Bears coach Marc Trestman in happier times.
At Monday’s bye week press conference, Chicago Bears General Manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman remained upbeat about a turnaround in the season’s second half. What leads them to that conclusion may be bigger news.
Emery summarized his thoughts about the team’s lifeless 3-5 record and the accountability that goes with it by saying ““The season’s a full year, and the only way we’re going to get back on track is to learn from our mistakes, correct our errors, find solutions, and stick together as a team through this process. We will not quit on the season. We will not quit on ourselves. We’re not going to quit on each other. The only way through this to get back on the right track, on a positive track, a winning track to win football games is to stick together. The solutions to win games are in this building with the people in this building.”
Tom Brady threw four first-half touchdowns and New England rolled up 38 points at the break, en route to a 51-23 pasting of an overmatched Chicago Bears squad Sunday at Gillete Stadium. The 38 points are the most allowed in Bears history for a half, which included a barrage of 31 points by the Pats in the second quarter alone. New England collected 487-yards of total offense and scored on eight of ten offensive possessions.
Chicago falls to a disappointing 3-5 on the season, almost assuredly out of the playoff race at the season’s mid-point.
On this overcast and windy day, Brady’s precision passing to WR Brandon LaFell and TE Rob Gronkowski put the Bears in an early hole which would only get deeper. Brady was almost perfect, completing 30-of-35 passes for 354-yards and five touchdowns. LaFaell, using his size and experience to outmuscle Bears rookie CB’s Kyle Fuller and Al Louis-Jean, hauled in 11 catches for 124-yards and a score, while Gronkowski caught nine balls for 149-yards and three touchdowns. The duo contstantly threatened the Bears backend on slant patterns, fades, and curl ins, areas that have been exposed throughout the dismal first half of the season.
Their jeckyl and hyde season on the brink with a 3-4 record amid locker-room tensions, the Chicago Bears try to steer themselves right with a win at New England on Sunday. If it happens, it would mark just the fourth loss at home for the Patriots in the last ten seasons.
Here are three keys to pave the way for a Bears victory:
1. Ride Matt Forte…. The Bears unwillingness to fully commit to the ground game is troubling given Matt Forte’s effectiveness. Chicago faces a New England defensive unit decimated by injuries, which should portend a favorable matchup. Forte’s lack of use in last Sunday’s loss to Miami continued a puzzling trend by the Bears to feature a quick-stirke passing game rather than rely on Forte’s versatility.