The Bears 22-14 loss against the Eagles proved that whatever this organization thinks is the answer, it is not. Apart from a few decent drives in the third quarter, this team looked sloppy in all aspects of the game. So let’s talk about this loss, why it didn’t work, and move on to Detroit.
As each week goes by, it is becoming more and more evident that Mitchell Trubisky is not this team’s future. Aside from a few strong throws in the third quarter, Trubisky played scared. Last year, he would get out in the open field and not be hesitant to be on the move. It almost looks as if he is trying to prove a point by sitting in the pocket and letting the pressure get to him. He truly does not look like an NFL-caliber QB. One example of his skittish footwork followed by a turbulent throw came on a second-down attempt to Trey Burton. Mitch dropped back in the pocket, didn’t get his feet set, and overthrew Burton by ~15 yards.
Additionally, Matt Nagy and the Bears offensive line don’t help the cause when it comes to their QB problem. The offensive line struggled with the Eagles’ strong front seven in keeping pressure off their QB, ultimately leading to rushed decisions. Allowing six QB hits and three sacks at pivotal points in the game will not lead to offensive success.
Coach Nagy still continues to struggle as a play-caller. It is obvious he does not have faith in his QB. His third-down and goal-line decisions were confusing. The concepts being called on third-and-long and only completing passes for less than five yards will not result in a strong third-down conversion rate. A specific example of an odd play call was the goal line dive to Tarik Cohen. Don’t get me wrong, Cohen is a freak athlete. But when you have a workhorse in David Montgomery, you absolutely need to feed him the ball in tight when you need to score. It showed later in the game when he punched the ball in twice.
THE FINISH: The city of Chicago feels for this defense. They are a generational unit that’s going to waste because of an offense that struggles mightily. The team’s morale is starting to dip and it is becoming more of a concern. Eddie Jackson struggled with Zach Ertz for most of the game, Khalil Mack‘s quiet streak continued, and Roquan’s off-field issues seem to be leaking into his play on the field. The Bears need to take the remainder of the schedule game-by-game with the goal to be 1-0 each week. We are on to Detroit.
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