It was bound to happen. A backup quarterback with not enough playing time slotted to win two back-to-back games? That was wishful thinking. But there were many factors that resulted in a painful Chicago Bears loss to the New York Giants on the road.
First, let’s start with the positives.
– Running back Jordan Howard actually had more than 50 plus yards in this game. As a matter of fact, he rushed for 76 yards, one as long as 25 yards! Hey, this is huge because he hasn’t been a factor in the run game for a while.
– Cornerback Kyle Fuller caught his 6th interception which he read in anticipation to the throw by Eli Manning. He surpassed his rookie high in 2014 of four.
A rivalry unmatched by any other team in the NFL will be rekindled this Sunday Night. The first time the Bears and Packers met, the Chicago Bears shut them out 20-0 on November 27, 1921. However, the last time they met the Bears suffered a crushing loss to the Green Bay Packers 23-16 on November 12, 2017. Needless to say, I hope it will be exciting.
In a nationally televised game, the Bears will need to focus on these three elements to beat the Packers.
The list of possibilities are endless and the Chicago Bears need to make all their 2018 NFL Draft picks count. But will General Manager Ryan Pace go rogue like he did last year by trading up one spot for their franchise quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky? I wouldn’t put it past him. He was very adamant about getting the best player off the board to fill their needs. The question is, what need will the Bears focus on? Will they go offense with a wide receiver or guard? Or defense with an outside linebacker or cornerback?
Now that the 2018 NFL Combine has painted a picture of what options are available, the Bears have a few choices to make in free agency and the draft. Let’s take a look at free agency first.
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.
That was how he picked his players and expected them to play. Two years after Halas died in 1983, the Bears won their first Super Bowl with Mike Ditka as their head coach. Ditka coached with the same no-nonsense attitude, and built a team with passion.
In 2006 the Chicago Bears made another Super Bowl appearance, this time against the Indianapolis Colts lead by the young Peyton Manning. The quarterback for the Bears was none other than the dual playing action of one Rex Grossman. However, it wasn’t Grossman who took them there.
It was the defense that shined that season. It was Halas who said, “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” That was evident with the defense under head coach Lovie Smith. With a defense powered by the likes of Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Mike Brown, Chris Harris, Charles Tillman and Nathan Vasher just to name a few.
These were the men who brought back the Monsters of the Midway. Now it is up to the Bears defensive coach Vic Fangio to put together a defense that can awaken the prolific monsters they once were. If the Bears defense can stay healthy they can do quite a bit of damage.
But let’s face it, it’s getting a little tiresome to hear the phrase, “Well, we lost against the Denver Broncos because it was against the second-and-third teamers”. Uh, those second-and-third teamers may be your backups and must produce better than that! To be a real Chicago Bear there needs to be passion, grit and hard-nosed pillaging.