The Bears are 25-50 since the firing of Lovie Smith in December of 2012.
The Bears have not been a good football team for a long time. For years now, fans have been given minimal to zero hope of the Bears coming out with a win on any given Sunday. It is tough to watch the games every Sunday, but us die hard fans have a hard time staying away.
The Bears fan base is growing impatient. It is year three under John Fox yet the Bears find themselves at 3-8 on the verge of another disappointing season. These types of games should not be happening in year three of a regime.
Forget the injuries, the rookie quarterback, and the strength of schedule, the Bears should be at least competing but they are not. Instead, the Bears found themselves suffering yet another blowout loss, a 31-3 beat down against Carson Wentz and the Eagles. The Bears only totaled 140 yards of offense and just eight first downs to the Eagles 24. It was a train wreck, a dumpster fire and the Bears find themselves on the way to another high draft pick in 2018.
The Bears came into Sunday shorthanded, at least on defense. OLB Leonard Floyd was placed on season ending IR after suffering a knee injury last week vs. Detroit. LB Danny Trevathan has missed three straight games with a calf injury. And nickel cornerback Bryce Callahan has also not seen the field since New Orleans. The Bears have been banged up all year and their IR list continues to grow.
So what went wrong for the Bears on Sunday? Simple answer, everything. From the play calling to execution, the Bears failed to be a competitive team in Philadelphia. At one point in the first half, the Bears had more penalty yards then net yards on offense. It was a horrific showing in the first half and it did not get any better.
Once again, the play calling from offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains was under heavy fire. There are too many times that the Bears are very predictable, specifically run-run-pass on first through third down. You cannot play that brand of football, especially with an offense that lacks talent at the wide receiver position. The Bears need to mix it up. I thought the play calling last week was the best it had been all year. It was a balanced attack, but we saw some read option along with designed roll-outs. But Sunday was a wreck as there was no identity, no plan on what the Bears were doing on offense.
Mitch Trubisky had his worst game in a Bear uniform, throwing two interceptions along with inaccuracy and poor decisions. Remember, this is just his 20th start since high school. As bad as it sounds, Trubisky needed a game like this to learn from. This season is all about development and finding out your strengthens and weaknesses going into the off-season program.
A big reason why Trubisky was so unsuccessful on Sunday is the lack of talent at wide receiver. Dontrelle Inman may be worth keeping and could be a number three on your depth chart but nothing more than that. Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright have done nothing of note to live up to their contracts and can be classified as bad signings by Ryan Pace. Tre McBride has found some chemistry with Trubisky but the Bears fail to play him consistently. You can put some blame on the coaches but if the players are not putting up numbers, it is their own fault.
Wide receiver may be the Bears biggest focus in the offseason. Trubisky needs weapons just like Wentz has in Philadelphia. How do you expect your QB to have success when no one can separate from their defender. Or run crisp routes? There are plenty of WRs on the market this offseason and the Bears have to take advantage or Trubisky’s development will cease to exist.
On defense, the Bears could not stop the passing attack or LeGarrette Blount. Despite forcing three turnovers, the Bears could not get off the field. The Eagles were 7-16 on third down, and even worse, 3-4 on fourth down. The Bears allowed 420 total yards of offense and the Eagles had the ball for 37 minutes.
There was a point we thought the Bears defense was turning the corner. They were generating turnovers, getting to the quarterback, and were efficient against the run game. But it did not take long for them to fall apart. And that came against the Packers without Aaron Rodgers. Brett Hundley was able to complete 72% of his passes and the Packers offense had zero turnovers. A favorable matchup for the Bears turned out to be another loss to the Packers, which John Fox is 1-5. Injuries have played a part, but the overall collapse is not acceptable.
It is a no brainier that the Bears are going to fire Fox come January 1st. So why keep him around? But we know the Bears are not going to do that. They are an old-school franchise and do not fire coaches in-season. While the product is terrible, I still do not see Fox gone until after Week 17. While I would not protest if the Bears broke the news tomorrow, nothing leads me to believe he will dismissed from Halas Hall.
The Bears will host the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday at Soldier Field. QB Jimmy Garoppolo saw the field vs. Seattle in the 24-13 loss after CJ Beathard was knocked out of the game. I would think the 49ers make a change at their starting QB this week. It would be pretty cool to see him make his first start as a 49er in his hometown.
Until next time, so long. Hang in there Bear fans.