Upon further review

Clark says tape shows Bears didn't play that poorly

August 17, 2009, 2:30 PM

By: Jeff Dickerson

The eye in the sky never lies.

Only after viewing a game tape can players and coaches accurately diagnose what took place on the field. Trust me, we all crave immediate analysis, but certain things only reveal themselves upon further review in the meeting room.

"It wasn't as bad as I initially thought it would be," said tight end Desmond Clark. "We just have to get some of the smaller details down. My expectations were that we were going to play a better game, but it's the first game, everybody is trying to feel each other out. I don't think we are that far off, it may have looked like it, but we're really not."

One excuse given for the offensive struggles versus Buffalo: the combined absences of weapons Greg Olsen and Matt Forte. Clark completely dismissed that notion -- for obvious reasons.

"If I didn't say this, it would be a problem, but you've got a Kevin Jones and a Desmond Clark backing up those guys, you shouldn't have a step down," said Clark.

Maybe the biggest highlight for the first team offense came on Clark's 30-yard reception in the opening quarter. Jay Cutler put the ball on the money, hitting Clark in full stride down the seam. Actually, the ball placement was so perfect, it prompted one sarcastic reporter to wonder why the tight end failed to score on the play.

"Usually when you run that seam route, you usually have a cornerback coming off that backside," said Clark. "If you watch the play, I never switched the ball to the right hand, I kept it in my left hand the whole time because I thought the cornerback was going to come off and try to strip me.

"If I had known there wasn't a cornerback around, I probably could've put more effort into trying to beat the safety. I just got to have more of that veteran presence that I didn't have on that play."

Okay, I admit it -- I was that sarcastic reporter.


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