By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
Bears 10 – Vikings 23
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.
If you recall, the Bears attempted this trick play back in 2011 with wide receivers Devin Hester and Johnny Knox on either side of each other. Hester pretended to have the ball and the defense was focused on him, not noticing that Knox actually caught the ball and took it for a touchdown, only to be negated by a Bears penalty. This time there was no penalty and it worked.
The Bears defense gave the offense plenty of opportunities to get to the red zone in the 4th quarter. They had a chance. But for some ridiculous reason, Loggains never called a quarterback sneak. Four times the gap was open for Trubisky to run it in and each time he was instructed to throw the ball. It was mind-blowing that the urgency of winning, despite your record because that is what you get paid for, was ignored. The play calling was atrocious and it showed.
The Chicago Bears finish the season 5-11, last in the NFC North again for the past several years. However, changes are coming and head coach John Fox has been released and it’s expected that OC Loggains is not far behind.
The Bears need a young, hungry head coach to lead this team in 2018, who can also develop Trubisky’s strength and love for the game. Many possible candidates are in the forefront, including Vikings OC Pat Shurmur, New England Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, special teams’ coordinator Dave Toub and QB coach John DeFilippo of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Whomever General Manager Ryan Pace chooses, he has to be competitive against the division rivals, develop Trubisky’s strengths and arm and call plays that put the Bears in positions to win. They can’t afford another losing season.
Add some key pieces such as a firepower wide receiver, a strong and steady left tackle, and a pass rusher in the 2018 NFL Draft, and the Bears can compete within the league and hopefully stop the bleeding.
Bears fans everywhere will be hanging with bated breath as to whom the new head coach and OC will be. Hopefully, the decision will revive this storied franchise and Bears fans can walk with pride down the streets of Chicago.
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