The Bears take on the Chargers in Glorified Scrimmage #1 this weekend, and while Lovie typically only plays the starters for a few drives in the first quarter during this game, there are a few things worth looking for:
1. Does Lance Louis look totally overmatched?
It sounds like Garza is moving permanently to left guard and Louis is the guy who has emerged as the probably starter at right guard despite the early buzz over Johan Asiata. While I like the willingness to commit assault in my offensive linemen, it remains to be seen whether Louis can actually maul guys on the field. Just watch closely to see if he's getting pantsed.
2. Do Urlacher/Tommie Harris/Pisa Tinoisamoa/Matt Forte appear to be back up to full speed?
That one's kind of self-explanatory.
3. If Jay Cutler and Devin Hester have a communication issue resulting in a bad throw, how soon will Rick Morrissey write an editorial deriding Cutler as a bad teammate?
As is this one.
That's about it. Enjoy the game, football is back, even if no conclusions can even remotely be drawn until the 2nd preseason game. Oh, and don't overreact this year.
Unless they win.