This was as disastrous of a game as I can remember, certainly the worst since John Fox patrolled the sidelines but for the sheer amount of being thoroughly whooped, it felt more like a Marc Trestman loss.
The Bears were barely ever in the game, particularly in the second half and there were no answers.
Legitimate questions about the team’s heart, character and coaching are all coming to play.
Where the Bears go from here is anyone’s guess. This team has some huge issues and we all know it starts with the quarterback and playcalling. If the Bears can scrape together something resembling an offense and give the defense a chance to rest, then there’s still an outside chance.
Without it though, we’re in for another long season and offseason.
Allen Robinson, WR - Sometimes this dude really looks like the Bears’ only chance to score on offense. He plays his butt off and there’s a reason that Mitchell Trubisky stares him down: He’s the only guy who is consistently open and where he’s supposed to be. Until teams just start tripling him and letting other receivers have free releases because they know Trubisky won’t see them, Robinson could have one of the best seasons for a WR in team history. On a losing team.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR/KR - I’m still not crazy about his offensive usage but I thought this was a game where they used him like he should be, as a complimentary piece instead of forcing him into plays where it’s obviously going to him. However, he’s mostly here for his kick off return touchdown, which was really a thing of beauty and the main reason he was signed here in the first place.
Matt Nagy, coach - This is, undoubtedly, Nagy’s biggest test as a head coach. The locker room is delicate right now and this season could really get off the rails and roar into a raging dumpster fire if he can’t rally everyone, keep the players from pointing fingers and weather this storm. That’s a lot of cliches, but this is a very real and very bad situation right now.
Eddie Jackson, S - I get that teams are scheming away from Jackson because of what he can do, but it’s surprising we’re nearly at the halfway point and Jackson has just one fumble recovery and two passes defensed. I think his time will come, but he’s somewhat disappeared and while he’s not a run stuffer, he’s been getting matador’d and pushed around in the ground game.
Mitch Trubisky, QB - There’s not many (if any) defenders left. The bandwagon is damn near empty and there isn’t much to look at in the way of hope. Seth Galina’s amazing thread here really shows where he’s at and it appears beyond repair.
Is there anyone else worth a ‘stock up’ designation? Who’s on your list, good and bad?