QUICK HITS – Lions @ Bears

Welcome to rock bottom. The Chicago Bears lost to the Detroit Lions, their sixth in a row and gave up over 400 yards passing in a devastating 34-30 loss.

I don’t know about you guys, but I am pissed. This was a game that the Bears should have won, but now, it’s officially time to start the rebuild. There is zero hope left on this roster, this coaching staff or this front office. This was flat out embarrassing. 

Ugh. Let’s dive in. 

The Good 

David Montgomery. Dude had a killer game tallying 72 yards rushing and 39 yards receiving. He willed himself into the endzone, TWICE. Next season, if he has another actual RB to partner with, the Bears may have a decent one-two punch. 

Sam Mustipher. I know, I know, I will stop talking about him soon, but with Whitehair playing left guard, and Mustipher at center, the Bears have a pretty good interior offensive line. It was noticeable in the amount of great runs the Bears had all afternoon. (The Bears tallied 140 yards on the ground)

Mitch Trubisky. Look, the fumble in the 4th quarter was awful. I want to know why the coaching staff decided that they should be throwing the football right then when the run game was firing on all cylinders. Mitch is not why the Bears lost this game. Mitch completed 76% of his passes and walked out with a QB rating of 108.3. He made the throws necessary to win the game on the last drive.  He is long gone after this season, and he is a career back-up after Chicago, but he is NOT why the Bears lost this game. 

Bill Lazor’s game plan until the very last drive. The Bears offensive coordinator called a decent game allowing the Bears to put up 30 points on offense. They ran the ball into the endzone three times in the first half, something they haven’t done since 1990. 30 points on the Detroit Lions should have been a huge win… instead Allen Robinson lost track of the first down marker and then Lazor called a run up the gut for no gain on 4th and 1. 

Cairo Santos. #extendCairoSantos Dude has earned a new contract. Pay this man. 

The Bad

Chuck Pagano and the Defense. 34 points…against the Detroit Lions when you were up by 10 points in the fourth quarter. Chuck Pagano has got to go. He constantly dials up 3 or 4 man rushes which have amounted to zero sacks and the Bears defense giving up 75 points in two games. SEVENTY FIVE POINTS! This defense is entirely too talented to allow a depleted Detroit team to put up 34 points. Regardless if Nagy gets to keep his job (he shouldn’t), Pagano has got to go. 

Matt Nagy. The Chicago Bears have lost 6 in a row for the first time since 2002. Marc “I have no idea what I’m doing” Trestman never lost 6 in a row. When Nagy was first hired, I wrote on social media something along the lines of, “this hiring is Trestman 2.0.” My friends laughed and said, “he was awesome in KC!” (No he wasn’t…Andy Reid took away play calling duties from him with THAT offense…right Angry Rob?) In 2018, I ate my words and watched Nagy become NFL coach of the year. However, since Vic Fangio has left, Matt Nagy is 13-15 as a head coach. That’s not going to cut it. I liked Nagy for his creation of culture, but that doesn’t mean anything in the NFL unless it equates to wins. It didn’t.  Matt seems like a great guy, but he needs to move on immediately. I know that the Bears front office doesn’t fire GMs and head coaches mid-season, but they should. It’s time for this franchise to completely rebuild. 

The Chicago Bears. A good friend of mine, who will remain nameless for fear of retribution, has stated that he is seriously considering giving up his season tickets. GOOD! This organization needs to know that this fanbase is fed up. It’s time to go in a totally different direction. Pace, Nagy and Ted Phillips all need to go immediately. The McCaskey family needs to bring in someone that actually knows what they’re doing when it comes to running a football team. 

Final Thoughts

This pains me to say, but I think the Bears should actively try to lose the remainder of their games. Maybe they don’t need to “try” to lose them, perhaps they can just keep doing what they’re doing and in return they will go 5-11…after starting 5-1. I am a Bears fan, but getting embarrassed by the Packers and now the Lions is too much to handle.

 I am going to watch the remainder of the games this season, but all with a mindset of hoping for a better outcome in 2022. No, that wasn’t a typo. 2021 is already a wash, considering how dysfunctional this team is, there is no way they have a winning record next year. This is going to take some time to rebuild. The Bears need a GM that won’t trade away draft capital for mediocre players, a head coach who helps actually develop talent (especially on the offense) and adapts to the game and most importantly, a franchise that refuses anything less than a championship. 

Ugh. 

Bear Down my friends.  

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