QUICK HITS – Bears @ Titans – Week 9

In the words of my very good friend Bob Platt: “I just can’t anymore.”

Remember when the Bears were 5-1? Me neither. This team may not win another game this season. They have completely fallen off the rails. Considering how good their defense is, it’s hugely frustrating. This is the first time I’ve thought that Matt Nagy may legitimately be on the hot seat. He was brought here to fix the offense, instead, he created one of the worst offenses in the league for the third year in a row. 

The offensive line is a mess. Part of this is injury, part is COVID-19 and a lot of it is an unbelievable lack of depth. Running any offensive scheme is tough when you don’t have a good offensive line. The Bears O line isn’t good enough for the NFL and the rest of the offensive unit can’t make up for it. Ryan Pace, you failed this team miserably in acquiring the depth necessary to actually have a big-kid offense. 

Let’s dive in. 

The Good

Dwayne Harris. The punt-returner is fun to watch. No, he’s not Devin Hester, but he catches the ball and makes just enough moves to make it interesting. 

The Rookies. Jaylon Johnson, Darnell Mooney and yes, even Cole Kmet are getting the job done. Johnson is a legitimate starting CB and Mooney makes tough catches routinely. Kmet is underrated as a blocker and has proven to have decent hands in limited opportunities. 

Brent Urban. The defensive lineman is quietly having a really good season. I like this dude. 

The Defense. They “kept the Bears in the game.” How many times have we heard this? I feel awful for these players on the defensive side of the ball. Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill were kept-in-check for almost the entire game. 

Allen Robinson. Don’t resign him. Let him go play winning football somewhere else with a real QB. 

Ryan Nall. The reserve RB got his first NFL TD in garbage time. All jokes aside, I am happy for him. He’s a guy who has worked really hard to keep a roster spot in the NFL, even if it is on the worst offense in the league. 

The Fake Punt. That was fun, wasn’t it?

My Backyard. I have a sweet backyard and got to enjoy the beautiful weather today. 

The Bad

This Game. I feel awful for anyone who didn’t watch this game outside or just waited to watch “the highlights.”  Anyone who was stuck watching this game for real should get their money back. It was brutal. Even Titans fans were bored. 

The Offense. Want to hear a funny joke? The Chicago Bears offense. It’s not funny for anyone who likes the Chicago Bears, but for everyone else in the NFL, they’re laughing a lot. The Packers and the Vikings can’t wait to play the Bears. They know that any deficiency they may have on defense will be masked by the Bears atrocious attempt at playing offense in the NFL. 

Penalties. Putting together a halfway decent drive? Nope. Penalty. Or interception. Or fumble. Or laughable play call. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure of awfulness. 

The Chicago Bears. This team is bad at football. And they don’t have a bad enough record to get a decent QB in this year’s draft. Yes, they went to the playoffs in 2018, but that was three years ago, and since then, they’ve been terrible.

Final Thoughts

If you read this whole piece, I appreciate you more than you know. If not, I don’t blame you at all. This game sucked. The Bears are not going to win many more games this season, if any. They need sweeping changes on the roster and the staff in order to improve. 

It’s getting harder to say, but as always…

Bear Down my friends.

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