Chicago Bears Week 15 Loss against Vikings: A Fan’s Non-Expert Take


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It’s getting harder and harder to write these posts after these losses. I saw so much hope and promise from our team earlier in the season, and now it’s being chipped away every week. Some of the players have obviously given up. I don’t know if it’s because they are on a one-year “prove it” deal, and they assume they failed to prove it, or what?  Something’s broken here and it reminds me of last season. Just two more games to get through.

I was so bummed out last night after the game, that I took the family to the movies to see Star Wars:The Force Awakens just to try to shake out of it. It worked. It was awesome. I have been wanting to see it anyway, but last night seemed like a good time. Then the feelings revisited when I woke up today and remembered I have to write this post. I want to be able to point out the good things with our team. I want to see a progression throughout the season. I think we peaked on Thanksgiving in Lambeau when we beat the Packers. It’s been downhill ever since.

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It’s obvious that Kyle Long needs to move back to guard. He is a strength there, but as a tackle he is a liability. Maybe not as much when Jay stops trusting him, but trusting your tackle should not be the issue. Two weeks in a row he got beat by his man and it resulted in a loss of possession for our Chicago Bears. *Update* I just read that John Fox says they are keeping him at tackle. I don’t know why you would take a 2 year Pro Bowl guard and move him to another position only to watch him suffer and make costly mistakes.

The Chicago Bears may just be short on talent. I wanted to believe that we had a team full of hungry guys playing with a chip on their shoulders because they were undrafted or cut or not drafted as high as they thought they should be. We have guys that can do well in spurts, but lack consistency. Half this team won’t be here next year and I think more than half knows it. They’re just going through the motions.

I’m not so sure about the play calling on offense. At this point in the season, don’t you think we could be a little less conservative? I appreciate the dedication to the run game, but why don’t you let Jay Cutler, who probably has one of the best arms in the NFL, air it out some more? I saw a little increase, but why not more? I did notice Jay throwing a couple away because of coverage. What a long way he has come. I actually miss the explosiveness of 2013. It must be pretty bad for me to say that. Maybe it was just having a healthy Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. I hope Alshon gets better. Injuries have plagued him the last couple years. Having him healthy and 2015 first rounder Kevin White on the field together next year could be huge.

I just want all you Chicago Bear fans to keep your head up and try not to be bummed out. I know that it will get better. This was a rebuilding year, and our team played well enough at times to think that it was fixed. Other times, it appeared broken in all new ways. Starting out 0-3 is hard for any team. It was an uphill battle the whole time after that.

Best wishes for a Happy Holiday and I hope you are able to enjoy some time with friends and family. They are much more important than football, and always have been. It’s just much more apparent to me when my team is doing badly, so God bless them all.