The sad state of affairs reared up and showed it’s ugly head on Sunday, on a sunny day at Soldier Field. The Bears blew an early 10 point lead vs the NFC north rival Detroit Lions. Though you can’t blame any one area, you can put a lot of the blame on the coordinators, coaching in general, and one decision by Ryan Pace.
With 8 seconds left, the Bears had a decent shot to tie the game at 27. Conner Barth, who Fox cut previous kicker, Robbie Gould for, missed from 46 yards out. Barth is not the sole reason they lost. The defense stopped playing in the 2nd quarter, and allowed Detroit to rack up yardage and 14 points. They settled down in the second half, only allowing 2 field goals.
The Bears had their chance with 1:34 seconds left, and all three time outs. For some reason, they left their 2 most prolific weapon on offense on the sideline once again (Cohen was curiously absent last week vs the Packers). Trubisky made some plays down the stretch, including a gutsy run to get a first down, and a couple nice throws.
I have been a big supporter of offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, and I think he has done some good things with the QBs he has been given. It puzzles me how they ran the ball so well in the first half (and parts of the second) then suddenly go away from it when they need it the most. Loggains has said Cohen was the most explosive player on offense, but hasn’t really backed that up with featuring him in key situations.
As far as John Fox goes, I was hoping he would be able to coach the team to some winnable games. It’s not looking like that is a possibility. In addition to losing, the Bears might be without 2nd year pass rusher Leonard Floyd, who left late in the game after Kyle Fuller ran into his knee. It looked like a gruesome hit*.
*Floyd will have surgery to repair his MCL and PCL tendons.