These Reacts’ confidence polls are usually reactionary based on wins and losses, but with the Chicago Bears spiraling through their worst losing streak since the 2002 season, and with demands from fans to fire head coach Matt Nagy, general manager Ryan Pace, and team president Ted Phillips, and with an unsettled quarterback situation, I was surprised that all it took was 1 win to get 19% of you guys to see things through navy and orange colored glasses.
We went from only 3% of us Bears’ fans having confidence in the direction of the franchise last week, which was dead last among all SB Nation Reacts voters, to 22% of us believing in them this week.
It was a fun win last week for sure, but the Bears need to keep it going with a win this week to justify the hope the victory gave some fans.
“Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” ~ Red from The Shawshank Redemption
Even though I voted no in this week’s poll, I’ll admit that part of me is hopeful that Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense has turned a corner. I enjoyed the Bears thoroughly beating Houston and keeping themselves in the playoff mix, but I also understand it could be fool’s gold.
The Bears wining another couple games could give Chairman George McCaskey the reason he needs to bring the whole band back for another run. If the Bears get to 8-8, or win out to finish 9-7, will they fire a head coach that has never had a losing season? Would they dump a general manager if his team shows life down the stretch?
The Bears losing out could get them a new regime and the draft slot necessary to get a new quarterback, so would a fresh start be best for the franchise?
I would love it if Mitch proves Pace right by kicking ass these last few games, then seeing him take the team on a playoff run that culminates with a Super Bowl win, and I would love to see Nagy yelling “BOOM!” in Club Dub for seven more games in the 2020 season.
But I just don’t see it happening.
My brain is telling me the Bears will blow their shot a the postseason, then probably screw up their president/GM/coach situation, then fumble the quarterback room in 2021, which will have us all watching a team fight to be around .500 for another year.
My heart is telling me the Bears will get it all figured out... some day.
Being hopeful is more fun that being realistic in most instances, because as sports fans, all we really have is hope to get us through the tough times our favorite teams go through.
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” ~ Andy from The Shawshank Redemption