Coming up to the midpoint in the season.
I imagine the tumbling tumbleweed rolling over the great expectations
that once filled many a Bear fan’s heart.
I imagine the halls, the hallowed halls of George Halas Way in the sky and 1920 Football Drive on football field earth, are very silent right now.
I find myself already staring into the chasm of an endless night looking for possible quarterbacks to draft in the 2020 draft.
How many quarterbacks does a team have to bring in and try before they can find a stud?
The right answer of course is as many as it takes. I also do think Matt Nagy can help a young quarterback. He’s a born leader, he’s had personal success at the position, and he will defend you.
The only thing he doesn’t have a defense for how bad his own offense is right now.
Settling for the field goal at the end of last week’s game, rather than trying to make it easier on a young kicker and getting a few extra yards with time on the clock, is an elephant in the room. But I think Nagy knows it.
Matt Nagy once Coach of the Year, now brought back down to earth.
There’s nothing so obvious then a parent that is dissatisfied with their own underachieving child. Everyone and especially the child can read it on their face. It’s not an algorithm to solve. It’s just basic human emotion.
Nagy looks that way to me. He looks beyond frustrated, like he’s trying to solve for the moon.
It’s not rocket science as all the dummies like me like to say.
You just have a bad offense, last in the league in nearly everything. But is it fixable?
Sunday’s game against an injured opponent was better. David Montgomery’s long run skews the stats but still, not bad. Even Mitchell T made some nice long throws to Anthony Miller downfield.
The defense looks really pretty great to me and if the offense was just ordinary I think we’d have a contender on our hands. Three losses have been decided by seven points or less.
Also, what team is last place in their division but fourth best in the league in points allowed?
But the defense can’t alone win the Super Bowl, the offense needs to do something, generally speaking.
Sunday’s game against the Eagles will probably be bad. Trubisky looks like he can’t hear in his home stadium and can at times look really lost on the road but we’ll see.
You beat a kid long enough and two extremes emerge. He either folds into himself thinking he deserves it, or he’s born again tough. It’s probably going to be somewhere in the middle.
The Bears have been in every game but one this season, the Saints game. Every other game they’ve competed, even with a substandard offense.
I’d like to see them run more like everyone would, but run more in less than obvious running situations. This offense doesn’t seem like it has made anyone play on their heels too much except for the Chargers game and of course the game against the lowly Redskins.
I’d like to see them throw the ball downfield to give Trubisky some confidence early on in the game, and to keep those defensive backs of the Eagles from playing too tight of coverage.
I’d like to see them surprise some people this week. Usually teams caught in a losing streak can snap out of it, and show great flashes of what they can be.
But can they do it on the road? Against a good team? As much as my heart says yes, my mind says no. Another close game but no dice Chicago.
EAGLES 24 BEARS 18
onlyifyoudreamtidbits…………………to show you what a difference 34 years makes take a look at the often misread and misunderstood quarterback rating. Jim McMahon in our beloved 1985 Chicago Bears, a team that keeps orbiting like the moon further and further away from the earth, had a 82.6 QB rating during that season. Trubisky’s quarterback rating so far this season is 81.4. Eerily close, except McMahon played in the pro bowl that year (as an alternate) and Trubisky is stuck in another kind of bowl.