Etched on the side of a mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota is a monument with the faces of four of our country’s most prolific presidents. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have seen this remarkable memorial, a testament to those who have taken part in building this country.
But in the city of Chicago, they finally have their own monument of middle linebackers that will be forever embodied in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The Chicago Bears have 27 players enshrined in the PFHOF and on August 3, 2018, the 28th member will be inducted; middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.
But in order to understand and embrace the romance and charisma these impact players made for Chicago, it would only be fitting to introduce the Mount Rushmore of Bears middle linebackers.
Immediately after the Marc Trestman short-term era, the Chicago Bears went into a “rebuild” mode, by replacing coaching staff and players. That rebuild brought in John Fox and company in hopes of winning the NFC North and getting back to a winning culture. Well, we all saw where that went and needless to say, it was back to the drawing board.
The Bears interviewed all prospective candidates and chose Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, Matt Nagy to be the new head coach. No one is disappointed at this choice. His hunger to put a winning culture back in Chicago has fans and analysts giddy.
Chicago Bears fans are passionate about their team, but when former head coach John Fox lead them to several losing seasons, enough was enough. A campaign starting with the hashtag #FireFox spread through Twitter, including protests for his firing.
The Bears wasted no time after the last loss to the Minnesota Vikings to release him. It was then that the hunt began for the new head coach and Matt Nagy was one of the first names mentioned.
Nagy, 39, has spent the last 10 seasons coaching in the NFL, all under head coach Andy Reid, who was with the Philadelphia Eagles and now the Kansas City Chiefs. But out of all the candidates interviewed, including Josh McDaniels, Pat Shurmur, John DeFilippo, George Edwards and even their own defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Nagy had the golden ticket and here is why:
“And now I’m glad I didn’t know, the way it all would end the way it all would go. Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain, but I’d have to miss the dance.”-The Dance
Some people would have preferred to sit out the 2017 season, but something about it intrigued fans to continue watching, cheering and remain loyal.
Was it the quarterback controversy that would inevitably take place once rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky was drafted? Even after the Chicago Bears brass had preached that newly signed QB Mike Glennon would be the starter, they tried desperately to stick to their guns but to no avail. It was his performance that lacked the spark needed on offense…or was it?
The Chicago Bears had the opportunity to display the strengths of their rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky with a win on the road, but that didn’t happen. Instead, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains displayed his inadequate ability to call plays in the red zone and utilize the legs of Trubisky.
The Bears defense had a rough start but started to pressure QB Case Keenum in the later quarters. The Bears showed some life with a special teams trick play resulting in cornerback Bryce Callahan taking it to the house for the Bears one and only touchdown for the game.
The Chicago Bears have little to show for a dismal 2017 season. There was so much promise entering a somewhat easy schedule, only to be beaten down by injuries and a questionable coaching staff.
In the past four years, the Bears have lived in the bottom of the NFC North. Lead by two head coaches, (John Fox and Marc Trestman) three offensive coordinators, (Aaron Kromer, Adam Gase, and Dowell Loggains), and five quarterbacks (Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon and Mitchell Trubisky). At least, for now, Trubisky is moving forward to next season.
But as silly as this sounds, it is now a matter of dignity for the Bears to beat the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Eve. They were already bested by the then 1-9 San Francisco 49ers by one point. The 49ers have managed to keep that momentum going winning four more with their future quarterback in Jimmy Garappalo.
However, the Browns are 0-14 and are looking to win at least one game this season. But it can’t be against the Bears. It just can’t.
The Lions have owned the Bears in the past few years. But when it’s a division rival, it’s different. Back in week 11 when they played in Chicago, running back Jordan Howard had 125 yards rushing and the Bears jumped out to a 10-0 lead. The Lions finally got their act together and won the game. This game was different. The Lions came out and scored right away. Yes, it was a field goal, but it was something.
The Lions have had slow starts these past few games. Early scoring was a good thing. The Lions just about pitched a shutout during the first half, only allowing a field goal by at the end of the half. The Lions drastically improved their run defense this game by only allowing 43 rushing yards. In Week 11, they gave up 222 yards rushing. Quarterback Matthew Staffordwas able to make very impressive plays against a tough Bears defense. The most impressive was a 2nd quarter pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones, Jr.
The Chicago Bears got a much needed win and they did it in a big way. Coming off of a one point loss against a 1-10 team was just too much for the Bears and it took their young leader to command a winning mentality in the locker room and the practice field.
“When everyone has that hunger, that desire to want to go out and execute the next play, it makes it fun on offense.”
This is the core statement that rookie quarterback Mitch Trubiskysaid during yesterday’s press conference and it was everything he could have envisioned. It was a well balanced offense, both in the run and pass game, something that fans and writers, including myself, have echoed throughout the season.
If you are a true competitor, losing should never be something you accept. It hurts and gnaws at you. As a fan, it’s heartbreaking when you know the knowledge and talent are there, but so are mental mistakes. The Bears young QB has no tolerance for losing. He took ownership of bad footwork and not being on the same page as his receivers.
After enjoying some much needed time off and a long overdue family gathering, I watched the Eagles/Bears game and had the biggest smile on my face. It was a great weekend personally, and I wasn’t too concerned about the outcome of the game. But, if I’m being honest, it feels pretty good having this kind of confidence in your team.
The Philadelphia Eagles played a sloppy game with three total fumbles for the day and it was frustrating to watch because these are the kinds of mistakes we can’t afford to make when it counts the most. Sunday’s game wasn’t the most important game of the season, not even close. However, turnovers of any kind need to be immediately addressed. Fortunately, Chicago didn’t gain any points from any of those fumbles but the same thing can’t be said for a team such as Seattle or maybe even the Rams, which are the Eagles’ next two road games. Continue reading “Eagles Are Their Own Worst Enemy”→