Chicago Bears: Determined to get it right

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

If you are a Chicago Bears fan, the past decade has been nothing but a roller coaster ride. When the Bears lost the conference game in 2010 against the Green Bay Packers, it was heartbreaking. Two years later, head coach Lovie Smith was gone and the nightmare of head coaches losing regard plagued this team. 

But when head coach Matt Nagy came in, flashy exciting plays and giving the team a 12-4 record in 2018 it was the breath of fresh air fans needed. The problem is that when you give Bears Fans that kind of high then crash and burn the following season, it makes this fandom exhibit dual personalities like no other.

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Dear Chicago Bears Fan

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Hi, Bears Fans!

Congrats!  For my NFC North article this week, I’m dedicating it to you and your team.  Now, as a Lions fan, I’m going to be good, and not give you too hard of a time, but I may slip just a little. So, forgive me in advance, but it’s all in good rivalry fun.  I can’t say too much though. At least your team has won a Super Bowl.

But you guys, I am confused. What’s up with your quarterback, Mitch Trubisky?  Or as I affectionately like to call him, Mr. Buiscut.  I (sort of) feel bad for you.

Yes, I along with many others, laughed when your team traded up to get him in the 2017 draft. He had a typical rookie season, he showed promise, etc. Then came 2018 and you traded for linebacker Khalil Mack.  I was admittedly, as the kids like to say…shook.  The chances of the Lions sweeping the Bears got a little slimmer, not totally gone, but slimmer.

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The NFC North: Should we sound the alarm?

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

I know. You can’t win them all. But this past Sunday, the NFC North laid an egg.  All 4 teams went on the road, and all 4 teams lost their games. Sometimes it’s hard to win on the road in the NFL.

But should we start to sound the alarm? And by alarm, I mean, should we start panicking that the team is heading for disaster and this season is totally shot?  Well, lets head around the division and see what we find.

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Bears Preview Week 3: can Chicago silence the noise in Washington

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

With 53 seconds left on the clock, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky moves in the pocket and fires a bullet to an open wide receiver Allen Robinson, who immediately falls to the ground. Both Trubisky and Coach Matt Nagy are hitting the timeout switch leaving one second on the clock.

The young kicker Eddy Pineiro was on the sidelines waiting for that chance to be the hero, to show this Bears team that he was worthy to be trusted and that he had their back.

From 53-yards the KICK IS GOOOOOOD!

The entire Bears team, coaches and fans jumped for joy as they Bears win, on the road in the toughest stadium to play in. (Cue applause meter.)

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Bears preview week 2: It’s Fangio verses his former team

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Week one of the regular season is over. It’s time to move on to week 2.

Especially those Bears fans who have spent every single day dissecting every decision, throw and play call made or didn’t make against Green Bay. The Chicago Bears have chosen to learn from it and move on to Week 2…and so should we.

And despite several blowout games throughout the NFL, Bears fans will not let the loss to the Packers die. So now it’s on to Denver and a matchup with former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as head coach.

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Bears offense stalls while the defense grinds

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Packers 10 – Bears 3

The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers kicked off the 2019 NFL season at Soldier Field with the hype that was electrifying from a city celebrating 100 years in the NFL. Bears fans were excited to see the current kings of the NFC North take the field.

Experts and sportswriters were convinced that with the absence of Vic Fangio from the Bears defense, that they would regress. But that was not the case as the defense sacked quarterback Aaron Rodgers 5 times. Not one sack came from linebacker Khalil Mack but two of them exploded from LB Leonard Floyd. The defense wasn’t completely perfect, as some open space was left for Rodgers to manipulate.  As a result, he put up the only touchdown of the game.

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An early projection of the Bears 53-man roster

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

After the Chicago Bears lost their first preseason game of 2019 to the Carolina Panthers, it was clear who worked for that roster spot. After a few practices, skirmishes and then some, it’s safe to say that for the most part, the depth chart has been set, but with a few surprises.

Quarterback (2): Mitchell Trubisky, Chase Daniel (Tyler Bray may get a practice squad spot)

Running Back (4): Tarik Cohen, Mike Davis, David Montgomery, Ryan Nall (Kerrith Whyte PS)

Whyte displayed some flashes of speed against the Panthers with six carries for 35 yards. But Nall has a bigger upside in his receiving skills, big body and can be interchangeable in position. 

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Checking in on the NFC North quarterbacks

Sonja Greenfield OTFB Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It’s been a pretty eventful offseason for the NFC North teams.  Free agency has brought some good players into the mix, as my fellow reporter Wanda Wiedman has mentioned.  New coaches and coordinators have been hired, and the teams are looking to solidify themselves with a successful draft.

But one thing that stayed consistent in the division where all of the coaches names start with M, are the quarterbacks.  Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins, and Mitchell Trubisky have the honor of quarterbacking in the Black and Blue division.

Today I ask the question, What will 2019 look like for these quarterbacks?

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Full Chicago meltdown after heartbreaking loss in Wild Card game

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman //@WandaW63

Eagles 16 – Bears 15

Heartbreaking does not describe the feeling of every Chicago Bears fan after the devastating loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field. A one point differential. One point. That has been the staple all season, getting close and squeaking out a win.

This was the wild card game against a team the Bears helped get in to the playoffs by beating the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17. But it was a game the Bears should have won and it should not have rested on the leg of a kicker who had been inconsistent all season.

I could sit here and go over the details of what happened that led to a last-second field goal. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky struggled in the first half. He did not give up the ball but his throws were not there. Workhorse running back Jordan Howard was shamefully unused as he had only 10 touches for 35 yards. RB Tarik Cohen was less, at zero rushes. ZERO!

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Fog won’t be an issue in Bears-Eagles matchup

Wanda Wiedman,
Bengalss contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

It was 31 years ago that a strange eerie fog rolled into Soldier Field in a critical NFC divisional playoff game between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. It was a beautiful brisk day in Chicago and clear skies. But there was a cloud of uncertainty between the two teams.

Eagles head Coach Buddy Ryan was going head-to-head against his former team, a team he had built a fierce defense with that dominated in 1985, resulting in a Super Bowl title.

In 1988, the Eagles had the worst pass defense in the league. This year the Eagles rank 30th in passing defense, while the Bears rank seventh. Back then head coach Mike Ditka said that “if we don’t beat ourselves we can win this game”. I would say that same statement would apply today for the Bears going into the playoffs this Sunday. But for the 88’ Eagles, that was the case as they could not score a touchdown due to penalties, including some that negated two touchdowns in the first half.

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