There was a lot of hope at Soldier Field on Monday night. The Chicago Cubs were fresh off an NLDS victory against the Washington Nationals and the future of the Chicago Bears franchise was making his first career start. Unfortunately, we saw the same old Bears we’ve grown used to seeing under the Ryan Pace/John Fox regime. A slow, injured, and untalented football team.
The result was yet another home loss. There was some good, including rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, but in the end, it was undisciplined football at it’s finest.
Here are my knee-jerk reactions to the Bears 20-17 loss to the Vikings.
Mitchell Trubisky Provided Hope
Trubisky played just as everyone expected him to. He was accurate, athletic, and posied. The problem is the rest of the team around him was just the opposite. He proved on Monday that John Fox made the right move by benching Glennon. Trubisky showed he can make plays with his feet by completing several passes on the run and picking up yards with his feet. He also showed that he was a rookie making his first start in the NFL. That was obvious when he rolled out on 1st & 10 and threw the ball right into the hands on the Vikings defender late in the fourth quarter. That’s what a young quarterback does from time-to-time; it’s apart of the maturation process. Still, two turnovers are unacceptable. Especially, with the talent left on this team. Ultimately, I’m impressed with the kid, but there are going to be growing pains.
Undisciplined Football, Bad Officiating
Penalties, penalties, and more penalties. There were flags flying all over the place at Soldier Field. Again, I thought this ended after the Marc Trestman era. What am I missing here? Fox for whatever reason, cannot get his football team to play with some discipline. It’s frustrating and doesn’t expect it to change with this personnel. The officials also were questionable with some of their calls. Still, I’m not going to sit here and make excuses.
John Fox Understands His Job is on the Line
Conservative John Fox, not tonight. That was evident on the fake punt that went for a touchdown. If Fox is gambling, that could only mean one thing- he understands his job is on the line. The Bears look like the same football team they were last year. Of course, injuries play a part in that, but it’s time for the general manager and head coach to be put on notice. This roster is ugly and not getting better anytime soon.
As I stated above, the Bears have many, many injuries. There is little to no help on this roster for Trubisky. The defense has been riddled with injuries. It’s going to be ugly, but that’s ok. This will prove to be a learning experience for some of these young guys. That’s exactly what we want to happen in a lost season. This offseason the Bears front office needs to find a way to add some serious talent to this roster. For now “it’s going to be a grind,” as Jon Gruden said.
Remember when the Bears used to force a hundred turnovers a game? Me too, those were the good all days. Through five games, the Bears have forced just three turnovers. That’s not surprising considering defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s defenses have never been good at taking the ball away. Call me crazy, but I think he’s overrated. Turnovers are needed to win in the NFL; it’s that simple.
Lackluster Offensive Line
I, like many other, thought the Bears offensive line would be one of the few strengths of the football team. Right now, that is far from what we’re seeing. The offensive line has been mediocre, committing too many penalties and boneheaded mistakes. This was shown best when Charles Leno Jr. flat out whiffed on a block that led to the Trubisky strip sack. I’m not sure what to make of this unit going forward.
That’s all I got.
Thank god we have the Blackhawks.