The Bears beat the Dolphins, 27-10, in a preseason game at Solider Field on Thursday, thanks to touchdowns runs by Senorise Perry and Ka’Deem Carey.
The Bears, however, have gone 13-19 over the last two years, including 5-11 last season. Throw in a new head coach and the loss of Brandon Marshall, among other playmakers, and not much is expected from Chicago in 2015.
“The expectations aren’t really high,” Sports Business insider Rick Horrow said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “If Marc Trestman couldn’t coach them up, nobody can. Let’s see what John Fox can do.”
Horrow, who was at Soldier Field on Thursday, spent his afternoon at Wrigley Field watching the Cubs beat the Brewers, 9-2, behind a 10-strikeout game from Jon Lester. The Cubs (65-48) have now won seven straight and nine of 10 to take a four-and-a-half game lead over the Giants (61-53) for the second spot in the Wild Card race.
“It’s been an interesting Chicago day,” Horrow said. “Sitting at Wrigley Field for the first half of the day and watching the juggernaut Cubs – you almost don’t want to watch football. They got most of the bleacher seats (and) the rooftop done. The big scoreboard, I got to tell you, is kind of is an iconic kind of thing and the history of it – I know you need it. But it’s hard to see how dominant that scoreboard is. Of course the bleachers still aren’t done, but they (had) 40,000 people (at the game) – 40,00 people for a Thursday afternoon for the Brewers.”
The Cubs hit five home runs, including two by Kyle Schwarber, and Lester allowed just two runs on seven hits over six innings to lower his ERA to 3.21.
“Jon Lester is the third-best pitcher on their roster today, although he’s turning it around,” Horrow said. “I can’t imagine what’s going to happen when he gets completely hot. All the young kids are playing really well, and the North Side of Chicago is alive again.”
Getting back to football for just a bit, the Dolphins, who have finished between 6-10 and 8-8 in six straight seasons, have reason to hope this year – and it’s all because of offseason acquisition Ndamukong Suh.
“One of the best real deals to come to the Dolphins in a long time,” Horrow said. “I can’t remember a guy with as much impact as him, other than (Dan) Marino in ’83. But this is on the defensive side of the ball, so that makes a big difference.”