If the Chicago Bears want to sell their fans on the current regime leading the team back to glory, they better start making progress. Because last Sunday was decisively not progress. It was more of the same.
With their top two receivers out and the decision to play a terrible quarterback made, the defense has to be the center of John Fox’s sales pitch to stay in the job. What I saw last Sunday was pretty much the same thing we’ve been seeing for the last two years.
- They can’t get turnovers.
- They can’t get off the field on third down.
- They start slowly.
The third bullet point is the most frustrating.
We are now 33 games into the Fox/Fangio defense. Some facts:
- 21 times they’ve given up scores on the first two possessions.
- 16 of those have been touchdowns!
- In 14 of those games, they gave up scores on the first possession itself.
- 11 of those were touchdowns!
Those rates are absolutely insane. For two defensive minds as accomplished as Fox and Fangio, how is it possible that their teams are never prepared to start games? Here’s the kicker: in games they managed to fight off their opponents until the third offensive possession, the Bears are 6-6. That’s six of the nine wins of the Fox regime.