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The Chicago Bears Are Who We Thought They Were

  • Chicago Bears
  • Matt Nagy
  • Mitchell Trubisky
  • Nick Foles
  • Ryan Pace
By Andy Davies November 13, 2020 0 Comment
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The Chicago Bears faithful came into the 2020 season with no real expectation. With the debate of who will start at quarterback as well as the disappointing 2019 season. Not many Chicago fans had too much hope of success this season.

We saw the Chicago Bears surprise everyone and start the season 5-1. They managed comeback wins over the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons in the opening three weeks. We also saw a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, and New York Giants.

The defense was winning games for Matt Nagy’s team, with offense still being criticized.

In what has probably been one of the only 5-1 teams to have issues at quarterback. The old saying ‘Defense Wins Championships’ was being paraded around.

However, these losses then came and the team is now 5-4 after three straight defeats to the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, and Tennessee Titans.

5-4 after nine games is exactly who we thought the Chicago Bears were, a team that would be .500 or just above that. They still have to play division leaders the Green Bay Packers twice and a re-emerging Minnesota Vikings.

Judging by their upcoming fixtures and the way this offense is playing, there are no suggestions that the Bears will be anything more than a .500 team.

Quarterback Issues

Mitchell Trubisky certainly raised eyebrows when he was picked second overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2017 NFL draft, who moved up one spot to get him.

Such a decision has been particularly scrutinized with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Mahomes has won the regular season and Super Bowl 54 MVP in his first two seasons as a starter, without losing a game by more than 7 points. Watson has become one of the league’s most exciting quarterbacks.

Mitch hasn’t delivered and came into this season in last chance mode. It was clear that the Bears would move to Nick Foles, who they acquired in the offseason if Trubisky failed to perform.

That is exactly what happened. The Bears’ number 10 struggled in week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons. Super Bowl 52 MVP Foles came in during the game and led the Chicago comeback as the Bears beat the Falcons.

Foles guided the Chicago Bears to victory in the aforementioned Buccaneers win, once again beating Tom Brady.  However, the team has failed to deliver and Foles is struggling more and more by the week.

What we have seen recently with the quarterback situation is no different from the start of the season. Neither quarterback has done enough to show they are the starter, with Foles edging it thanks to the Atlanta comeback and taking the Bears to overtime in their loss to the Saints.

Head Coach And General Manager Concerns

Bears head coach Matt Nagy is coming under a lot of criticism for his play-calling. This was ramped up after Nick Foles told Monday Night Football’s Brian Griese that sometimes he already knows the play that is called won’t work.

Neither of the pair is seeing eye-to-eye, and there appears to be several miscommunications between both Nagy and Foles.

It looks like at least one of the two will lose their jobs before the start of the 2021 season. Will Foles be dropped as the starter? Or will general manager Ryan Pace fire Nagy?

Whilst the 2018 AP NFL Coach Of The Year has had some questionable play-calling issues, it was not his choice to draft Trubisky.

Pace has to take some blame. There was a chance to draft Watson and Mahomes. There were also several picks used in order to trade up one position. He also decided to take a tight end in Cole Kmet in this year’s draft. Despite already getting former Packers tight end Jimmy Graham. A plethora of wide receiver talent was available in this year’s draft. That could have significantly helped a wide receiver room lacking true weapons.

Chicago defensively has been as good as ever, only allowing over 25 points twice this season. They have allowed the seventh-fewest passing yards per game (218.2) and points per game (21.1). Sadly, the offense has not been able to make the most of this.

Fans were dreaming after the 5-1 start, that the franchise could make the playoffs and even win the NFC North. While the team is just outside the playoff picture. This will be as far as it will go as I expect the Chicago Bears to continue to struggle as long as their quarterback and offense continue to underperform.

 

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