Larrivee explains biggest reasons for Bears' 2nd-half collapse entering Packers game
GREEN BAY - The Chicago Bears started this season as the team to beat in the NFC with a 7-1 first-half. Since then, it hasn't been such a successful road.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Voice of the Green Bay Packers, Wayne Larrivee, explains two main reasons for the Bears going 1-4 in their last five games and falling behind the Packers.
Green Bay faces Chicago on Sunday afternoon. The Packers were the only squad to beat Chicago in the season's first half.
One of Larrivee's reasons for the second half malaise involves a lack of takeaways by a normally opportunistic Bears defense.
"Takeaways are the big thing," said Larrivee.
"They were doing that with an incredible amount of ease early in the season. They had 28 forced turnovers in the first eight games. They've had seven since which is more than a normal number."
The other - the dramatic failures of an offense that was believed to be a strongsuit for Chicago in 2012.
"They've got some good people. They just haven't been able to make it work on a consistent basis offensively," explained Larrivee.
"We knew this defense was older going into the season. The feeling was, the offense would be in a position to pick this group up, but the offense has not come to the fore. They have not been firing on all cylinders. They have a lot of nice players on that offense, the offensive line problems have not been overcome. When the defense starts sliding, the offense has not been able to pick up the slack. That's the story of the Bears in a nutshell."
Chicago's offensive malaise comes despite having what Larrivee believes is top-level talent at many skill positions.
"He's the most talented quarterback they've had at that franchise since Sid Luckman. When you look at Cutler, and Brandon Marshall, you have two of the top players at those positions in the NFL. Matt Forte's a nice runner. This is a dangerous team," said Larrivee.
"Now, they really need this offense to step up in terms of running the football and scoring, and they haven't been able to do that yet."