Gonna keep this simple: the Chicago Bears lost another game Sunday, another game they should have won.
Losing games and losing games they should win have been two of the main calling cards of the Bears in the three seasons they’ve been led by coach John Fox.
Fox won’t coach the Chicago Bears for much longer, but one deadened weight on the team’s roster made himself too heavy to carry for any day longer. Now discarded, the wizened but not wise captain floats on with his wary crew — the first sight of land ahoy won’t be a moment to set up a new future, it’ll be more like a time to crash land and to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Here’s three sections about players representing the good, bad and ugly about Sunday’s loss. If you think the Bears deserve premises better than long overused film references then write it ya damn self.
Good: Mitch & Jordan
Good teams get constant production from their quarterbacks and feature running backs. The Bears don’t quite have the consistency yet cause the quarterback is a rookie and rookies mess up, but they’re close.
Mitch Trubisky and Jordan Howard rushed for a combined 178 yards (Howard: team-high 125 along with a touchdown), Trubisky also threw a touchdown and we can’t forget about Tarik Cohen’s dazzling 15 yard TD run.
Cohen can’t be seen as a constant right now, he’s still not used enough in plays from scrimmage and he’s still being used unfortunately in special teams. The Human Joystick is like a “z” button right now, a burst of turbo that has to be recharged multiple times a game. Trubisky and Howard are more dependable — “A” and “B” buttons, essential to the attack at all times.
We saw a better setting of the table this week with Trubisky looking ready to play from jump and secure in executing the likely tightly scripted initial plays that helped the Bears jump out to an early lead.
The promise showed in that shut-out first quarter petered out of course, but Howard stood tall and punished Detroit defenders repeatedly and Trubisky’s final two plays from scrimmage were outstanding.
Money Making Mitch will cash in on multiple 2 minute warnings to come when he has a head coach and a kicker worthy of his efforts.
Bad: Connor Barf
“Not even close” — Thom Brennaman.
Nothing else needs to be said. We were given our closure with this one as Connor Barth was sent his walking papers Monday. Now Cairo Santos has the job, which doesn’t matter much in the big picture.
Still it’s nice to see a simple job being weighed simply. When you have one job and your performance yields such an effort as seen above then you need to lose your job, its as simple as that. The context doesn’t really matter, but it in no way helps that this effort occurred with a game on the line.
With that said, the Bears have to be approaching, if not past, a dozen games in John Fox’s regime where the team has lost within a touchdown. Teams have played hard under him, some talent has been shown but there’s just something missing, you have to think that that missing thing stems from the sideline, whether its lost in team preparation, in mid-game strategizing or late game personnel manuevering, the Bears are simply overmatched in all but a few coaching matchups in the NFL.
Fox can’t and won’t admit that he doesn’t have it in him to win games consistently in the NFL anymore and it’s clearly defined bad form in the League to get rid of a coach in mid-season, nothing more clearly defines a directionless team.
We’re down to a standoff between a fronting-ass coach and a fronting-ass franchise for the remaining six games. Such a situation could lead to finger-pointing and scapegoating and Barth is a perfect target for both, though what happened to him today was perfectly reasonsble.
Still, everyone involved in the stewardship of the Chicago Bears should consider themselves lucky Barth was around to kick and be kicked. This season is already deemed elementary on a competitive level, there’s no need for other goats around here, that doesn’t mean we won’t hear any more sad braying though.
Ugly: Leonard Floyd
Floyd’s difficult-to-watch wrenching of his right knee in the fourth quarter — in large part due to the reckless movement of teammate Kyle Fuller — had the stench of tragedy all over it, a Bears-typical tragedy that was self-fufilled and unnecessary.
Monday provided some positive developments regarding the extent of Floyd’s injury but it’s clear he won’t play any more this season — there’s no reason for him to, nothing to be gained for player or franchise.
It’s still difficult to accept that one of the team’s most dynamic players could be taken out in such a random way, leaving Bears fans with one less possible source of thrills for the remaining games and shutting down a possible first-time Pro Bowl appearance for the slithery quick pass rusher.
Out of a season worth of bad injuries for the Bears, only Zach Miller’s compares in leaving a bad taste. But such is the fate of a team that can’t protect itself any better than it can protect a lead.
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