Tonight, they will try again to stop the sea of Blue, but this time around their offensive line is more unseasoned. Plus they'll have to contend with Giants' X-Man, Jason Pierre-Paul.
Matt Bowen of the Chicago Tribune (and the National Football Post) wrote this about JPP:
Pierre-Paul abused Carolina left tackle Jordan Gross — a two-time Pro Bowler — last weekend in the exhibition opener for both clubs. He had two sacks and another quarterback pressure that resulted in an interception.The Chicago offensive lineman charged with trying to slow Pierre-Paul down is 'J'Marcus Webb, a 2010 seventh-round pick out of West Texas A&M, who may become the Bum of the Month to JPP's Joe Louis. Bears' QBs have to be going into this game with their eyes wide open.
More from Bowen:
J'Marcus Webb had issues in the preseason opener against the Bills' Shawne Merriman. The Buffalo linebacker manipulated and took advantage of poor technique from the left tackle, using speed and power to get to the quarterback.The Bears are battening down the hatches. They may have gotten to the NFC Championship Game last year - even hosted it - but they are not looking forward to this matchup. Much of the damage was caused by their inability - or refusal - to adapt on offense.
Monday night, Webb faces another threat off the edge in New York. Even with Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora out with a knee injury, the Bears tackle is going to draw the matchup of former first-round pick Jason Pierre-Paul.
From Brad Biggs of the Tribune:
The Bears return to the scene of the most stubborn play-calling the franchise has seen in decades. A year ago, offensive coordinator Mike Martz went Mad Mike and Jay Cutler was sacked an NFL-record nine times in the first half of a loss at New Meadowlands Stadium.This all may seem like overkill for a preseason game, but keep in mind - no one worked until two-and-a-half weeks ago. The season is approaching quickly. There is a short window to find out what your team is made of...
With that still fresh in everyone's mind, the offensive line will be the first place a national television audience will key, even with the Giants missing defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee). New York's beating of Cutler came largely without blitzing, and it will be interesting to see if defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, a former Bears assistant, dials up some pressures.