I’m not going to dogpile on the Bears. Lord knows there is enough of that going on around town. They played “down” to the 4-4 Packers, who were without Aaron Rodgers, and had lost their previous 3 games. The Bears were favored by 5-6 points, depending on where you looked. I still saw a thing or two worth being positive about.
Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky didn’t turn the ball over. He took some needless hits. He came close on one particular play that zipped through the fingers of a packers defender. For the most part, he made some good throws when he had to. Probably the lone bright spot was the trade Ryan Pace made to acquire Dontrelle Inman from the LA Chargers. Inman clearly was the most talented receiver on the field for the Bears. He showed quickness, ability to separate, and some real agility. He caught the majority of balls thrown his way. He did drop one late in the game that went right through his outstretched hands. One that had a lot of zip on it.
The good, the bad, and the ugly: No major injuries was another “good” point. The Bears offensive line was particularly bad. I think they made the Packers defense look better than it was. The challenge of Benny Cunningham’s lunge to the pylon turned out to be really ugly. I saw it on the first replay. Sadly the Bears replay official didn’t. I’m sure the Packers would have challenged had the Bears quickly lined up to run a play. Either way, the Bears had their chances after that.
What we really saw was how far the Bears are from being a seriously playoff team. Their margin for error is paper thin. It’s the tiniest of packages underneath the Christmas tree. The focus now should be getting Trubisky though the season a) as healthy as possible, and b) develop him as much as you can with the current roster.
The fate of John Fox will be another story as the Bears move through the back-half of a pretty easy schedule. I have become more of a “Fox fan” this season, and feel he should be able to play out the last year of his contract. Not sure who is even out there that would be a quality replacement. If someone comes available (hot coordinator, or perhaps Jim Harbaugh) Ryan Pace might have to consider that.