Unfortunately, a lot of Bears fans should have seen this coming. Tillman, now 32 years old, has struggled to stay on the field throughout the season and has been mediocre at best during his limited playing time. One of the most beloved Bears in recent years, Tillman injured himself yet again during Sunday’s loss to the Lions, but fortunately it sounds like he may get another chance to prove himself this year. The Bears’ cornerback was initially thought to be lost for the entire season, but his diagnosis has now been changed to short-term IR. Regardless of his diagnosis, Tillman will have to show the Bears some glimpses of his old self if he hopes to warrant a new contract this off-season.
This is the first time this season that Slauson finds himself in the “Falling” category, but his holding penalty on Matt Forte’s would-be touchdown in the fourth quarter is more than enough to warrant this designation. Simply put, Slauson cost the team seven points and a great shot at winning the game. He and Roberto Garza struggled to contain the Lions’ interior lineman throughout the game and were the weakest links on an otherwise solid offensive line. He will need to rebound against a Baltimore Ravens defense that still shows glimpses of past dominance.
The Bears’ secondary has been criticized and ripped apart throughout the season and nobody more so than Wright. There’s reason for that though and Wright proved it yet again on Sunday, dropping an easy interception, getting caught out of position and missing several key open-field tackles. He’s become too much of a liability at this point and doesn’t seem to be heading in any sort of positive direction in his career. It’s time to cut Wright loose this off-season.