That wasn’t the way the 2019 Chicago Bears was supposed to kick off the season, but it happened, and the team has to try to figure out what went wrong. The Green Bay Packers did some interesting things on defense to stymie Chicago's O, but I questioned the game plan and the personnel usage last week. I wasn’t alone in criticizing the Bears, as our entire staff at WCG fired off their own thoughts either here at the site, on social media, or our podcast channel.
And we weren’t the only ones either, as coverage of our favorite team definitely skewed negatively after the 10-3 loss, not only from the national media members, but the local guys as well.
But it’s just one week, and the Bears have fifteen others to work at this season starting with Sunday against the Denver Broncos. After watching the weird day of games yesterday we asked you guys, via Twitter, the following question.
How do you feel about the #Bears after Thursday night’s disappointment and a full day of NFL football?— Windy City Gridiron (@WCGridiron) September 9, 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.
Some of you guys did choose to go the direct message route to stay anonymous, but others shot their thoughts at us as a comment,.
Here are some of the best.
Glass half full...
The bears game was definitely discouraging but I’m not scared yet. Week one is wonky a lot, and Mitch didn’t look good until after a few weeks last season too.
Eh, bad weeks happen. Confident in the team. A little disappointed we got outcoached. I’m sure Nagy and Co will bounce back. Let it be known, Denver is no gimme, could be a really tough game. Can’t wait..— Dr. Rich Nilsen (@RichNilsenPhd) September 9, 2019
About the Thursday night game. I’m not really too concerned YET. I believe they can bounce back. Thursday just was a shit show. Just seemed like everyone on offense was making so many mental mistakes. I really feel like the pressure of going out there and living up to the hype really held them back from living up to the hype. No one was focused enough to play and be themselves. Even Nagy. Last year he played too conservative and GB came back and won. This year maybe he felt like he needed to be more aggressive but just got caught up in it and never found that balance between run and pass because they were behind and desperately started doing everything to get down the field. I’m ready for Sunday and I’m predicting Montgomery and Cohen have a big game as I expect Nagy to run the ball a lot more.
We have 15 games to get it right.— Michael Hartman (@FtWaynesFinest) September 9, 2019
Honestly at this point the part I’m most upset with still is that the Bears had that performance against the Packers. If it had been another team it still would’ve sucked, but it’s way harder to move on because it happened against them and now we have to suffer all the GB fans gloating about it incessantly. Still optimistic for the rest of the season tho! ⬇️
Not much has changed for me. I still believe in the Bears and Mitch. Although, it is finally nice to see that the Bears aren't the only rusty team. Overreacting is easy to do, but I still think we need a full season to make any determination.— Mike (@bears_fan1987) September 9, 2019
Nothing that happened Thursday are things that can’t be fixed. A lot of what happened was mental. They just need to take a step back and look at things one week at a time. Just having a game in can help with that even with a bad result.
Our defense is still amazing af, offense I think will learn its lessons if not abondining the run so early and forcing Mitch to throw so much and also involve Mont and Miller more than Davis and Patterson. Cohen and A-Rob and Taylor were fine though Cohen needs more carries— Totally REAL Sports (@TotallyREALSpo1) September 9, 2019
Reserving more conclusive opinions until after game 2. I didn’t think the hype they got going into this season was necessarily deserved, but I also don’t think people with dooms-day prophecies are right either. And some humble pie served up week 1 might be a good thing.— Corie (@cocobean324) September 9, 2019
I believe we are giving GB way too much credit. That defense didn’t do a damn thing spectacular. It was Chicago self imploding on itself on a national stage. At least the defense came to play so at least we aren’t in bad shape like the Dolphins, Falcons, Steelers, Jags and Bucs. At least we aren’t the Dolphins .... Amen to that.
I just worry that Nagy is too stubborn to learn. He has a history of forgetting to run the ball and make the offence too cute and 1 dimensional. Did it last year against the eagles and in the playoffs with KC. I have faith in the HC, don’t want to hear I’ll do better again.— Jonathan Morris (@JonatelloM) September 9, 2019
Still licking the wounds from Thursday. If Trubs continues to be this bad how many games/seasons before they go a different direction or are we looking at cutler 2.0?
I’m still mad. Feel like we have the better team. We have to wait till December for payback.— maverick (@tallyhaute) September 9, 2019
Is it time to think extension on Trubisky? Wouldn’t the extension be a steal if his development isn’t overblown? If not, then was the 2nd pick a failure by Ryan Pace?
More concerning is that I seen / heard a few NFL experts say their sources say that they not only figured out Trubisky but also Nagys offense Last time I heard rumblings of that was when trestmen was HC Here’s hoping Nagy can adjust BTW you were suppose to DM this— Cloudy Future (@CloudyFuture) September 9, 2019
Concerned that Mitch isn't the future and the Bears will be looking for a new QB next season.— DKoz (@DKozuchowski) September 9, 2019
Glass half empty...
Mitch is a bust. Wishing it wasn’t true won’t undo it. He couldn’t beat Duke! The evaluations of “accurate and smart” are literally the exact traits he lacks. Shows how talent evaluators are prone to group think. Watson and Mahomes played more and won more—Watson did it against Alabama in the title game...twice! Can’t teach accuracy, not the sort of thing that gets better. Doesn’t see open receivers, holds the ball and throws in to coverage. Hoping he’ll get better is a bad strategy. Don’t throw good money after bad. Move on as soon as possible.
This 100th iteration of Da Bears is just like many of the previous 99: great defense; inept offense. We kept going three and out; it’s no wonder the defense was gassed in the fourth quarter.— Jay A. Wood (@JayAWood) September 9, 2019
After constant optimism that Mitch could be on the same tier as the other QB’s taken with his class, after last game it’s almost run dry. I know it’s the first game of the year, but this feels different than last. Mitch has had too long of a leash and if Thursday was any indication, Mitch isn’t the answer. Our defense is championship ready and I’d hate to see QB play be the reason we can’t progress. This feels like Blake Bortles 2.0.
Let's call it like it is...epic fail for both Trubisky AND Nagy! Trubisky is at a crossroads in his Bears career like it or not. He has everything in place to succeed and on a team with legit Super Bowl aspirations he needs to take it to the next level...NOW!!! No more excuses!!!— Justin Lane (@bretts_daddy) September 9, 2019
Where are you guys at on the team after one game?