MNF Review: The Bears' offense
December, 10, 2013
By Steve Muench | ESPN Insider
The Bears retired former tight end and coach Mike Ditka's jersey No. 89, and the Chicago offense honored him with a dominant performance in a 45-28 win over the Dallas Cowboys. It seemed appropriate that the offense had to overcome the elements with the temperature in the single digits and a subzero wind chill at Soldier Field.
Unfortunately, we don't have college tape from the late '50s and early '60s, so I watched Ditka highlights from Pitt on YouTube, and his passion for the game is evident in the way he played it. His determination and ability to fight off would-be tacklers after the catch is impressive. He showed no hesitation working the middle of the field and held on to the ball after contact. Although the highlights didn't include blocking, his reputation for tenacity and toughness is well known.
Current Bears tight end Martellus Bennett turned in a workmanlike performance against the team that selected him in the second round of the 2008 draft. Bennett didn't catch more than 33 passes in any of the four seasons he backed up Jason Witten in Dallas. He didn't progress as expected with the Cowboys, and, unlike with Ditka, some questioned Bennett's commitment to getting better, especially in his last year with Dallas. However, he had his best receiving season with the Giants last year and is on pace to best those numbers this year.