The expectations for the outcome of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals were supposed to be low. If you were expecting a blowout, then your expectations were a bit too high. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 16-14 thanks to the defense.
The Bears defense was a little slow at first, including a couple of botched plays in coverage from linebacker Danny Trevathan. Those two ended up in touchdowns. But with some motivation, the Bears defense came alive and held quarterback Sam Bradford to 0 points for the rest of the game.
However, Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky struggled throughout the day, especially when he would drop his eyes the moment the Cardinals would pass rush. He failed to connect on the deep balls but did just enough to lead his team to victory.
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’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was no surprise to anyone. The number one team in the league would be red hot at home and they were not about to hand it over to the bumbling Bears. But the game would be indicative of the type of season the Bears have had, heck let’s just say the past several years.
Analysts have stated that it would take three to four years to rebuild the Chicago Bears back into competitive form. Unfortunately, it will take longer and it has to start from the top. President and CEO Ted Phillips of the Chicago Bears has been a part of the organization since 1984. He didn’t become CEO until 1999. It was Phillips who hired General Manager Jerry Angelo in 2001. He managed the team for 10 years.
In early October as the football season was in full swing. There was an outcry from fans to bench quarterback Mike Glennon and start rookie Mitch Trubisky. Hoping that it was just a QB issue, Bears fans were ecstatic when the rookie was started and the organization could start winning games. Even though the Bears won two in a row, it was due to the defense and not the quarterback change.
This led bearsbarroom.com to believe that the crux of the Bears losing display was solely on head coach John Fox. They were hoping that by October 30th, their cries and demands would be heard and he would be gone.
You’ve seen the promo ads on Twitter, you know the one that displays the words “FireFox”, resembling that of the Mozilla search engine logo at the expense of head coach John Fox. Many fans and some sports writers believe that in order for the Chicago Bears to succeed they need to throw away their season and lose games so that it will force owners and vice president of operations Ted Phillips to fire Fox. But tell that to the 53 players on that roster that they need to lose games. Go ahead….I’ll wait.
Now, maybe some fans have forgotten what firing a head coach did to this team. The last time the Bears had a decent winning record was in 2012, which was the last season coached by Lovie Smith. But since 1992, which was the last time Mike Ditka coached the Bears, there have been 5 coaches and only one who has led them to several winning seasons and a Super Bowl appearance. It was a shock to the team when Lovie Smith was released. That’s when it all went downhill.
The pleas of the masses have been heard. On Monday, October 2nd, 2017, the second-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft will start his career under center for the Chicago Bears. Coach John Fox discussed it at length on the Bears Coaches Show on WBBM AM 780. “It was just a decision I thought needed to be made.” Really?
Doesn’t it seem odd that numerous analysts predict he would get the nod between Week 5 and Week 7? Heck, even former Bears wide receiver Victor Cruz and center Olin Kreutz said he would start Week 5.
From 2004-2012, Lovie Smith was the head coach of the Chicago Bears. His first three goals were to beat the Green Bay Packers, win the NFC North, and win a Super Bowl. He achieved two of the three goals.
During his first season with the Bears, he installed a new offense and defense but had bouts of injuries and a season-ending injury to quarterback Rex Grossman. His first season record was 5-11. However, since he was a defensive-minded coach, the defense improved from 22nd overall in 2003 to 13th in 2004. By 2005 the Bears started then back-up QB Kyle Orton with a dominant defense and ended with an 11-5 record, despite starting the season with a 1-3 record. Look familiar?
Enter the John Fox era. Fox accepted a four-year deal as head coach of the Bears in 2015. It was predicted that the Bears would have a 3-13 record, but in his first season they ended with a 6-10 record. So instead, the Bears used the predicted previous record for the 2016 season, finishing 3-13. A regression that many hung on the excuse of a team rebuilding.
It is now 2017, and the Bears have started the season at 1-3, losing in epic fashion to the Packers once again, in the prime light of Thursday Night Football. The coaching was geared to quarterback Mike Glennon’s strengths, which is the opposite of his scouting report. According to general manager Ryan Pace: “He has the height, arm strength, the ability to quickly process.” Yes, he has height, but it gives no advantage to his field of view when he sees only what plays are given to him for the short routes. Time and time again, film shows Glennon waiting for a particular player and not the open receiver.
It is no secret how some people feel about preseason games. Some would prefer that they disappear all together. Others believe they should be shortened to just two games to assess the players on the field.
Either way, the Chicago Bears came to play at Soldier Field Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns – sort of. The Bears have been pretty successful in defeating the Browns during preseason, almost treating it as a gimmie. But not last night.
The loss turned football fans and sports writers into fiery dragons. But was head coach John Fox really to blame for the loss and rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky‘s garbage time sack? Or did the offensive line fall asleep at the wheel? Well, let’s check all the evidence to be sure.
Those in the football world know that the last preseason game of the year is basically to weed out the not-ready-for-NFL-Primetime-players. The premise is to keep the ones that stand out, came to play and give the backup and third string quarterbacks an opportunity for more reps.