The team that has thoroughly dominated them for going on 30 years. The team that has moved, with ease, from one great quarterback to the next. The team appears to have found the third QB in a row to drive pain through the hearts of Bears fans everywhere for the next decade.
It’s more pain and misery.
The Bears have so many questions to answer this offseason and Sunday showed how far they have to go to play with the best.
Sure, they beat the division champion Detroit Lions earlier this season, but the class of the division is still Green Bay.
The Packers have the most division titles and most of the success in the NFC North since its inception. Beating the Lions was sweet and a step in the right direction. But beating the Packers would feel like an express elevator.
There’s a long way to go this offseason. So let’s take one last look back at the final game.
Darnell Wright, RT - Wright played well Sunday, but this is more of a season-long stock up. Wright played in all 17 games and was more than solid. The Bears hit on Wright, the 10th pick in the draft. He is going to be a great piece going forward.
Tyrique Stevenson, CB - There is no doubt that the Bears missed Jaylon Johnson Sunday, but Steveson still did well to fill in as the starting corner. He registered the game’s only takeaway, a forced fumble of Jordan Love and seven tackles plus a pass deflection.
Cairo Santos, K - With his freshly earned contract extension Cairo provided all of the points for Chicago Sunday. With those three made kicks, he also earned himself a $500,000 bonus and set a franchise record for most field goals in a season.
Eddie Jackson, S - In many ways E-Jax’s career is going to be looked back on in disappointment. His career started so strong. But he’s faded. registering just one INT and five pass deflections this season. His tackling has never improved and that weak point was on display Sunday.
Dan Feeney, C - Fans have been clamoring for anyone not named Cody Whitehair, Lucas Patrick or Sam Mustipher to start at center for them and Sunday was finally a long look at Dan Feeney. If you recall, Feeney was acquired back in September for a late-round draft pick. Unfortunately, it was more of the same. Snaps were bad, low or just seemed to take forever to get to Justin Fields, destroying the timing of the play. Center is a huge need this offseason.
Luke Getsy, OC - Could it go much lower? I don’t think so. In what could be his final game as offensive coordinator, the Bears managed to attempt just 16 passes for 148 yards, take five sacks and score no touchdowns. They finished the game with less than 200 yards of total offense.
Who is on your stock up or down list?