Why, yes, I did purchase a bottle of red wine with a Saluki dog on the label. Had I not been a bit under the weather last night, I would have popped the cork on it at some point during last night’s loss. Instead, I might bust it open after next Sunday’s Bears finale.
- Here is your Bears-centric highlight from Sunday Night Football:
- Seriously. That’s it. Save for the clip of Devin Hester in his return to Soldier Field that is embedded above, Sunday’s 26-3 loss to the Chiefs was a three-hour slap in the face. I hope the executives who green-lighted Bears-Chiefs not being flexed get nothing but coal in their Christmas stockings.
- Chicago proved why it didn’t deserve to be in prime-time last night. The offense wilted under the lights. Its defense couldn’t get off the field when it mattered the most. Undisciplined play all over the field hurt at every turn. Drops. Missed tackles. Blown coverages. If it was bad, the Bears did it last night.
- This wasn’t supposed to be the story of the 2019 Bears. Not after last year’s excellence. Not when they were among the betting favorites to win the Super Bowl in the offseason. I keep coming back to thinking that this wasn’t supposed to be the Bears. Those ghosts were supposed to have been vanquished by the reigning NFL Coach of the Year and a GM who was voted as the league’s Executive of the Year by his peers. Instead, last night was a throwback to an era of football we thought the Bears were leaving behind after a surprisingly awesome 2018 season. The ghosts of Bears past failures re-emerged and ruined the regular-season finale of the franchise’s 100th season. It wasn’t supposed to be this way, but I suppose it is fitting this is how it went down.
- Not great, Zack:
The #Bears offense has scored 1 or fewer TD's in 8 of their 15 games this season.
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) December 23, 2019
- Nailed it:
The Bears offense always looks like some dude playing Madden two difficulty levels higher than his ability.
— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) December 23, 2019
- What was your favorite play on Sunday? A fade route on 4th-and-goal? What about the read-option QB run on 3rd-and-goal that preceded it? Where does punting on 4th-and-7 from Chiefs territory while down 10-0 with 7:45 left in the second quarter fit in the equation? How about a jump ball into double coverage that landed out of bounds? I lost count of third-down screens that were run, but I hated all of them.
- You might put the razzle-dazzle pitch play that lost a chunk of yards on your list, and I wouldn’t be totally against it. But for the second time this year on Sunday Night Football, the Bears ran some trickery and shot themselves in the foot by not catching the ball. If Anthony Miller catches the ball, he might still be running.
- Which moment annoyed you the most on Sunday? Was it Kevin Pierre-Louis running into the kicker? Or possibly that you realized that was the second running into the kicker penalty that directly led to an opponents touchdown drive this year? What about Aaron Lynch being offsides on 3rd-and-4 and giving the Chiefs a free first down? Pick one of the handful of players who were not properly lined up at the end of the first half that led to the Bears using a timeout to avoid a 10-second run-off and tell me that didn’t properly capture the image of the 2019 Bears. There was a reason I worried about penalties and undisciplined play in the preseason.
- FWIW, KPL took his boneheaded mistake hard:
Some strong comments from linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to @WGNRadio on his running into the kicker penalty that Matt Nagy referenced in his opening statement and called “frustrating.” KPL had a similar penalty that cost the #Bears big in London. pic.twitter.com/h4177qPI5a
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) December 23, 2019
- Adding injury to insult: Nose tackle Eddie Goldman (concussion) and right guard Rashaad Coward (knee) suffered injuries in the game that removed them from action. Neither returned.
- The only lame thing about Patrick Mahomes was his explanation as to why he did the 10-count:
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) December 23, 2019
Of all stadiums, why'd Patrick Mahomes count to 10 in Chicago?
“I don’t know why a lot of things come out when I do celebrations, but I just try to go out there & enjoy it. And I know I can’t dance or anything like that, so I leave that to the receivers. I just do what I can do.”
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) December 23, 2019
- The combination of talent, swag, and cold-blooded pettiness is the stuff that drives top tier quarterbacks over the edge. At a minimum, it makes them fun to watch.
- Adding insult onto of injury that has already been added to insult: If Mahomes’ trolling of the Bears (and the other nine teams who passed on him in the 2017 NFL Draft) annoyed you, then now might not be the best time to remind you that Deshaun Watson and the Texans are coming to town in 2020.
- There was really only one word to describe it all, and the Bears’ two best defensive players absolutely nailed it:
Eddie Jackson and Khalil Mack both used the word “embarrassing” to describe the Bears’ loss to the Chiefs tonight.
— Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) December 23, 2019