I have never seen anything like it. It didn’t matter which Chicago Bear Matt Barkley threw the football to, the ball was going to be dropped. And with the game there to be won, Barkley delivered not one or two but THREE touchdown passes that went through the hands of his pass “catchers”. Josh Bellamy’s drop on first-and-goal drop will be the poster image for this entire, painful 2016 campaign.
- Someone needs to explain to me how Matt Barkley went from looking nervous and unprepared to Pro Bowler in a matter of moments. Was it the coverage? Was it an offensive scheme change? Barkley’s first NFL start should have left us with The Matt Barkley Game, a contest we never forget.
- The Bears dropped ten passes. Ten. And Barkley still eclipsed 300 yards on the day. What could his numbers have been?
- Barkley now becomes intriguing next week and moving forward. It’s unlikely he’s going to make Ryan Pace after his draft plans but he may provide the kind of young, affordable backup organizations need.
- Titans second half possessions: FG, FG, punt, punt. Bears second half possessions: INT, punt, TD, TD, eleven dropped TDs. We’ve complained about second half meltdowns this season. This was second half dominance.
- One bad snap aside, Cody Whitehair has brilliantly held together the offensive line and it’s clear the Bears have their long-term answer at center.
- Who the hell is Daniel Brown?
- Jordan Howard needs to spend his ENTIRE offseason with the JUGS machine.
- Boy, does Pernell McPhee look like he’s operating at about quarter speed. His most enthusiastic moments were trying to get the 93 people in Soldier Field to somehow make more noise.
- It was obvious for most of the game the Bears were missing their two best defensive players this season: Jerrell Freeman and Leonard Floyd. Screen game and scrambling QB thrived in Freeman’s absence. Pass rush non-existent without Floyd. (But remember that’s a really good offensive line.)
- Try to ignore the drops. It’s hard but try. The explosiveness of Marquess Wilson jumps off the screen. Bears coaches love him and yesterday is the reason why. Add that ability to a corps of Jeffery, White, Royal and Bears won’t be stoppable. But the Bears have to bring back Jeffery and Wilson has to stay on the field.
- Onside kick shocked me. So un-John Fox.
- Adrian Amos can’t be all run-stopper and tackler. Not in the current NFL. He’s going to need to get better with the ball in the air. A lot better.
- Eddie Goldman is hell to deal with inside.
- Give the Titans credit. Delanie Walker was brilliant. The Titans offensive line was as advertised. Mariota made lovely throws and his receivers caught everything.
In the end, the Bears didn’t deserve to win. Their defense and quarterback fought like hell to give them a chance and a single unit – the receiving corps – choked the game away. I have never seen anything like it.