Bears Takeaways – Week 11

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9.) Does the coaching staff know teams make adjustments at halftime? 

Does John Fox take a nap at halftime? How many games this year have the Bears played well in the first half and then get crushed after haltime? It happened again this week. The Bears controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball in the first half, but once the second half started, they couldn’t do anything right on offense or defense.

For some reason the Bears seem to assume that everything that worked in the first half will keep working in the second. They call the same plays on offense and run the same schemes on defense. This is the NFL and most teams adjust pretty fast to stop the opponent’s best plays. Not the Bears though. This coaching staff has been an embarrassment all year and Sunday was more of the same.

10.) Still in line for the #3 overall pick!

As painful as the Bears 22-16 loss was, with only two wins still the Bears are in line for the #3 pick in the NFL draft. This season is a lost cause, so fans might as well look on the bright side and start dreaming about who the Bears could select in the first round.

I’ve already started my draft coverage of players the Bears might target. Here are some links if you want to see some potentials QBs (part1, part2) or RBs (part1, part2) that would be good fits for the Bears.

11.) Pat O’Donnell had his best game as a Bear

One of the few bright spots in the Bears loss was the play of punter Pat O’Donnell. On six punts he averaged 48.2 yards, despite swirling winds. He also had a punt of 67 yards from deep in Bears territory in the fourth quarter. O’Donnell is having a solid season and looks like a keeper moving forward.

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12.) Random game notes

  • Rookie tight end Ben Braunecker got 30 snaps after Zach Miller left the game, but looked overmatched as a blocker.
  • Recently signed DT C.J. Wilson played well with two QB hits.
  • Adrian Amos dropped an easy INT and has to start making plays if he wants ot keep his job next season.
  • Deon Bush got some snaps on defense but didn’t make any plays. I’m glad the Bears picked him in the 4th round over Dak Prescott!
  • Bryce Callahan played well in his first game back from injury.