The purpose of this article is by no means to pile on the Chicago Bears for their embarrassing loss in Week 2 versus the Philadelphia Eagles, but to discuss whether changes should occur based on the data.
Pro Football Focus published their "Worst player at every position" article for Week 2 (LINK), and two Chicago Bears players ended up on the list.
Jeremy Langford was listed as the worst running back in the NFL for Week 2 (38.5 rating):
PFF: "It was a tough night for Jeremy Langford, as he struggled to get anything going against a strong Philadelphia front. Langford carried the ball 11 times and gained just 29 yards. He failed to force a single missed tackle, and if you take away his longest run of 16 yards, he averaged only 1.3 yards per carry. Langford also showed some very poor ball security on a costly fumble that helped turn momentum."
Should the Bears consider alternatives next week versus the Dallas Cowboys? In short, yes. And they have the resources to do so. Rookie running back Jordan Howard is being slowly introduced into the rotation, and last week he averaged over 7 yards per carry in his handful of chances. Howard has the ability to be a day-to-day starter in the NFL, and while we appreciate the idea of not getting him thrown in over his head, the Bears running game needs a spark. Maybe bump his carries up to 10-15 per game?
Connor Barth was listed as the worst kicker in the NFL for Week 2.
PFF: "Connor Barth missed a 31-yard field goal on Monday night, and also had a tough time with his kickoffs, as none of them went for touchbacks."
Should the Bears be concerned about Barth? They made a bold move in releasing Robbie Gould, but even Gould himself had shown signs of struggle going back to 2015. The only alternatives would be bringing a guy in off the street, but the free agents are looking for work for a reason.