Feelings of frustration and anger are an understatement when it comes to the Chicago Bears midway through the season. Currently, the Bears are 3-5, and are in last place in their division on a four-game losing streak. They have scored a pathetic 142 points total this season, ranking second to last in the NFC. Any Bears fan will admit that the main reason for their struggles this season is an anemic offense.
Last year, when the Bears shocked the NFL by going 12-4 on the season, they had a formidable defense like this year, but their offense was much better. The Bears clearly miss running back Jordan Howard, and Tarik Cohen has not been a very huge factor this season.
Many fans believe that if the season continues to go this way, coach Matt Nagy is out. I disagree with these sentiments. While Nagy has made some foolish coaching decisions, such as running the clock down instead of gaining more yards on the ground, thus leading to a missed field goal against the Chargers that cost them the game, people seem to forget that the culture he created last year led to unforeseen success. Another popular solution is getting rid of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. I believe this weekend’s game against the Lions will be Trubisky’s last shot at winning over the Bears’ front office and the city of Chicago. Playing at home against a shoddy Lions defense—this is the Bears’ opportunity to gain some swagger back by beating a weak division rival in front of their home crowd. If they fail to do so, especially if the offense is stagnant, we may see Trubisky playing elsewhere.
Riley Dulin – Sports Editor