I’ll take a butt-ugly win over a sexy loss any day of the week, but that doesn't mean I can’t still have some concerns about how the Chicago Bears’ offense looked on Sunday in their 16 to 14 win against the Denver Broncos.
By now you’re all aware of just how hard it is to win in Denver in September, so getting a W in the high heat and high altitude was a ‘by any means necessary’ proposition for Matt Nagy’s team. Sure the offense struggled and the defense gave up 11 fourth quarter points, but the Bears avoided the dreaded 0-2 hole that would have put a serious crimp on their postseason aspirations.
When Sunday’s game ended we shot out the following Tweet to see what you guys think about the Bears so far.
How do you feel about the #Bears after winning 16 to 14 in Denver against the Broncos?— Windy City Gridiron (@WCGridiron) September 16, 2019
Our DMs are open, so send us your thoughts, suggestions, rants, or whatever and we’ll post the best ones tomorrow at WCG.
And yes, you’ll stay anonymous.
Not everyone went the anonymous route, so we’ll share some of your thoughts from the comments and from our direct messages.
Also, I’m a day late on posting this, but no worries as we have an extra day before the week three game.
Stay the course
I really think that the bears are going to be okay. we see how dominant their defense still is and Mitch was still balling today like last year. we just need to find a good rhythm on offense with play calling it’ll be great.
Happy about the win, boys are slowly getting their swag back, hope they are ready for the Vikes— Don (@donschimming) September 16, 2019
This is a great team. Mitch needed that ending tonight. Regardless of how he played he stepped up when we needed him the most and he put us in a position to win the game. Feel like that’s gonna be the kick he needs to turn the rest of it around.
On cloud 9 a win is a win for the baby bears Shadow— Shadow (@HEATHERLANGE18) September 16, 2019
A win is a win, regardless of how it goes down. So glad that, for the first time since Robbie Gould, we finally have a kicker that we can count on, who actively wants the opportunities to hit big kicks. The Bears have done a great job of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory over the years so I’m glad this wasn’t another case of that. Also, say what you want about Mitch, he’s really clutch as nails sometimes, and it’s beautiful to watch.
The defense did as much as you could possibly ask of them, given the circumstances of playing in a very tough road environment, even though to give up the touchdown at the end (again) is discouraging. Trubisky, Nagy, and the rest of the offense definitely have a ways to go, to put it kindly; I thought Mitch did well enough with what he was asked to do, but moving forward, for the Bears to get to the level of where they want to be (Super Bowl contender), he’s gonna have to do more and Nagy’s gotta trust him that he can do more more. Huge, clutch play at the end,my hope is that it gives him the confidence to build off it; I felt like his confidence has been down and it’s been affecting his play. He definitely needed it and I think Nagy did too.
It's the same thing that happened last season. Come Raiders game Mitch will shred Oakland for 6 TDs.— Duke Macias (@bigsnacks99) September 16, 2019
I feel like everyone is overreacting about Mitch’s performance so far. He’s not getting a fair shake because of the spot he was drafted in. It has nothing to do with his talents or even how much he has grown. The dude only started 12 college games. I just feel like the fans and media should be easier on him and let the man grow. He didn’t draft himself at number 2 that was done by Pace. He’s a young qb that needs our support.
Well i think this game was proof that David Montgomery can run it for one thing. Another thing is we never gave up. One thing I love about this team is they don’t just give up. In terms of the offense overall, still a little shaky, but better. Trubisky stepped up when he needed to so that was good. Defense played as good as they could, seeing as they were playing in the heat and very high elevation. Overall, this game wasn’t perfect but they got it done. Now we have momentum going into next game. AND WE GOT OURSELVES A KICKERRRRR ⬇️
The game felt a lot like the Miami game from last year - the difference? Eddy Dinero hits the game winners whereas thou who shall not be named missed his opportunities.
The bears rolled into Colorado just a rootin’ and tootin’ and as the sun set on the game Trubisky was a shootin’. Though the altitude made game script scary, Pinero says “I’m your huckleberry.”
Wait and see
Tons of improvement needed, Nagy has to trust Mitch early and often or there’s no point anyway, and get Patterson/Cohen/Gabriel all on the field together to really threaten with speed
A wins a win, but Nagy and Trubisky need to get their confidence back. The play calling is tentative and the QB is also. Thank goodness for this D. 15-1 is possible but so is 7-9. Let’s hope.— Joshua Engstrom (@JoshuaEngstrom) September 16, 2019
Defense played its A game 2nd week in a row, special teams was impressive (of course capped by Piñeiro’s heroics). Trubisky needs to get in gear. The offense looks virtually indistinguishable with him under center these past 2 games as it did with Brian Griese, Jimmy Clausen, or Matt Barkley under center. Offense, again, is unacceptable. At least he’s not David Fales, I guess.
A win is a win, especially on the road. Offense still has a lot of work to do, something still not clicking.— Bear Dawg (@aggies1616) September 16, 2019
Concerned about the offense. Gotta make a statement in DC and stomp the Redskins. Gotta be 2-1 going into the game against Minnesota. Cohen is looking good when he gets involved.
Feeling more relieved than happy. The team seems a little worse than last year. The D is strong but the secondary has looked a little shaky in both games. The O-line play has been fair at best. WRs don’t seem to be getting separation. Playcalling and clock management are...not good. The QB has no TDs and a passer rating of 65. Not exactly a SB quality team. I also think that getting that excited about a made FG says a lot. The W aside, there are still more negatives than positives. But hey -- the kicker gets to suit up for one more week!
Oh no we suck again
Trubisky is not good. Average is best case scenario.
We should be 0-2. For all the weapons we've gained on the offensive side of the ball, the defense is gonna break its back carrying the team every week. For all the talk of Trubisky being the smartest guy in the meeting rooms, there's no translation to the field.— Anthony Layna (@Kakarot4739) September 16, 2019
We have seen a large enough sample of Mitch now to know that it’s likely this is the best we’re going to get from him. Again he missed wide open receivers down field. And the inability to move the ball was our defense’s biggest nemesis in the 2nd half. I am concerned that the coaches seem to be weary of this as well, and it is starting to become evident in their play calling. Fangio was going to present various challenges defensively as well as what to do with Mitch. BUT this was pedestrian. This is looking like a Dilfer or Grossman type of setting and Nagy was supposed to be the Guru that brought our offense on par with the defense.
Defense is as advertised. Offense was bad. The line didn't seem to get any push in the run game, play calling was bad, and QB play was terrible. I'm very concerned about the offense going forward. It's like they are in the first year of implementation of the O— Scott Paisley (@TSPyea) September 16, 2019
In response to yesterday’s game...I’m really hoping this isn’t a Grossman 2.0 situation.
This offense is weird. The Bears have a Chip Kelly-like issue with Nagy and his system and it's too cute, relying on trickery, misdirection, etc. The weapons are overrated, I'm not seeing much there. It's not like there is a bunch of open WRs for Trubisky.— Ryan Scott (@HeadstrongRSS) September 16, 2019
Trubisky, offensive line, and Nagy still suck, but a win is a win is a win is a win.
Big win but how many years does Mitch get to show us that he's a competent starting QB? If he wasn't the 2nd pick he would be holding a clipboard. Trying to be optimistic but he will never be a franchise QB.— Dan Harrah (@Dandman78) September 16, 2019
The game was a bust on our part completely. The NFL won us that game and Vegas had a say.
QB, coaching & blocking need to be much better. Still many mistakes that are putting the Defense on the field longer then it should. These lack luster performances stem from last year & that's concerning.— Bobby C. (@dj_bobby_c) September 16, 2019
No matter how you feel about the Bears, at least we aren’t Broncos’ fans right now.
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