6 Thoughts on Bears drubbing in Green Bay

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After laying a egg on Thursday night football at Lambeau Field, the Chicago Bears have 11 days to figure out how to keep their 2017 season from totally going off the rails.  Here are one observer’s thoughts:

1. It’s time for the Mitch Trubisky era to start. Patience is out the window following another turnover filled game in which the Bears dug themselves a early hole. Mike Glennon has shown himself to be what he is, a well-paid NFL backup with limited mobility, decent arm, and questionable decision-making under fire. He’ll be cut loose after the season and can resurrect his career as a bonafide backup with stop-gap starter ability elsewhere. It’s not all his fault…the Bears below-average receiving corps and uneven protection magnify his slow release. Trubisky will likely struggle, as most rookie QB’s do, but he at least offers promise and a higher ceiling of better days to come.

2. Ryan Pace deserves his fair share of blame for assembling this talent-deprived roster. The Bears had ample opportunity to shore up a perceived weakness in the wide receiving group following Alshon’s Jeffery’s departure, but elected to do nothing…bypassing the draft (above-average crop of WR’s), free agency, trades (Sammy Watkins anyone?).  Depth at linebacker and at safety is also lacking.  If John Fox is launched after this season, is Pace trusted with making the next hire?  He’s surrounded himself with former New Orleans cronies, but last time I looked, the Saints aren’t a model of success. Pace’s questionable free agency, draft, and talent evaluation skills keep the Bears mired in perpetual rebuilding. READ MORE

Bears ride Howard’s legs to OT win over Steelers

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In a wild back-and-forth game with several bizarre twists, Jordan Howard’s 19-yard touchdown run in overtime gave the Chicago Bears an uplifting 23-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field. The Bears notched their first win in three games while the Steelers lost for the first time in three contests.

Howard played a huge role in the Chicago win. He rushed for 138 of the Bears 220 yard rushing total, displaying the toughness and tackle-breaking ability he flashed during his 2016 rookie season. Playing with a tender shoulder, Howard was forced from the action three times during the game but returned each time, using his patience and vision to frustrate Steeler defenders by allowing blocks to develop before authoritatively hitting the hole.

“You always dream about stuff like that but it never happens so it was real crazy,” remarked the second-year pro from Indiana.  “Definitely, it was a very wacky game but through everything that happened we found a way to win.” READ MORE

Roster churn temporarily over; Bears prepare for Falcons

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With the maneuvering that comes with the NFL mandated cutdown to 53 players in the rear-view mirror for now, the Chicago Bears return to the practice field in preparation for Sunday’s season opener with the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field.

While the preseason can sometime be “fool’s gold”, the Bears appear to be a team built solidly around the ground game with an improved defensive alignment. That recipe, playing a conservative, ball-control game reliant on Jordan Howard, should in theory, allow the Bears to remain competitive deep into the second half.

The initial test will prove to be formidable. Atlanta returns its play-making weapons in Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, who will surely test a revamped Chicago secondary. The Falcons also possess a one-two punch at running back with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman set to test a Bears attack unit that might be the club’s strong point. READ MORE