Dan Hampton, one of the greatest Bears players of all time and a frequent contributor on WSCR 670 The Score, brought up an interesting point today on “The Danny Mac Show.” Although not one of the sharpest knives in the drawer, I can’t deny him his football intelligence. Hampton warned that Mike Martz’s and Jay Cutler’s egos could become a hindrance if Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense has a good deal of success early in the game.
Hampton argued, and I agree, that the Bears can’t get into a shootout with the Packers because it’s a fight they can’t win. If Rodgers throws a deep touchdown pass, will Cutler come out with bravado on the next series and try to match him? If the Bears get down early in the game, will Martz abandon the run altogether and have Cutler winging the ball all over the field?
The Packers have more talent than the Bears, which is why they were predicted by many to reach the Super Bowl prior to the season. So the Bears can’t get into a situation where it’s a game of one-upsmanship. It’ll take a team effort to win the game and the Bears cannot abandon the run if they fall behind early.
My biggest fear for this game is the Bears failing to generate pressure on Aaron Rodgers. My second biggest fear is Martz and Cutler straying away from the formula that got them here in the first place.