Can't judge a Bears' season by its opener

There are 20 comments on the Sep 9, 2008, Chicago Tribune story titled Can't judge a Bears' season by its opener. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

What the Bears did in beating the Colts so soundly was restore their credibility as legitimate NFC playoff contenders.

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Pick6

Skokie, IL

#1 Sep 9, 2008
I think the point of caution here is that the Colts had a 3/5 rookie o-line, and manning probably isn't 100%. There's a chance Colts D was looking past this game as well. That being said, I still think we've got a shot at a wild card
GrizzlyBear

United States

#2 Sep 9, 2008
so what you saying? We shoulda lost against the colts? HMM

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Chicago, IL

#3 Sep 10, 2008
David,

A team that enters week fourteen with ten wins is considered a legitimate playoff contender; not a team that wins one game against a beat up non-conference opponent.
Douglas

New York, NY

#4 Sep 10, 2008
I would agree not to read to much into the victory. I love it, but look at the left side of the line. St.Clair is great at running the screen and athletic enough to run sideline to sideline with his blocking, but he doesn't have that first step, and needs to move to guard if he is going to have a "good" career. We still need a strong left tackle if we will be able to handle the constant blitzes that teams will do against the Bears down the line. Orton will need 3-4 seconds to get his reads and hit the passes. I will say this, the biggest difference between the past years and this year will be that we finally have recievers that CAN CATCH THE BALL. RAC is not a big thing in my book, though helpfull catching the ball first will make the biggest difference this year.
vanvons

New York, NY

#5 Sep 10, 2008
Forte had some good runs on the right side, a few decent ones on the left. Clark scared me in the early part of the game as yet another pass bounces off his hands, but he pulled it together and did ,,ok,,, The defense was lucky with some dropped passes on the other side of the ball. And Tommy Harris doesn't look that effective on the line, but the rotating of players kept the line healthy, though for a young line the center of our D didn't have the effect that we expected. It was good, but not dominate. Special teams, well Ayanbendajo was a HUGE loss, remember when blocks in the back and holding still didn't stop our coverage teams from pinning them deap? So only good thing I have to say, Solid selective running by BOTH of our backs, people need to watch and see that Kevin Jones played well,, even if he's only 80%.
Ron

Woodridge, IL

#6 Sep 10, 2008
Putting the Lions in the same class as the Colts is ridiculous. Only the Ravens were in that class. The Bears destroyed the Colts on offense as well as defense. They also did it in Indy in the Colts brand new house, and survived at least one bad call by the Refs.(roughing the passer on Urlacher). The press were completely fooled by the pre-season play of the team, In 1985 the Bears also went 1 and 3 in the pre-season and managed to go 18-1
Da Bearss

United States

#7 Sep 10, 2008
So by your reasoning, the ViQueens will win the division because they looked so crappy against the slackers. We'll see.
Michael

Seattle, WA

#8 Sep 10, 2008
Dave,
Why do you keep bringing up "False Start Freddie and Ruben I'm rolling on the ground Brown" up in your articles. I'm trying to forget these two garbage cans!
Deke

Ashburn, VA

#9 Sep 10, 2008
Guess someone needed to take Mariotti's place. Nice job Dave.
Denny Green

Tallahassee, FL

#10 Sep 10, 2008
So we are who we thought we were?

Football is like the stock market- past performance is no indicator of future results. The Indy is where Peyton and Marvin go to die.

The Bears match up well with a finesse team like Indy- wait until they play a smash mouth team that can run the ball down their throat- remember Pittsburgh two years ago? carolina, even without SS will be a good test.

Still, the team is good enough to compete in this division, and that will give them a chance in the end. From there you need a quarterback who can guide your team through the playoffs. Oh I forgot, we HAVE ONE who never got credit for it.
Mgray

Riverdale, GA

#11 Sep 10, 2008
One game at a time. It's a very SIMPLE concept.
Mike

Seattle, WA

#12 Sep 10, 2008
Denny Green wrote:
So we are who we thought we were?
Football is like the stock market- past performance is no indicator of future results. The Indy is where Peyton and Marvin go to die.
The Bears match up well with a finesse team like Indy- wait until they play a smash mouth team that can run the ball down their throat- remember Pittsburgh two years ago? carolina, even without SS will be a good test.
Still, the team is good enough to compete in this division, and that will give them a chance in the end. From there you need a quarterback who can guide your team through the playoffs. Oh I forgot, we HAVE ONE who never got credit for it.
Thank you for not mentioning the name.You would have brought the bashers out in full force.
Al P

Altamont, TN

#13 Sep 10, 2008
I bet if Chicago lost David would be saying.."The Season Is Lost"!!!
RamRod

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Sep 10, 2008
The nameless should stay that way. I get riled every time I hear it mentioned as something missed!
Rocket Man

Watertown, NY

#15 Sep 10, 2008
David, you bring up some good examples but who cares about the past and those worthless teams. Would you be saying things like: well, it was the COlts and they opened a new building so it is okay the Bears got trounced (if that would have happened). The bottom line is the Bears outplayed a good football team during week 1 and I guess you are saying Bear fans should only be excited about the next game. Well, you are probably right but I am glad they are 1-0 going into game 2 and not 0-1.
Damani

Schaumburg, IL

#16 Sep 10, 2008
Al P wrote:
I bet if Chicago lost David would be saying.."The Season Is Lost"!!!
Could not have said it better myself! Sounds like the desert after the crow. This is the same guy that did not give the Bears a chance in hell with his "This is not the same team" article. Enjoy the win Haugh!! Every week I will look foward to your Bear bashing articles, even after a win you are still a mood killer!!!!
Dave

Conrad, IA

#17 Sep 10, 2008
Michael wrote:
Dave,
Why do you keep bringing up "False Start Freddie and Ruben I'm rolling on the ground Brown" up in your articles. I'm trying to forget these two garbage cans!
Funny (ironical) that we just signed False Start Freddie" to be our backup and give us depth on the o-line while cutting Barton (who was our depth on the o-line). Let me get this straight, we sacrificed depth for depth?
South Florida Fan

AOL

#18 Sep 10, 2008
Fans may not want to "judge" a team based on the opener, but you, Mr. Haugh, JUDGED them based on last season and pre-season, and now you're looking at openers of the past and matching them with season records, how fair is that? Furthermore, who cares? It proves NOTHING, your predictions are meaningless, your logic is warped, and your columns are pathetic. It seems as if you make excuses why the Bears win instead of giving recognition where it is due.
Bill Lockwood

Ladysmith, WI

#19 Sep 10, 2008
David,

I don't usually post on your column. I'm usually at the "hack writers" column, trying to give back a taste of what they (Moronissy and Rosenpuke) dish out. SO......I just wanted to drop in and say how much I appreciate PREFESSIONAL journalism. I enjoy your column far better than either of those two idiots. You write with both thought and intelligence. Thanks for being a class act!
BigPete

Columbus, OH

#20 Sep 10, 2008
Interesting article, but are you board or something Huffer? You really did not need to rain on everybody's parade with that lame fluff piece.
Why not bemoan the return of Fred Miller instead!?!

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