Generally, I don't post stuff randomly, but I think this is one of those moments where I need to.
First off, I will say this...and most of you will hate me for it: that was the right call based on what the NFL defines to be a catch. The problem isn't the call....its the rule. As I explained in a comment in another post, the rule should be changed. A catch should simply be a receiver who has the ball in his hands, and two feet on the ground or takes two steps. Instead of this basic definition, the NFL goes with the whole bullshit of "controlling" the ball while the receiver is going down and etc, which has never made sense to me.
Anyways, the point of this post is to look at the many positives of the game. We shouldn't let that catch make us forget the fact that our number two overall pick got a sack in that game, or the fact that our run defense was fairly good, and that our safeties played well. Not to mention rookie Aaron Berry getting a pick. Again, we should've won that game, but there is no shame in losing to a pretty solid Bears team, especially when your starting quarterback is out.
To me, Shaun Hill didn't look all that bad considering he probably practiced only about 15 to 20 percent of the time with the first team. Our offensive line did a pretty good job of pass blocking (unfortunately, the one time they didn't, it cost us big time). That to me is a huge positive. We have the weapons and if we have a line that allows only a sack or two a game, then it won't matter as much who the starting quarterback is. We will play weaker opponents, our players will play better and our coaches will do a better job of coaching. We will play the Rams and the Buccaneers, and no we will not go 0-16 again.
Now, obviously there is a ton of room for improvement, but we have to take a step back and remember that this team won 2 games in the last two seasons combined. We should be optimistic about this team as there is a ton of talent/promise, but at the same time, we can't expect them to win games without key pieces. Was the play calling bad? Maybe. Why isn't more blame going on the offensive line not being able to open up running lanes when those "predictable" run plays were called. Someone commented elsewhere that the Lions run too much on first downs. I got news for you: ALL NFL teams run the ball more on first downs, and it makes sense to run the ball in the 3rd quarter when starting quarterback is out, you have the lead, and a suspect defense.
All in all, that to me wasn't a bad season opener at all. Disappointing? Absolutely, but they were 2-14 last season. They were on the road. They were playing against a division opponent that has everything on the line this season, and they were missing their biggest offensive piece, and in essence, we did beat that team! Even, with our backup quarterback, we pretty much won. Sure, its not going to count in the win column, but there was a lot of progression there, and the Lions players should feel really good about their team and the way they played, other than a few of course (ie Julian Peterson, and whoever that linebacker was that let Forte run wild).