Rock Bottom Sequel, Word Salad, Jalapeño Popper Jerseys, and Other Bears Bullets

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Rock Bottom Sequel, Word Salad, Jalapeño Popper Jerseys, and Other Bears Bullets

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I woke up with Missy Elliott’s “The Rain” stuck in my head because I’ve heard nothing but rain on my window for the last 15 hours or so.

Videos in the 90s were just built different.

•   That Bears-Bucs game felt exactly like this win probability chart looks:

•   It never felt close. And it never was close. Tampa Bay beat the crud out of Chicago’s football team. The Bears were out-classed in every facet of the game. An offense that was stuck in the mud had no shot against a defense coming in relentlessly from every conceivable angle. A defense that was a step slow. Special teams that couldn’t corral the return game on a tone-setting punt-return. Coaching that tripped on its own feet at every turn. It was a thorough beating.

•   Justin Fields looked every bit as bad as the metric cited in this tweet suggests:

•   And yet, it would be wrong to set the blame solely at Fields’ feet. I lost count of how many times I yelled “he’s got no chance out there!” at my television set:

•   I struggle to understand why Lachavious Simmons was starting ahead of Alex Bars at right tackle on Sunday. Don’t get it twisted, as I understand the team was in a scramble drill with Elijah Wilkinson’s late-in-the-game placement in COVID protocols. But Simmons had one career offensive snap coming into the game. Meanwhile, Bars had eight starts as an offensive linemen for a productive group last year. Heck, Bars had starting experience in a blocking role *THIS YEAR* as he was in the game-opening formation as an eligible lineman in the Bears’ win against the Raiders a few weeks ago.

•   To be clear, starting Bars over Simmons doesn’t change this outcome in the slightest. But if your collaborative efforts came to the conclusion that starting someone with just one snap under his belt against Todd Bowles’ defense was a better decision than starting someone who had 568 snaps and starting experience last year, then something is broken in your decision-making progress.

•   Not that I needed the reminder, but I can see why Matt Nagy wanted to hire Todd Bowles to run his defense after Vic Fangio left:

•   Seriously … what’s a young QB supposed to do?

•   It’s not as if the coaches were giving him any help:

•   Don’t get me wrong. Some of it is on Fields. There were misses on throws. That processor needs to be quicker, in terms of getting the ball out, throwing it away, or going down. But Fields is a rookie. And when your team is playing a rookie quarterback behind a makeshift offensive line and a group of less-than-desirable targets, this is the stuff that can happen.

•   This is what it looks like when a line can’t sustain blocks with any consistency. And this is what it looks like when receivers can’t create separation. Throw in schemes and game plans that don’t seem to fit the personnel, and the Bears look like a franchise who was exposed as being way behind the times. The game was a microcosm of the Matt Nagy/Ryan Pace era.

•   It’s never good when your offense draws comparisons to the Marc Trestman era:

•   It’s not lost on me that in 2014, Tom Brady put a 50-burger on the Trestman Bears that began that team’s death spiral. Seven years later, his new team’s thrashing of Chicago’s football team could serve in the same capacity. Because time is a flat circle.

•   I couldn’t help to think about how Nagy insisted on giving Fields no first-team reps during training camp as I watched drops, witnessed miscommunication on the field, and noticed how timing was off between Fields and his receivers throughout the afternoon.

•   This. Offense. Isn’t. Good. Enough.

•   We’re in Year 4 of the Nagy era. And we’re going on seven years of the Pace regime. If you look at it through those lenses, then yesterday’s result is unacceptable. The last two losses are an indictment of an era of failure.

•   What in the wide world of word salad does this even mean?

•   Is this rock bottom again? That’s fair to ask … right?

•   At least Khalil Herbert continues to run hard:

•   For your venting needs:

•   After dealing with yesterday’s effort, Bears fans deserve to laugh today:

https://twitter.com/bearsontap/status/1452316947312488455?s=10

•   Gosh, this feels fitting:

•   Remember when the Bears hired Marc Trestman instead of Bruce Arians? A reminder of how so many of the Bears’ issues are rooted in things that happened long before this team was even put together.

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•   At least the Bulls’ culture looks good:

•   Chicago’s hockey team is in one of those ruts where everything that can go wrong, will go wrong — and in spectacular fashion. The Hawks are 0-5-1 and were dealing with COVID-19 issues ahead of their most recent defeat.

•   The St. Louis Cardinals’ new manager is only one day younger than I am, which really puts some things into perspective.



Author: Luis Medina

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