3 Biggest Takeaways from the Da Bears on SNF
On Sunday, September 12, the Chicago Bears kicked off the 2021 NFL season in a primetime matchup against Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams. As I watched the game (in confusion at certain times) a few things stood out to me. Here are my 3 biggest takeaways from the Bears’ Sunday Night Football season opener.
- David Montgomery is elite
Remember when people used to question the Jordan Howard trade? Those people are silent now. Since the day we drafted Monty, I’ve been saying it wouldn’t be long before he’s our workhorse. I even stated earlier this year on BDR’s Film Room that I believe he’s going to be universally recognized as a top 5 running back by the end of this year. Here’s the link if care to check that out https://youtu.be/48ARtsVuXFs
David Montgomery’s vision has improved drastically since this point last season. He can find holes before they open, and he’s showing a quick cut and burst ability that many thought he was lacking. Every time he touched the ball, he pretty much went wherever he wanted. Imagine him with an impactful offensive line to run behind! Monty’s 41 yard run to begin the game is clear evidence of his improvement, and 108 yards rushing isn’t a bad way to start the season either.
- Our defense may need some fresh faces
Where do I begin? Eddie Jackson finished the game with 5 tackles. He would have had 6 if he touched Van Jefferson down at the 10 yard line. Instead, the play turns into a Matthew Stafford 80 yard touchdown bomb. Here’s proof: https://youtu.be/s-0FdX_TvOE I don’t think there’s much more to say about that. I don’t mean to specifically rag on Eddie because there’s enough to go around. As a whole, the Bears’ secondary was below average at best. The starting unit finished the game with 0 interceptions, 1 pass deflection, and 3 touchdowns allowed. The Bears’ pass rush was sub par as well. The front 7 combined for 0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and 1 sack. Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, Bilal Nicholas, and Akiem Hicks combined for a whopping 1 solo tackle. In fact, the entire unit accumulated 25 solo tackles for the game in comparison to the Rams’ 46. I’m not sure what’s going on with these guys, but we may need new guys.
- Matt Nagy is already getting in his own way
What exactly was the point of playing Justin Fields for 5 snaps? What exactly was the point of playing him at all? Why not just start the kid if you wanted him to play? But most importantly, why open yourself up for these types of questions at the post game presser? What Matt Nagy did on a nationally televised Sunday Night football game was a distraction at best, and virtually unacceptable in my opinion. This move was simply a distraction to the team as a whole. Now you have 2 quarterbacks, the “starter” and the rookie both answering questions in the post-game presser about why their head coach would employ such an odd strategy. Players being asked to explain head coaching decisions has never ended well. Most professional sports teams are used to certain players being a proverbial “distraction”, but how often is it the coach? Just, wow.
When Justin Fields did play, he played well. The Bears offense just feels different with him at the helm, even So-Fi stadium thought so. Justin Fields’ red zone rushing touchdown was electric, and came at a time when we badly needed a score to swing momentum. Here’s the run: https://youtu.be/k3QEWa23F-g After the touchdown, you could feel the momentum shifting. I absolutely expected that Matt Nagy would let Justin ride the momentum wave into the next drive, but I was wrong. Matt Nagy said when asked about Justin Fields only playing 5 snaps “We didn’t know the exact amount of plays it would be, could have been more, could have been less…” Translation: We were going to play Justin Fields in this game all along. More confusing stuff from a seemingly confused guy. Give Justin the team and get out of the way. Bear Down!