Why Can’t The Bears Find Their Identity?
Last year, watching the Bears miraculously manage to win 5 games was easily the most painful Bears season that I’ve sat through in my life time. John Fox was an absolute joke and Mike Glennon was laughable at the quarterback position.
I start off by saying that to ensure to you all that in no way, shape, or form is this article a negative reflection on the 2018 Bears or that I’m saying the Bears season is over and there’s no hope. Let’s be very clear, the 2018 Bears have been very enjoyable to watch! They’ve finally got some playmakers on offense and without question a top-10 defense. I can finally wake up on Sunday mornings and know I will be able to watch a Bears team compete every single week. However, I have a few questions and areas of concerns through 7 weeks of the NFL season.
Where is Jordan Howard?
2 straight seasons with over 1,000 yards. An All-Pro running back. I question Coach Nagy thinking Tarik Cohen, the 5’6” 180-pound speed demon, is a better option than Howard. The last 2 weeks, it seems to me that Nagy has completely abandoned the run game. Jordan Howard had 12 carries yesterday and Trubisky chucked 50 passes around the yard. What happened to the Bears playing great defense, feeding Howard the ball 20-25 times a game, and using the run game to set up the pass? Coach Nagy, there’s nothing wrong with winning games 17-10. Establish a run game (with Howard), and win games with your defense.
Coming out of college and into the 2017 NFL Draft, every draft “expert” and player scout talked about the one trait and attribute with Mitch Trubisky that was a guaranteed lock and that was his accuracy. (Before I say anything more, I love Mitch and I would probably take Nathan Peterman before Mike Glennon again.) But watching Mitch miss throws (and BIG throws) to receivers downfield has been incredibly concerning. Ryan Pace loaded that offense with weapons at receiver and even snagged an all-pro tight end. Mitch can’t hit them. I firmly believe the Bears are 3 or 4 big completions away from beating Miami and New England, but Mitch missed. If the Bears want any chance at making a playoff run, Trubisky has got to complete passes down the field and protect the football.
Nagy’s Offense & Play-Calling
Again, before you think I’m already jumping ship from Matt Nagy, remember, this isn’t John Fox and Dowell Loggains anymore. So as Bears fans, we’re very fortunate. But Coach Nagy with his fancy, motion moving, fast shifting, two QB’s on the field, trying to be too cute, offense has got to find its identity and do what they do best, and that’s establish a run game. There are times where I’m constantly screaming at the TV “RUN THE BALL!” in 3rd & shorts or red zone trips. Yet, Nagy trots out Chase Daniel at running back, and throws the ball 3 straight plays to settle for a field goal. I hope moving forward, as I mentioned earlier, the Bears get back to running the football with Jordan Howard and let the run set up the pass. Trubisky isn’t to the point in his career yet where he can sit back there and throw the ball 50 times and expect to win.
Overall, I’m very happy with what I’ve seen with the Bears. But I also think the Bears are a few plays away from being 6-0. Yes, I know that sounds crazy and “you’re only saying that because you’re a Bears fan.” But it’s the honest truth.
If Kyle Fuller doesn’t drop that INT against Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay in Week 1 when the Bears were up 6 with 2:37 left in the game and Green Bay had no timeouts…
Cody Parkey missing a game tying field goal in overtime against the Dolphins…
Kevin White pushing forward 7 more inches on a hail mary catch yesterday against the Patriots…
Hindsight is 20/20, but you never know where the Bears would be had some of these scenarios been a little different. Very happy with the Bears and there’s a lot of season left. I hope to see them keep improving week in and week out!