In lieu of last weeks demonstrative adjective to describe how awful the Bears were at home against the Dolphins, the only demonstrative adjective I could use to describe them against another AFC East opponent was unbearable (pun-intended). Now granted the Bears were never going to win this game, and by Vegas appointing them as mere 6- point underdogs in Foxboro was a little ridiculous. Perhaps the only thing that could explain the spread was the premonition that the Bears could score with the Patriots. As found out on Sunday they couldn’t, and by falling behind to a sum that reached 38 points by the end of the third quarter, the oddsmakers had to have been scratching their heads as to how they could be so blind the fact that Bears defense again for lack of a better word awful.
Brandon Marshall was extremely stoic in his postgame comments saying that the Patriots executed their game plan well and the Bears just couldn’t compete. Now while the Patriots are destined for more than likely a deep playoff run this winter, the Bears on the other hand are staring at best an 8-8 record with another year missing the postseason. The draft will be held in Chicago next year and it appears more than likely that Chicago will hear it’s name on the clock in the first ten picks if things don’t change. Luckily for Chicago they’re on their bye this week and will be given the most allotted time one is allowed to prepare for the road game of all road games up in Green Bay.
The bigger issue with this team is the lack of an identity. The quarterback is a very rich man, but he doesn’t seem to have what it takes to stare down adversity and lead his team to victory when the going gets tough. Yes the Bears did come back in San Francisco, but that win seems a very distant memory, and the 49ers don’t appear to be the team we expected them to be when Chicago pulled off that magic. The play calling for Chicago doesn’t seem to be taking advantage of the weapons that is possesses. Remember, the reason Chicago was only the underdog it was, is due in part to that fact. For Chicago to lose by only 28 points on Sunday had nothing to do with a late rally, but rather a letting off of the throttle by the Patriots. Marc Trestman may not lose his job this year, but the idea that it’s he that is coaching the Bears instead of the guy in Arizona is also something to scratch your head with. Bruce Arians was available two years ago when Trestman was hired. Chuck Pagano was seen as the guy to resume control in Indianapolis after his battle with cancer, and the job that Pagano did allowed him to seek greener pastures elsewhere. But why not Chicago? Looking at it in hindsight, Arians would’ve been a great fit for the Bears. Of course that’s water under the bridge and as Bears fans we can only lament the path that Phil Emery took instead with the quarterback guru Trestman.
Looking at Trestman’s relationship with Cutler over the two years hasn’t seemed to have changed anything about the wayward gunslinger. Good drives are offset by silly turnover and in the end you’re stuck with a guy who’s numbers are unchanged in the Trestman Era. Jay Cutler has a million dollar arm, and he’s being paid for it, but when put in a big spot he never seems to make the right read. If that’s on Aaron Kromer and Trestman then so be it, but when watching the games on Sunday it certainly seems like it’s Cutler is the one who’s trying to force the ball where it just can’t go. Or attempting to stand in the pocket when he should be throwing it away.
Now you’ve got a team in utter disarray with a brutally tough game ahead of them in two weeks with no chance of turning things around this year. The Bears’ latter half of November and early December is again difficult with teams more than likely heading to the playoffs coming into Chicago. Also the Bears are still winless at home and they won’t get a chance to change that for another three weeks. The finger pointing is starting and the locker room unease is palpable. While it’s easy to pint fingers at the obvious culprits, perhaps the ownership and front office should start sharing some of the blame for a team that’s starting to resemble one of the cities baseball franchises.