The Bears faced off against the Indianapolis Colts yesterday afternoon. For the most part, they were competitive, and had a real shot at winning, but fumbled away their chance, late in the 4th quarter.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer had another 300+ yard passing day. Rookie running back Jordan Howard rumbled for 118 yards and scored his first touchdown on a nifty 21 yard pass. Second year wide receiver Cameron Meredith posted 130 yards receiving and a score. Veteran defensive end/LB Willie Young registered 3 sacks against the Colts young offensive line. The stage was set. Hoyer had the offense moving for the most part. Penalties did halt a couple drives.
Ultimately, the Bears shot themselves in the foot a lot. Including when Meredith was stripped of the ball with 3:29 left in the game. You can’t put all the blame on one player. Several Bears contributed to their loss.
The Bears record plummeted to 1-4 on the 2016 season. A few questions arose. Is John Fox the man for the job? Surely they could probably get anyone to come in and go 6-10 or worse. Fox’s best attribute is the coaches he surrounds himself with. Perhaps there is a way to lock up one of them, and move on? It wouldn’t really be financially beneficial, especially with Fox having 2 years left on his contract.
Will they make a change at kicker? Robbie Gould is still out there waiting for a call. If money is the only issue, maybe he will take a discount? Barth proved to be no upgrade. I would love to know which clown thought he was. Pace or Fox? This is not the kind of decision making that wins championships. I’m hoping Fox talked Pace into it, but I can’t believe a head coach would cut a kicker a week before the season started. Especially when there was no hint of competition in training camp.
Lost in the shuffle: First year offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains seems to have a nice feel for calling plays and has the offense looking better with journeyman QB Brian Hoyer. Much like Marc Trestman had success with Josh McCown. Which makes me think he might do well with a fresh canvas, i.e.- a rookie QB of his own choosing. Loggains is young in terms of football years. I would make sure he feels welcome and know he has the security to implement his own QB. Even if that means hanging on to Fox for 2 more years.
We will have to see how the rest of the season plays out, but if Loggains/Hoyer continue to put up the numbers they have, Loggains might be a hot candidate for a head coaching job somewhere.