason, you don’t game plan, it’s pretty basic, but there’s plenty of room for improvement.”
The Bears really got their first taste of life without running back Matt Forte, tight end Martellus Bennett and offensive coordinator Adam Gase in their first preseason game. The offensive starters had trouble getting the ball rolling. In the first quarter, quarterback Jay Cutler completed three of his four passes for only 18 yards and he was sacked twice.
“We need to get better and it starts with everybody. It’s starts with me,” Cutler told the Chicago media after the game. “We’ll take a look at it in the limited amount of plays we were in and we’ll assess what we did good and band and try to get better.”
While a 22-0 loss might look bad on paper, it’s only the first game of preseason. The Bears aren’t freaking out over their performance and realize they have to work hard to get to where they want to be.
“I don’t think you want to hit the panic button,” Cutler said. “It’s the first preseason game but there is a lot for us to get better [at]. We’re going to look at the film and see some good see, some things we missed and it starts with me and the offense and everyone is involved.”
There was one positive takeaway from the game – there were no serious injuries. Defensive end Cornelius Washington is being evaluated for knee and ankle injuries, running back is under concussion protocol and rookie safety DeAndre Houston-Carson had his neck looked at by team doctors. Wide receiver Eddie Royal and tight end Zach Miller did not play in the game because of concussions. However, none of the injuries are believed to be severe.
The Bears have a lot to work on before Sept. 11 when they take on the Houston Texans in Week 1.