Week one was such an ugly, frustrating and incredibly disappointing game for the Bears. The sheer amount of expectations and hype that was surrounding the team from the fanbase and the desire to shut the all of the haters and doubters down made Thursday a tough pill to swallow.
But there’s a lot of football left to play and the Bears found themselves in a 0-1 hole just one year ago.
There were some bright spots in the game though, obviously the defense starred again, but there were a lot of bad penalties and terrible performances to go around to choose from.
Let’s start with the good:
Allen Robinson II, WR: Robinson picked up right where he left off, hauling in seven of his 13 targets for 102 yards. It was the biggest bright spot on offense, other than the small flashes of David Montgomery we got. Robinson caught passes when he was covered, he got open and he got some yards after the catch as well. As long as Trubisky is trying to get into a rhythm, Robinson will be an important part of the offense.
Roy Robertson-Harris, DE: Entering a contract year, this is how you want to start. There were a couple preseason articles that mentioned talent evaluators around the league saying RRH could be starting on a lot of teams and I think he showed why there’s that belief, even as I had fans of other teams in my Twitter mentions saying “Who the hell is Roy Robertson-Harris?” One sack, two QB hits, two TFL will get that going.
Roquan Smith, ILB: Smith ended with a simple stat line: 5 total tackles, however if you watched the game, he was everywhere. His speed was on display, he was busting into the pocket and he showed what everyone talked about all offseason: ‘Quan is set for a huge 2019 season.
Matt Nagy, head coach: There’s no sugarcoating it: this was the worst game of Nagy’s career. Ending the game, a one-score game at that, with 33 straight pass plays is comically bad. There were a number of boneheaded plays in the game too; two third and one plays without a running back in the backfield, Tarik Cohen with zero carries, it goes on and on. Go read Lester’s breakdown on it, it’s all bad.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB: Obviously I don’t think he’s on this list without Nagy’s gameplan, but the third-year signal caller’s play deserved a place on its own. Clearly 33 straight passes isn’t going to help a growing QB, but it’s year three and this game was really the first time that I really had to sit back and say ‘Mitch might not be able to take the next step.’ Yeah, it’s one game, but we’re still talking about inconsistency, staring down targets and looking lost. He was forcing throws and not seeing the field well at all. Those are the areas we were supposed to see improvement.
Charles Leno Jr., LT: The entire offensive line could’ve earn this spot for their poor performance, and there were other players that could’ve been listed (James Daniels). In fact, Cody Whitehair and Bobby Massie were the only OL not called for a penalty. But Leno gets the call out because he had back-to-back penalties.
Which lineman do you think had the worst game? Who should get more blame; Nagy or Trubisky? Who did I miss on either the up or down list?