The Bears season ended in typical fashion, with their starting team struggling to hang with their opponent’s second string. Their eventual last-minute win meant they could claim they did not have a losing season. Anyone who watched them all season knows better. They were losers at 8-8.
The Bears were quick to jettison some assistant coaches in a move that looks like they are the scapegoats for a floundering ineffective offense. But they are going to need to do more than window dressing to sort their shit out.
The Bears need an identity. And that isn’t something you simply talk about and speak aloud. Your actions must match your words in order for a true identity to be formed. The Bears have nothing. They talk about balance and the running game, then throw the ball 40 times and ignore the run other than the pathetic Tarik Cohen runs up the middle, which fail with regularity to provide anything positive.
The sign of a good coaching staff is to be able to utilize the talents of the players they have to their best advantage in order to win. The Bears fail miserably at this, which gets Matt Nagy a D- for the season. The only reason I don’t give him an F is there were several games he had the offense in a real flow, seemingly well prepared and effective. But there was no consistency there. Part of that is the wildly inconsistent play of Trubisky, but Nagy deserves a solid share of the blame with some of his offensive plans.
The defense started the season looking like a reincarnation of the 85 Bears, but then became very average. Part of that was due to injuries to key contributing members. But like their counterparts on offense, the Bears D had no identity. They were average against the pass, average against the run, and couldn’t get turnovers to save their lives. Still, in spite of their struggles, they were good enough to win with if the offense could do anything to help.
Nagy needs to do some serious off-season soul searching. If Trubisky cannot effectively run his offense, but the team is going to stick with him, then that offense HAS to change. The easiest way to change it would be a very heavy emphasis on running the football and have Trubisky be a productive counter contributor rather than having Trubisky and the passing game be the offense and the running attack an afterthought. David Montgomery, running behind a patchwork offensive line, could have been a 1000+ plus yard rusher this season if they had simply given him the ball 20-25 times a game. And that would have eased a lot of pressure from their overmatched QB.
As to Trubisky, he doesn’t suck as many are trying to claim. Look at his overall body of work in 2019 and you can see flashes of solid effectiveness and the occasional burst of brilliance. But you also see someone who simply does not read defenses very well which then put his passing efforts in a bind. And since Nagy stubbornly insisted the passing game had to be the show, it meant the show was a flop.
Will Trubisky get it? That is the million-dollar question. Everyone expected him to progress from 2018 and be a better improved version this year. Instead, he took 2 giant steps back and looked more like a baffled rookie than someone prepared to step into a legitimate starter’s shoes. If the Bears want him to be effective, they have to support him with elevated talent around him. He is not the QB you are going to send out on the field to win the game. Not at this point of his career. I don’t know what the off-season plans are to get him to up his game, but he definitely needs help and guidance so it would behoove the team to ensure he gets it.
Sad frustration is the most prevalent emotion in regards to this team. They are not worthy of the energy it would take to get angry with them. So yet again we are left with another Bears season where the mediocrity of 8-8 is celebrated by some in the organization as a show of the team’s determination. If celebrating mediocrity is truly the Bears organizational mantra, then disappointed is the only thing Bears fans should expect. And disappointment is certainly something we are used to.
Post Season picks:
(home team in CAPS)
Last week = 8-8
Regular Season = 149-106-1Buffalo Bills @ Houston Texans
: I think this is the most balanced matchup of the weekend with both teams having equal opportunity to win. I am rooting for the QB the Bears should have drafted, and expect Watson and the Texans to prevail.
Texans 30 Bills 22Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots
: Patriots showing large chinks in their armor and I think Tennessee will pull this off and send Pats fans away to cry and sob about the end of a dynasty.
Titans 26 Patriots 20Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints
: I think this will be the blowout game of the weekend. I see no area where the Vikings might have an advantage and expect the Saints to win in a romp.
Saints 42 Vikings 13Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia Eagles
: Carson Wentz has had to work magic with a group of second tier skill players, and may go into this game with even newer faces in the huddle. He should be commended for the season he has had with so little help, but this would be a huge upset if the Eagles win this. I’m picking Wentz to lead the upset.
Eagles 19 Seahawks 17The Bears ran the ball a franchise-low seven times in a loss to the Saints, eliciting Nagy’s quote of the year: “I know we have to run the ball more. I’m not an idiot.”
Actions speak louder than words coach, so .....