Us Chicago Bears fans have seen this story before.
For many fans, this is the only story they’ve ever known.
The inconsistent offense continues to hold the team back from becoming a legit playoff contender. Oh sure, we have 2018 to look back on fondly, but even that team ended with a below average offense according to most metrics.
That throttling the Rams gave the Bears on Monday Night Football just added more fuel to the tire fire that has been this franchise’s calling card for decades, When it comes to an offensive identity, the Bears’ identity is “being bad.”
Check out this graph going back to the 2000 season showing just how below average Chicago’s offenses have been.
Here’s the last 20 years of Offensive EPA/play data for the Bears. The black dots represent the league average in that given year, and the red horizontal line is 0.00. Moral of the story is we have had one very good offense and one slightly above average offense in 20 years pic.twitter.com/6jQYwcxFju— Ryne (@RyneBurden) October 29, 2020
That 5-1 start the Bears jumped out to may be enough to land them a playoff spot now that there’s a third wildcard added in each conference, but with the way the offense has been playing, is there any hope we’ll get more than another postseason one and done?
According to the latest SB Nation React’ fan polls, our confidence level in the franchise is at a 2020 low of 12%.
The previous low this calendar year was 28%, and that came the week after the 2019 season ended with the Bears at 8-8.
Right now the confidence level from our fans — fans that are cheering for a 5-2 team — are tied with fans of the Atlanta Falcons (12%), and only ahead of fans of the Minnesota Vikings (8%), Dallas Cowboys (2%), and the Jacksonville Jaguars (0%).
And full disclosure, I went with a no confidence vote this week. The way the Rams handled business on Monday was excruciating to watch. I’m in full, “I need to see the offense show life before I believe it,” mode