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What the Hell is Going On?

| September 20th, 2016

How does a night like last night happen? How can a football team have this little preparation, this little vision, this absence of an identity? Rapid fire, in question form:

  • What is the offense? Do they have any intention of being able to run the ball effectively? Why would a team with issues on the edge of their offensive line force their quarterback to repeatedly drop deep into the pocket?
  • What was wrong with Cutler before the fumble? Why is every third pass being tossed directly into the ground?
  • Where’s the pass rush?
  • How many players can get hurt in one game? Eddie Goldman?!?!
  • A thirty-one yard field goal? And you do that? In your debut at Soldier Field?

Sad part is there’s not a lot to dissect. Last night was the most disheartening Bears loss in quite some time. They don’t look like a team with any hope of 8-8. They look like a team destined for the number two pick.

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  • SC Dave

    One win in their past 12 home games.

    *sigh*

    • Irish Sweetness

      Jesus wept. Can we cut the crowd? 1 out of 12?

      Could somebody lend me two billion and advise me on hostile takeovers please?

      I swear I couldn’t do worse. Didn’t Al Davis win two?

  • Captain Obvious

    It was a disheartening loss. The injuries sucked, though, and might have been the cause for the beat-down.

    I’ve got to question the coaching on one huge aspect: Philly came in paper-thin at CB, and the Bears never really challenged the secondary.

    • willbest

      They doubled Cox all night and at least one tackle lost his 1 on 1 in about 1 second on every down

  • Scharfinator

    Holy shit the Bears are bad. They’re worse than we thought they were.

    • SC Dave

      One improvement over last week was that Philly was only 20% on 3rd down conversions (3 for 15). Unfortunately, they were 3 for 3 on 4th down.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Still love my boys. Still love my uniform. Love the history, hopeful for the future (under different ownership).

      • Cubsnlinux

        A different ownership is not happening in our life time. The McCaskeys are not selling their cash cow. Who’s going to pay for the yachts?

        • Bears-4-Ever

          Everything has a sell price if the money is there. We need an Owner Group that actually wants to win…

  • Big Mike

    4-12

  • BearDown100393

    14-2

  • Big Mike

    That was a terrible night. Goldman… cmon. Let it be a small injury. The list of guys out on defense, Fuller, McPhee, Amos, Callahan, Goldman is stunning. 5 of 11 starters. McManis should never see th field on defense.

    Jay Cutler, fuck you

    • Irish Sweetness

      McManis was on? Fuck me.

      • Big Mike

        Callahan and Amos went out. Fuller’s out. Mcmanis is the next, next, next guy.

  • Whole lot of similarities to week 1.

    2nd week in a row they got dominated at the LOS on both sides of the ball.
    2nd week in a row Alshon started off on fire and then they ignored him.
    2nd week in a row they scored an early TD and then didn’t really do much of anything the rest of the game.
    2nd week in a row they had the ball in + territory with a lead and a chance to take over the game in the 2nd quarter, but failed to do so.
    2nd week in a row they had a turnover in the 3rd quarter that completely changed the game.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Sounds like either:

      a. A bad team
      b. A badly coached team
      c. A badly coached bad team

  • Irish Sweetness

    I’m looking forward to the season now. Let’s see what we’ve got.

    Perhaps it’s not the roster bodies that need improving, but the starters need benching – or where lack of heart exists, cutting. There is no hope of playoffs – regardless of any flukish wins in the coming weeks (there will be none) – so let’s have a look at the roster. Let’s wince at the thought of Connor Shaw, and the madness of binning Fales (now a Raven), a promising young man who had done nothing wrong in a Bears’ jersey, playing with scrubs, and in whom we invested so much time.

    I want to see them accept that Howard is the main back. Let Cameron Meredith compete with Kevin Smith, give him a chance – he was our best receiver in pre-season, like Howard was at HB.
    I hope they’re already on the phone to Terry Williams.

    Pace hasn’t failed until three years are up, but the writing’s on the wall. Fox can’t do anything with bums. Injuries are decimating the league and the only way around it is to have a bunch of good players deeper than everyone elses. Pace isn’t that dude. I can’t stop thinking about Derrick Henry standing behind Cutty. I still think of Brandon as a Bear – and whatever he was saying in that locker room I’ll bet he was right.

    Now the run for a really high draft pick begins. If we want one of those big, athletic QBs we’re going to hav to suck for Luck.Thing is …. that won’t be a problem. We won’t have a choice.

    Conor fucking Barth, eh?

  • Freddy G.P. Soft

    It’s a bad organization, top to bottom. New ownership. Please.

    • Cubsnlinux

      Not going to happen as long as Virginia is around and most probably George. Even then it is iffy.
      They need to fire Ted freakin Phillips, get a good football brain in his place and let him build from scratch like the Cubs did with Epstein. What the Bears did was put another band-aid. We can talk all we want about rebuild and that it takes time but I am not buying what I am seeing. There is absolutely ZERO improvement in every single phase – Drafting, Scouting, Defense, Offense, Special teams. Win or lose Jaguars, Browns and Titans are more fun to watch than our morbid Bears. The destruction of a once storied franchise is going on at a rapid pace and no one seems to give a lick.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Rough game coming up for Brisset when he faces Watt and Clowney. Edelman might see action at QB.

    • Johnnywad

      Shit. Belicheat is going to roll those mother fuckers. Watch. He makes Jimmy G look like a fucking All Pro. He gets hurt and the middle round rook comes in and immediately scores. WTF?

  • BearDown100393

    β€œI am raising the stakes right now, … If this is a poker game, I am shoving my chips right in the middle of the table. I am raising the ante. Anybody who wants out, can get out. This team is going to the playoffs. OK? This team is going to the playoffs.”

    • Bears-4-Ever

      I’ll have what you’re drinking. πŸ™‚

      At this point, going to the play-offs is NOT impossible. I don’t like the odds but stranger things have happened.

  • Captain Obvious

    OK, let’s take a deep breath.

    There is certainly a problem with the offensive coaching. We can point to the O-line needing some time to gel, but in reality, you’ve got proven playmakers in Royal and Alshon, and White should be a game-breaker, and it’s ridiculous that the offense put up a single TD all game against a secondary thinner than ours.

    This is a deep problem and indicative of organizational deficit.

    The defense was OK and then was killed by injuries. I’m not going to look sideways at the defensive performance when both safeties and the nickel were all out of the game with injuries, and the team is starting a 2nd year backup at one CB.

    So I’m giving the defense a pass. One more time.

    But the offense should be much, much better than it looked last night.

    That’s what bothers me. The strength of the Oline should be in run blocking. Run blocking is simpler for a guy from another team to master. The offense should have been running roughshod over Philly, and they looked incompetent from the get-go. That’s what’s rotten in Denmark.

    • willbest

      Well Fetcher Cox is being paid like one of the 5 best defensive players in the league. But its clear our tackles suck balls, and with long going to need another month plus to get strength back in his shoulder its going to be ugly

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  • willbest

    This feels like 2014 but without all the promise of 2013. And it promises all the drama with No knee McPhee pushing and yelling at cutler on the sideline. this is not bottom of the rebuild. Fox isn’t the guy. Fire him and the OC promote Vic for the rest of the season

    • That Guy

      What has Vic Fangio done to make you feel like he is the visionary to lead the team through the rest of the season?

      • willbest

        Nothing. The defense just isn’t a total loss, and all the other OC/DC that you would elevate to HC have jobs until Jan.

        • That Guy

          Not convinced firing Fox would do anything except further kill team morale. And with 14 games to go, a bad attitude could easily spill into future seasons.

  • Irish Sweetness

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Anger isn’t with Pace. I like younger talent. My anger is squarely with the head coach & OC. Both have been embarrassed 2 straight weeks.

    Wow. What can fox do with a bum center and no tackles? What can he do with no pass rush? It’s not like we haven’t got guys we can send. Floyd can do it. Freeman. Trevathan. Acho. We just have to use them.

    What can the OC do with a bum line and Kevin White?

    Yet no mention of the true culprit on defense yesterday – Vic Fangio. The ball-less Vic Fangio.

  • John John

    first of all, belicheat IS a football genius, in every respect. I don’t like him, he is a cheater too, but yes, he knows much much more about football teams and how to make them superior than you or me, and probably everybody else, by far. So, the fact that your coaches suck doesn’t mean all coaches are nearly as bad. Second, cutler sucks, Period, the guy should not be playing in the NFL except as a backup. The bears and chicago seem like a clueless football town and team. You still haven’t figured out the basics of why your team sucks. And it really sucks, Bottom 5 at a minimum and probably bottom 2 or 3.

    that’s my two cents perspective form a ny giants fan in new york.

  • John John

    first of all, belicheat IS a football genius, in every respect. I don’t like him, he is a cheater too, but yes, he knows much much more about football teams and how to make them superior than you or me, and probably everybody else, by far. So, the fact that your coaches suck doesn’t mean all coaches are nearly as bad. Second, cutler sucks, Period, the guy should not be playing in the NFL except as a backup. The bears and chicago seem like a clueless football town and team. You still haven’t figured out the basics of why your team sucks. And it really sucks, Bottom 5 at a minimum and probably bottom 2 or 3.

    that’s my two cents perspective form a ny giants fan in new york.

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