Punching-Bag Bears, Special Teams on the Rise, the Search for Balance, and Other Bears Bullets

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Punching-Bag Bears, Special Teams on the Rise, the Search for Balance, and Other Bears Bullets

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•   To add insult to injury, which was already dog-piled with insult and injury, the Bears turned into a punching bag on Monday Night Football. Michael Allerdyce (NBC Sports Chicago) highlighted how ESPN’s analysts shredded the Bears at seemingly every turn. The most damning dunk came from Booger McFarland, who said: “The bottom line is, when you’re an offensive coach and you’re supposed to come in and have creative offenses, you’ve changed quarterbacks, you’ve brought in a different quarterback, the problem is not anything but you.” Eep.

•    In yesterday’s Bullets, we highlighted Allen Robinson’s agent showing displeasure in how things were going down. But for the sake of balance, we should also note that he tweeted this:


•   We can wring our hands as much as we want about so many aspects of the offense. But nothing matters if you can’t block it up. Allen Robinson’s precise route-running and reliable hands are going to waste because the line can’t  consistently sustain blocks. Darnell Mooney’s speed and deep-threat potential is going untapped because Nick Foles doesn’t have enough time to drop back, rear back, and let it fly. Games are won and lost in the trenches. So long as the Bears continue to be beaten at the point of attack, the skill positions will suffer. Full stop.

•   Things weren’t all bad on Monday. Take for instance Cordarrelle Patterson’s kick return touchdown, which looks great from any angle:

•   Let the record show that the special teams unit – as a whole – is doing work:

•   Football Outsiders’ DVOA special teams ratings have the Bears 12th. That’s pretty dang awesome, especially when you consider how poorly this team looked two years ago.

•   Lions kicker Matt Prater won the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week award, which means Cordarrelle Patterson got hosed. When Prater shows he can be as versatile as No. 84, then I’ll consider re-thinking my position. Until then, I refuse to acknowledge the results of this week’s vote.

•   Let 84 cook (and then extend him):

•   Death. Taxes. And Khalil Mack playing his way on to PFF’s Team of the Week.

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•   Chicago’s defense is fine. It’s just that things would be a bit different had Vic Fangio’s departure happened early enough for Matt Nagy to beat Bruce Arians in approaching Todd Bowles for the position:

•   The more Zach Wilson, the better:

•   This might be more entertaining than the Pro Bowl:

•   Allen Robinson got reporters GOOD here:

•   I miss Tarik Cohen:

•   The Bears will have some roster housekeeping to do this week:

•   The Theo Epstein Era is over on the North Side. And while I have ideas on what he should do next (more on that later), Epstein explains his departure:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.