The Highs and Lows of an NFL Season
I wrote a story about the Chicago Bears a few weeks back. You can check it out here. This was after a hot 5–2 start and a quarterback change. Since then, the Bears are still stuck at 5 wins…
After starting the season 5–1 which included a statement victory over Tampa Bay in Primetime, the Bears now sit at 5–5… Still 2nd place in the NFC North, but all hope for a division title has been dashed.
The quarterback change from Mitchell Trubisky to Nick Foles has turned into a complete train wreck. So much so that fans and media members are starting to question whether the Bears should revert back to Trubisky or explore the possibility of a dual quarterback scenario. On Chicago’s last possession of their game against Minnesota, Nick Foles was thrown down violently by the Vikings defensive line. While the injury does not look to be serious, it could fuel the fire for a switch back to Mitch Trubisky once he is ready to play after his shoulder injury.
Chicago’s most recent loss came on Monday Night Football to their division rival, Minnesota Vikings. The Bears have had the Vikings number in past seasons winning their last 4 meetings (Prior to Monday Night). Optimism going into Monday Night was high. Not only because of the Bears recent success against Minnesota, but because Kirk Cousins had yet to win a Monday Night Football Game in his career prior to this matchup.
More positivity for Bears fans came when Head Coach, Matt Nagy decided to give up play calling duties in the days leading up to the game. Many fans and media members had put the blame squarely on his shoulders as being responsible for the offensive woes. Nagy obviously felt the heat and ultimately surrendered his play calling duties over to Chicago’s offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor.
This move came as a welcomed surprise…. Or so we thought.
The first game in which Lazor was the head play caller, the Bears scored 6 offensive points. Those points came on 2 Cairo Santos Field Goals… Chicago’s offensive managed a blistering 149 yards of total offense against a Vikings defensive that has been exposed week in and week out.
The only Bear touchdown came on a Cordarrelle Patterson kick return touchdown to start the 3rd quarter… A quarter in which the Bears have mustered 14 total points through 10 games…
The Bears defense played well as they normally do. 10 of the Vikings 19 points came off Bears turnovers in plus territory. You can not blame the defense for the downfall of this team. The blame lies solely with the offensive unit and play calling.
Out of all Chicago Bears teams in recent memory… The offense this season is far and away the worst. Injuries to their starting running backs and offensive line certainly do not help, but even with a healthy roster, this offense looks pedestrian. The defensive unit has been the one and only positive this season and are the only hope for this Bears team staying in games.
The Bears will receive a much-needed bye week after a 4th straight loss. Following the bye, the Bears will face the Packers, Lions, Texans, Vikings, Jaguars, Packers to finish the season.
Looking at that schedule, I predict the Bears win two more games and finish 7–9. A more than disappointing final record considering the 5–1 start.
I vividly remember telling myself that there is no possible way the Bears finish with a .500 record or worse after starting 5–1… Flash forward 4 weeks later and it has been worst case scenario. 0–4 in the last 4 weeks… No pulse in the offense and the play calling remains predictable.
Bring back Mitch after the bye and give the offense a fighting chance once the pocket inevitably breaks down… I am fed up and I know Bears fans across Chicago are fed up as well.
If something doesn’t change quickly… Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace should sit firmly on the Hot Seat this offseason.