What an unbelievably frustrating game to watch.
Late mistakes all around, including the obvious ones by Marion Barber, like the fumble in overtime when he was already in field goal range and had a wide-open field in front of him, but the worst mistake was failing to stay in bounds on a running play with less than two minutes to go in the 4th quarter and the Broncos out of timeouts. If he just stays in bounds, Denver’s best case scenario is getting the ball back in their own territory with 10 seconds to go. That’s a win.
But let’s not forget about the the mistake that occurred even earlier than that: the coaching decision to switch to a soft, passive, “prevent” defense with just a few minutes to go and the Bears up 10-0. It prevented nothing, except the ability to protect the lead, and less than two minutes later, it was 10-7. I cannot stand that style of play, especially when the defense had stopped Denver cold the entire second half.
Stay aggressive! If you just play your game for 60 minutes, you go home with a road win and possibly a shutout. Is Tim Tebow really a threat to make a long pass play that beats you?
Losers of three in a row now, the Bears are 7-6 and fading fast. And you can’t blame this one on Caleb Hanie.