Bears overreactions: Will Herbert become RB1 by midseason?

The Bears went on as a touchdown underdog in Week 1 against a perennial title contender in the San Francisco 49ers.

To the shock of some (not this writer or his co-host of the Under Center podcast), the Bears got the 49ers right on time and helped clear the upset with the help of Chicago rain.

A win is a win, and the Bears are 1-0. At this point in the season, you are either undefeated or a bum.

So, with the Bears 1-0 and preparing to head to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers, I thought we’d do an exercise that my friend Matt Maiko does in the Bay Area and try it. I asked Bears fans for their Week 1 reactions and exaggerations to the win over the 49ers. He didn’t disappoint.

overreaction? yes and probably not

Khalil Herbert made a stellar performance in nine carries against the 49ers on Sunday, while David Montgomery was bottled up on a sultry day at Soldier Field.

Montgomery is a talented back, but Herbert’s running style can fit into offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s wide-zone plan. Herbert is a cut-and-back who should be an immediate success, as long as there are lanes to run. Montgomery can be very intentional at times, dancing to the back of the line, which doesn’t fit how the Bears want to conduct their running game.

That said, I don’t see Montgomery losing his RB1 job before November, and I hope he does better on Sunday at Green Bay.

As far as defense is concerned, I have liked what I have seen from Front for All Camp. But it is challenging for three players to reach the double-digit sack mark, even with extra play. The 2014 Buffalo Bills were the last team to achieve such a feat. The Bills did it in 2013 and 2014. Before them, the 2000 New Orleans Saints were the last team to have a trio of pass rushers with double-digit sacks.

Quinn will be there. Others… probably not. I think signing Arman Watts will end up paying dividends, though.

overreaction? yes but i don’t hate it

now we’re talking.

I thought Teven Jenkins had a solid first regular season game on the right tackle. He dropped just one pressure and zero sacks in Week 1, recording the eighth-highest grade among all guards.

You have to commend Ryan Poles, Matt Eberfluss, and Chris Morgan for finding a way to field Jenkins, their most physically gifted offensive lineman, because he wasn’t working on the tackle.

Jenkins has been the perfect defender for less than a month. His progress has been impressive. But the Bears hooked him up with Lucas Patrick on Sunday, and it’s unclear what the line will look like when Patrick’s thumb is healthy enough to resume snapping duties.

But if Jenkins eventually finds himself in the perfect keeper full-time, I think he could have a really good year. A Pro Bowl selection would be one of the wildest about faces I’ve ever seen. It’s not impossible, but there’s still a lot of uncertainty about how the beer’s O-line will shake.

overreaction? No

It’s hard not to be excited about Dominic Robinson’s NFL debut. The fifth-round rookie had 1.5 sacks and 11 passes were two pressures against Rush’s 49.

Great for a guy who was playing wide receiver a few years back.

Now let’s go to Detroit.

2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson made three pressures in his first four series and zeroes after that. The Lions didn’t do well against rookie runs and didn’t get after quarterback Jalen Harts in the second half.

There are many reasons for that.

The Eagles are a run-heavy team that plays from the front for most of the game. In the second half, the Eagles threw the ball only nine times, and none of those passes went more than 9 yards from the line of scrimmage. When the quarterback releases the ball so quickly, it’s hard to build pressure.

I’m not saying that will happen, but Robinson is up 1.5 sacks after a game.

overreaction? a little of the two

I can easily see the Bears leading the NFL in the takeaway. This coaching staff has been fanatical in their approach to takeaways this off-season, harassing players to punch and rip the ball in every game.

We saw that bear earlier in the week when Jellon Johnson punched the ball out of the hands of Deebo Samuel and Jaken Brisker retrieved it. However, turnover is a highly volatile situation, and a lot of it falls on luck. But I think the Bears will put themselves in a position to force a lot of turnover. It just depends on whether the ball bounces its way or not.

Top five scoring defense? This can be difficult.

The secondary has improved a lot, but it is still a young unit that will make mistakes. I’m interested to see what Aberfluss and Alan Williams’ defense looks like on a Sunday when it’s not monsoon.

What I would say is that bears are prepared and detail-oriented. The Eddie Jackson interception against the 49ers was a product of film studies during the week. Davis is also working for the Bears against Mills, Daniel Jones, Jared Goff, Tua Tagovailoa, Zach Wilson, Marcus Mariota and Mack Jones.

Absolutely not killer row. It’s not unimaginable, but we need to see more.

overreaction? Yes

Week 1’s win over the 49ers was significant, especially with the Packers on deck. There are some clear issues on Green Bay’s crime that need to be worked on. But that defense is one of the best in the NFL, and the Bears don’t have Justin Jefferson to tear it down.

Now, if the Bears upset the Packers, dates with the Texans and Giants look like a win. But in the NFL, there is no sure thing. The Giants just outnumbered the Titans, so they might not be the pushovers many expect (they are).

I think it’s fair to expect the Bears to be 3-2 after five games. But I believe they may be more competitive than many people think.

RELATED: Bears win versus 49ers are full of bright spots for the future of rebuilding

Because an NFL season is often filled with confusing results, here’s how I’d say the first five weeks rocked:
vs 49ers: Victory
In Packers: Harm
Vs. Texans: Victory
In Giants: Victory
In Vikings: Harm

If I had told you last week that the Bears start 3-2, you would have taken it.

overreaction? Yes. Yes. a thousand times yes

I’m glad you took the assignment to heart.

Rokan Smith was all over the field after the first quarter. He led the Bears into tackles and nearly created a barrier when he hit a Tre Lance pass in the middle of the field.

In this defense the linebacker spot will be fine for him. Turnover is just a matter of time.

overreaction? Yes

There’s nothing like bothering people a week ago to dream big.

Let’s pump the brakes, shall we? I still don’t think there is an overall talent level for the Bears to score Bengals-type runs. The victory in the clay bowl didn’t do much to change my view. Beat the Packers, and we can talk 13-4.

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