Benson helps revive sluggish running ...

Benson helps revive sluggish running attack

There are 64 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 7, 2007, titled Benson helps revive sluggish running attack. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

For a while at least, the Bears were getting the kind of running they thought they would get when they took Cedric Benson with the No.

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Mike

Vail, AZ

#1 Oct 7, 2007
If you watch Benson, he takes a lot of plays off and rarely runs hard to the hole. Peterson is far more explosive than Benson. There were a couple plays in the fourth quarter where you could see Benson actually ran rather than just tip-toeing and it made a huge difference. Of course he got winded so I wonder if he's in shape. I think they need to replace him with Peterson. I don't think he's giving it his all. Having Jones there last year pushed him. He clearly needs someone always pushing him to be anything other than mediocre.
Adam

Chicago, IL

#2 Oct 8, 2007
What game were you watching? I continuously saw Benson crash into the line for a gain of 2 yards. He had only a couple "good" runs and at one point I saw him take himself out on a critical third down and short. He might have made improvements this week but still needs improvement to be the back he is suppose to be.
Bluetick

Hoschton, GA

#3 Oct 8, 2007
Gotta get more outta the o-line to open the holes & afford QB protection. Agree w/Madden on his comments. CB looked lethargic and as if he wasn't "hungry". A Walter he'll never be, but the talent is there so now's the time for him to turn it loose.
Patrick

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 Oct 8, 2007
If the Bears lost this game the goat would be Cedric and the offensive line. They were HORRIBLE! Only because Griese and the tight ends stepped up is the media finding some positives. Cedric looks slower and heavier this year than last and doesn't seem to get it. The offensive line is frighteningly bad. We were handed this game on a silver platter. Not a ton to celebrate other than Greg Olsen. Please remove Danielle Manning from CB.
Jake

Chicago, IL

#5 Oct 8, 2007
How could you post that story? and that headline. In what world is 64 yards on 27 carries good?
Hurdlethis

Chicago, IL

#6 Oct 8, 2007
not all that strong of a performance ... only 64 yards on 27 carries is pretty crappy. i'll give that Benson ran a little harder than in past weeks, but if he's getting 27 touches he should have over a 100 yards - plain and simple. to Benson's credit, the offensive line absolutely sucks!
ralph

Rockford, IL

#7 Oct 8, 2007
WHAT?!?! Benson sucked, AGAIN! But, to be fair, the O-line really sucks, and he might be a little better with a better line. Then again, maybe not, he doesn't seem to be very motivated.
aaron chicago

Oak Lawn, IL

#8 Oct 8, 2007
Are you kidding me John Mullin, to say Benson revived the running game??
27 carries for 64 yards, about 3 yards a carry for the #4 draft pick, is a complete JOKE!!! Benson is a joke!!! What have we gotten for all the guarenteed $$ that we had to pay this sorry of an excuse running back!
Marc

United States

#9 Oct 8, 2007
Benson really provided the ground game for the Bears...wow, 2.4 yards per carry...quite stellar for the 4th pick overall a few years ago...awesome game guys, you really ran the ball well...Ha! The Bears got completely lucky with the all the Packers turnovers...I sure hope nobody in their right mind is actually now excited about this team...maybe next week Benson will really be dominant, maybe up to 3 yards a carry...
Iowa Boy

Cedar Falls, IA

#10 Oct 8, 2007
To say that Benson is back running the ball is a JOKE! He's still sorry because he will not hit the hole when it's there. He's light on his feet and I think that he fears on getting hit. He needs to run with more power. Again, It's too bad that Thomas Jones is not with the team again, because he made Benson work harder...
spencetinyram42

AOL

#11 Oct 8, 2007
while trying to eat up the clock, cb runs out of bounds instead of eeking out a couple more yards and taking a few more seconds off? I hope some one points that out to him while they are looking at film.
Larry

Chicago, IL

#12 Oct 8, 2007
tribune reporters have to be held accountable, too. to surmise that the running game was revived means you were watching another game. someone is responsible- either the coordinator for stupid choices or the players for lousy execution.
how many times does it take to figure out that the hole is plugged and to bounce to the outside?
Tilman, the linebackers, Olsen and Clark are the reasons they won, period. There still was no running game.
Arte

Wichita, KS

#13 Oct 8, 2007
Adam wrote:
What game were you watching? I continuously saw Benson crash into the line for a gain of 2 yards. He had only a couple "good" runs and at one point I saw him take himself out on a critical third down and short. He might have made improvements this week but still needs improvement to be the back he is suppose to be.
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Yep ....... A LOT of improvement !!

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Arte

Wichita, KS

#14 Oct 8, 2007
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If he KEEPS this UP ---------

He'll be know as "2-yards-Benson".--- --

That is, UNTIL we actually NEED 2-yards,...then he'll revert to "no-yards-Benson".

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ditkajr

Cerritos, CA

#15 Oct 8, 2007
really? 64 on 27? That's your article? That's what it takes to be a sports writer for the trib? Sign me up.
fla bears fan

Miami, FL

#16 Oct 8, 2007
You must be kidding. Perception is a funny thing. Perhaps, you wrote this to spark commentary. This is the worst back ever. He never puts forth the extra effort. Look at his stats, look at his injuries, look at his lack of motivation and work ethic on the field. I watched the Jets to see the real back we sent to New York. Jones always gives 100 percent. We can't say that about this guy. Not to mention, he was a class act, who motivated the team and the crowd.
CCallanan

Morgantown, WV

#17 Oct 8, 2007
No mention of Adrian Peterson? AP is the reason the bears won, his 3rd down run in the 4th quarter sparked the win.
the outlaw

Phoenix, AZ

#18 Oct 8, 2007
Drafting Benson reminds me of when we drafred Ennis and Sallam.Another complete failure in scouting and getting nothing back for big guaranteed money.Oh yes let's not forget old Cade.The offensive line is very offensive these guys need to be put out to pasture and get some young elephants in there who can move a pile.
Patrick

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#19 Oct 8, 2007
spencetinyram42 wrote:
while trying to eat up the clock, cb runs out of bounds instead of eeking out a couple more yards and taking a few more seconds off? I hope some one points that out to him while they are looking at film.
Excellent point. That play shows us what kind of heart he has. Angelo is just covering his a** at this point. There is no reason for him to be starting anymore.
Deke

Chicago, IL

#20 Oct 8, 2007
Benson will run for 100+ yards next week.

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