So far this season, the Bears have been in most of their games. On Sunday, the Bears were not competitive from start to finish. The Philadelphia Eagles held them down for the better part of the 60 minute timed contest.
There is a lot of talk that rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky “could be” on the track that 2nd year QBs Carson Wentz, and Jared Goff are on this season. At times, I see it. Yesterday’s beat down, makes that scenario a lot foggier. The Bears defense, and Trubisky seem to be regressing. It could be as simple as the amount of talent on the Eagles, and the Bears margin for error is paper thin.
It’s clear the Bears have a lot of needs. No bigger than the targets Trubisky has to throw to. Right now I am not sure they have a #3 wide receiver. Inman has shown flashes, but his injury history says otherwise. The offensive line could use some help as well. A true left tackle, a right tackle, and maybe a stud center. This will be Ryan Pace’s biggest draft.
Then there is the defense, that has been pretty solid all year. They have held opposing QBs to less than 2 TDs a game, and many RBs to less than 100 yards a game. They played OK in spurts, but for the most part, the Eagles did what they wanted to do, when they wanted to do it. Their big QB converted 3rd and 4th downs, keeping the ball, and running over the Bears defensive line. It was so bad the Eagles put in journeyman QB Nick Foles with 9+ minutes to go in the 4th quarter.
Last week I was starting to give in to the “Fire Fox” movement. I was still hoping Fox would lead the Bears to respectability. This week, my “knee-jerk” reaction is to fire everyone, even Vic Fangio. The sad reality is, the Bears just don’t have the talent. I am kind of tired of hearing how Phil Emery left the Bears in bad shape. This is kind of a misnomer. Emery whiffed on draft picks, but he built up the offensive line, and loaded up on free agents. He got players like Willie Young, drafted Kyle Fuller. Pace had 3 years, 3 drafts, and 3 free agency periods. Some hit, some didn’t.
What’s left? The 49ers come to town next Sunday. After that the Bears travel to Cincinnati and Detroit, come home for the Browns on Christmas Eve, then end the season at Minnesota on New Year’s Eve. The 49ers game should be interesting. It should tell us where the Bears stand as a team. If they come out flat, that is another nail in the Fox coaching regime’s “coffin”. If they Blow out San Francisco, that is a good sign. One note: Jimmy Garoppolo made an appearance in the 4th quarter, and could start vs the Bears. So there’s that.
I don’t expect the Bears to win any of their remaining road games. That leaves 2 wins vs the 49ers, and Browns at home. A final record of 5-11. Probably a coaching change, and a top 10-12 pick in the 2018 draft. It’s an all too familiar song and dance in the Bears recent history.