Dolphins Beat Bears: The Morning After


Oct 19, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan (24) causes Chicago Bears tight end Dante Rosario (88) to fumble the ball in the second half of their game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

I’m only 22, but I’ve watched an unhealthy amount of football throughout the course of my life. First and foremost, I’m not an expert. I’m just an incredibly passionate fan of this sport. I’ve seen my favorite ball club fall victim to the dreaded 8-8’s and 7-9 seasons, so I’m familiar with unspectacular and underachieving football. But, this Bears squad is demonstrating a rare form of mediocrity.

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Things would be different if the roster was simply not talented enough to win football games, but in no way is this the case. This is the best Chicago’s roster has been in years, and yet, the 2014 Bears have nothing to show for it.

You’re right, Brandon Marshall. 3-4 IS unacceptable. There’s too much experience and too many play-makers on both sides of the ball for this team to be struggling to find an identity.

Yesterday’s outing was an absolute nightmare.

This team looks like a dumpster fire.

What jumped out at me was lack of enthusiasm; blame it on the horrible conditions of the Soldier Field grass, blame it on the fact that the Bears can’t win at home, but it looked like absolutely no one was playing at full speed.

Marc Trestman’s play calling was head-scratching, and in all honesty, a major factor in this loss. Jay Cutler said there were only two designed runs for Matt Forte in the first half. Which, for the love of all things holy, I hope is incorrect. Getting Forte involved early and often has proven to be a winning recipe for this team, so why shy away from giving him the ball? Trestman said otherwise.

The Bears have the best receiving corps in football, so why can’t they score more than 20 points a game? This team is built to drop 40 points on any team they want, completely at will.

In typical Bears fashion, the game was lost because of turnovers. Jay Cutler threw an interception, along with coughing up the ball on a strip-sack, courtesy of Cam Wake. Dante Rosario fumbled late in the game to seal the win for the Phins.

Defensively, they couldn’t find a way to get off the field. Mel Tucker’s vanilla 4-3 scheme is holding this defense back. The lone bright spot was Jeremiah Ratliff. Ratliff finished the game with 3.5 sacks. Also, Shea McClellin looked lost out there. His inability to shed blocks leads to big plays from opposing offenses.

Apparently, things got heated in the Bears locker room after the game. There was “lots of yelling, and players even needed to be taken out of the room.” Where was that emotion during the game? Hopefully, flared tempers are enough to light a fire under this team, because it’s do or die in Chicago. Will they rally and play the kind of football we know they’re capable of? Or do they crumble, and settle for another 8-8 year?