Just one week after the Chicago Bears found some actual success running the ball from the I Formation, head coach Matt Nagy figured ‘to hell with that shit,’ and he went back to his stubborn ways by having quarterback Mitchell Trubisky drop back to pass 17 times in the first half while only letting David Montgomery run the ball 3 times. Sure the penalties kept putting the Bears in poor situations, but the play caller — Nagy — has to put his team in the best situation possible and pounding the rock is their best option these days.
Now if Trubisky wasn’t sacked three times in the first half, or if he would have hit some of those open receivers in the first two quarters, then we could be talking about an offense that picked up more than 9 total yards before intermission, but none of that happened as the offense wasn’t good for an eighth straight game.
The Bears’ offense did pick it up a bit in the second half to end up with a robust 164 total yards, to 373 from the Philadelphia Eagles. And as an FYI, that 164 total is the lowest of the Nagy era.
Here’s an even bigger indictment on the offense being inept, the time of possession was 19:42 for the Bears to 40:18 for Philly.
Someone, anyone, offense, defense or special teams, please make a fricking play.
But now let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears, and also some individual stats.
No matter how you try to spin it, Trubisky was bad. He missed his first throw of the game to an open Allen Robinson, and missed several others on the afternoon. He wasn’t the only problem with the passing O, as there were dropped passes by his receivers and plenty of flags. Each week I keep thinking things can’t possibly get any worse, and then they do. Trubisky had one of the worst games of his career by going 10 of 21 for 125 yards for a 66.6 passer rating.
Taylor Gabriel had 3 catches for 69 yards, Allen Robinson had 1 for 6, and Cordarrelle Patterson had 1 for 5.
Running back David Montgomery rushed for 2 TDs on 14 carries for 40 yards, and he caught 3 for 36 yards.
Tarik Cohen ran 2 for 7 and caught 2 for 9, while picking up 36 yards on 4 punt returns. His offensive usage was down for a second consecutive week, but at least he got that goal line carry on Sunday.
And speaking of declined usage, Anthony Miller only played 18 snaps. Tell me why the Bears couldn’t have traded Gabriel for a late round pick and gave those reps to Miller and/or Javon Wims?
Also it was declined, but Charles Leno Jr. did get flagged for another hold.
Safety Eddie Jackson and inside linebacker Roquan Smith led the team with 10 tackles each.
Outside linebacker Leonard had 6 tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss. The Bears had three other sacks on the day with Nick Williams, Aaron Lynch, and Eddie Goldman each picking one up.
Khalil Mack had 4 tackles, 2 TFLs, and a pass defended. He also played way too many snaps for a second consecutive week.
*The above image has players that only played in the third phase.
There was no double-doink this time against the Eagles as Eddy Pineiro was a perfect 2 for 2 on his extra points.
Patrick O’Donnell punted 8 times for a 43.8 net average with 3 punts placed inside the 20.
Anthony Miller was one of three Bears credited with a special teams solo tackle.
Adam Shaheen failed to field a kickoff to seal the loss.
Mike Davis, who only played 3 snaps on special teams, can be released this week to help the Bears’ odds of getting a comp pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. All indications are that it’ll be a 4th round comp if the Bears cut him, but I’m not sure if the Bears will do it. I thought Davis was going to be a nice pickup, but the Bears don’t seem to want to do anything with him on offense at all.
All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System, as are the accompanying pictures.
To check out the full box score I find that ESPN has an easy to navigate site.