COMING UP TO THE MIDPOINT IN THE SEASON

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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.

 

YOUR 2019 FAUSTIAN BEARS

 

 

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To borrow one of Lovie Smith’s little analogies, the Bears are in the second quarter of their season with still plenty of ball left to play. 

Good to see Lovie get a win over my Wisconsin Badgers. The way the fighting Illini were celebrating that victory you’d think they were the team destined for greatness and not the Badgers.

So are these Bears destined for anything so raucous? Why does it feel like they’re down by 21 points already in this football season of a game? 

Are they actually in the middle of a crossroads? 

Robert Johnson’s crossroads. 

Robert Johnson who sold his soul to the devil to become a legendary blues guitar player. 

Are you going to sell out with everything you got to make the playoffs and mount a Super Bowl challenge or start planning ahead for next year’s team knowing you’re not good enough?

Of course the Bears don’t need to sell their soul to make the playoffs and possibly win the Super Bowl. But they do need better than average quarterback play, great talent that plays like great talent and a little bit of luck. 

They also need to run the football, when David Montgomery is averaging 3 yards a carry and Tarik Cohen hasn’t even been a factor what’s going on?

ONE THING TO ASK THE DEVIL FOR MIGHT BE A BETTER QUARTERBACK

Mitch Trubisky is playing like the worst quarterback in the league. I hate to say this. I thought he was going to turn the corner and be great but that obviously hasn’t happened and I think the league is figuring out why.

He’s just not a good pocket passer and he’s not very accurate. He doesn’t really lead his receivers too well and hit them in stride. Probably the toughest thing to see is how uncomfortable he is just standing there. Part of this is Matt Nagy’s fault. 

How many times do we see the Bears get to the line of scrimmage and just stand there for 20 seconds, letting the defense catch their breath, and failing to get his quarterback into any kind of marching rhythm. 

How many times do we see him rolling out? Escaping the pocket? Creating on the fly?

It looks to me he wants Trubisky to be a kind of player he isn’t and so he hasn’t adapted to what his strengths are yet like moving without the ball and running.

ANOTHER FAUSTIAN DEAL TO MAKE MIGHT BE GETTING THE RUNNING GAME GOING

All we heard in training camp was how good David Montgomery is, how tough he is to tackle, and what a season he was going to have. He in fact might be and do all those things but something needs to change. 

I think he’s got talent. The number of guys he’s made miss has already exceeded what Jordan Howard could do last year. He can be a better back than Howard but so far he hasn’t shown it.

He looks like he’s tentatively hitting the holes and has no real long rushes from scrimmage. 

Plus the offensive line really doesn’t look like it’s been blocking as well this year and really pushing guys around.

And where is little scatback Tarik Cohen. Where are his attempts and targets? 

And where is Matt Nagy’s commitment to the run? All this adds up to 3.4 yards an attempt and one of the worst rushing offenses in the league.

DO YOU NEED TO SELL YOUR SOUL WITH SUCH AN IMPRESSIVE DEFENSE ALREADY?

It might be the most impressive thing about this year’s Bears is what the defense has done considering the offense has done squat. Even after losing Akiem Hicks and Bilal Nichols and Roquan Smith for a game they look tough. 

They haven’t been thoroughly dominating teams like last year and scoring touchdowns but they still have got some great players. Hopefully losing Hicks won’t be too big a loss and other guys will step up.

My guess is Robert Johnson before selling his soul must’ve had some amount of talent or something like a massive heart or else he wouldn’t of gotten to meet the devil in the first place, or ever wanted to be so great. 

I’m not suggesting the Bears sell something so vital to win a measly Super Bowl, but they might have already. 

DID THEY ALREADY SELL THEIR SOUL?

Khalil Mack can flat out play football as good as Robert Johnson can play guitar, but missing high draft picks for a young coach and rebuilding team is quite a high price to pay. Can he, Mack, by himself make the defense great? I think he already has. Can he continue to make those around him better? Looks like he’s doing that too. If the Mack and the defense has anything to say about it this team would already be famous.

ONLYIFYOUDREAM tidbits………..if all one did as a Bear fan was listen to and read Hub Arkush one would need little else to know how good the Bears are doing. A master craftsman at his work and I can only tip my cap and nod my head. In one of his columns last week he was talking about acquiring Colin Kaepernick as a no brainer to help make your team better and of course he’s dead on. Kaepernick is not the devil but the way the league has treated him you’d think he was. It would be a ballsy move to be sure, but greatness doesn’t sit and wait.

 

 

 

8 REASONS FOR HOPE 8 REASONS FOR CAUTION

 

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8 REASONS FOR HOPE 8 REASONS FOR CAUTION

Ok 3-1 is good especially after that opening night debacle but how good are we? Well, we’re 0-1 against teams winning teams and 2-0 against losing teams, and 1-0 against 500 teams. How will it be when we play the Rams or the Chiefs or the Saints or the Packers again? Hard to say.

Do we need Trubisky to win? Is Chase Daniel more accurate? Doesn’t it seem the Bears defense has improved from last year?

Like in the Big Lebowski, lots of ins, lots of outs lots of strands in old duder’s head. 

I wouldn’t take Oakland for granted and I know Jon Gruden will be up for it as much as Khalil Mack, and then we go into the bye week which will give Trubisky some time to heal. 

All is good. Isn’t it?

REASONS FOR HOPE

  1. Even when compared to the past Bear defenses this one looks great.
  2. Even with key players out the defense looks great.
  3. The pick up of Ha Ha Clinton Dix looks like we stole one from the Packers, than the usual other way around.
  4. On the offensive side doesn’t Allen Robinson look like he makes every catch he dives for?
  5. David Montgomery is a bruiser and I like how he always knows how to fall forward and make guys miss.
  6. I like how for the most part we’ve protected the ball on the offensive side.
  7. Eddy Piniero!!! Way better than we could’ve hoped for at this point.
  8. To not have Roquan Smith or Akiem Hicks and still do what we did to Minnesota is way impressive.

REASONS FOR CAUTION

  1. At some point you have to take shots down the field and spread out the defense, we haven’t really.
  2. Nagy’s play calling sometimes looks a little questionable, like running Chase Daniel when we had no backup QB behind him.
  3. Great teams destroy worse teams, we let them hang around at the end.
  4. Is this about as good as we can expect from Trubisky or does he still have upside?
  5. What happened to rolling Trubisky out more?
  6. Is a great defense alone enough to win a championship?
  7. From what I’ve seen Trubisky doesn’t know how to just get down when the play is a bust.
  8. So few passing TD’s in a pass dominated league is a bad sign.

 

PREDICTION——-BEARS 21 RAIDERS 14