Hot Take Tuesday: Week Two- Pathetic and EmBearassing

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky
TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky /

Hot Take Tuesday: The Incoherent Rantings of a Belligerent Bears fan.

For 6 months, NFL analysts have been saying the Chicago Bears are one of the three worst teams in the NFL. It was the San Francisco 49ers, the New York Jets and our beloved Bears. And what did most of us sheep say for six months? “These people don’t know what they’re talking about. We’ve got Jordan Howard, we’ve got a really good defense. We may not be great, but the Bears aren’t getting enough credit.”

Two weeks into the season, that’s laughable- damn laughable! In case you hadn’t noticed, the Bears are rotten. Listen, I knew this was a rebuilding year, and I didn’t expect this team to win more than 5 or 6 games, but what I saw on Sunday was an unprepared embarrassment that should be ashamed from the top all the way down to the bottom.

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Name a highlight from this game. What is a positive that we can focus on as Bears fans? That Eddie Jackson looked pretty good? It’s a hot mess is what it is and it starts with Mike Glennon. I really wanted to put a particular expletive in between “Mike” and “Glennon” but for professionalism’s sake, I’ll skip it and let you guys insert it yourselves.

Where to start? Let’s start with our Redwood of a quarterback. Glennon lost this game before the team really had a chance. Turnovers giving Tampa a short field, the pick six, the fact that he can’t throw the ball down the field. Enough with this guy. Look, nobody with a logical brain killed the Bears for the Glennon signing but you have to realize it’s a mistake at this point and move on. It would be nice if Trubisky was playing this week against Pittsburgh. This isn’t the Steel Curtain defense. Their defense can be exploited and it would have been a perfectly good place to give Mitch his first start.

Once the Bears fall to 0-3, there is zero chance that a Trubisky’s first start is going to be a short week of preparation heading to Lambeau. Scratch that off the list. However, the following game, Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings. That’s the game to circle. A long prep week, home game and an 0-4 team where Glennon has failed every way imaginable. That seems sensible. I won’t rage next week about Trubisky starting against the Packers but if the switch isn’t made for the Vikings game, I’m going to blow a gasket.

Here’s another thing I’ve heard enough of, that the lack of a running game is part of the reason that Glennon is struggling. Stop. Stop. Stop! If you hear someone say that, the next logical thought in your brain should be, “Oh, I see, this person doesn’t understand football.” The reason the running game can’t get going is because Glennon can’t stretch the defense. They have the whole damn team at the line of scrimmage because these teams don’t respect Glennon’s arm. That’s it. Cause and effect. You don’t believe me? Here:

Look who’s last? Also, don’t throw Joe Flacco in my face who is coming off a shoulder injury with literally no time to rehab. Glennon can’t throw. He has screwed up the passing game and the running game, just by being himself.

Finally, the coaching staff. Let’s pause here to grade them a big giant zero. At least the Falcons game the Bears competed. They were prepared to play. Whatever this team was that showed up to play Tampa Bay was an undisciplined, unprepared group that had no business being on the field. The game plan was bad, what there was of a game plan was poorly executed. How about the defense get penalized again? It really was a joke. Let’s be honest. I’ll be excited to write articles speculating John Fox’s replacement when he’s fired on January 1st.

Quick Hits

  • I hope Nick Kwiatkoski’s injury isn’t as bad as expected. I feel bad for the kid, he was off to a nice start against Tampa.
  • Secondary did a nice job containing the passing game but the defensive line must generate more of a pass rush.
  • I think the Bears were just called for another defensive holding penalty.
  • Eddie Goldman continues to impress.
  • It’s tough to grade anyone else on the offense as long as Mike Glennon plays the way he’s playing.

One more thing before I forget. Why is Mark Sanchez still on this roster?! I understood the idea of having him as QB2 until they felt Trubisky was ready. Guess what? Trubisky is the QB2, which means Sanchez is literally wasting a roster spot while guys like Tanner Gentry are exposed through waivers. I understand Gentry might be the next Daniel Braverman, but he also might be the next Julian Edelman. The fact is we don’t know if Gentry will develop into a legitimate contributor, but we do know what Mark Sanchez is- someone that doesn’t fit into the Bears’ future plans and someone who isn’t even active on Sundays. Use his spot for someone who might actually help the roster on Sundays. It’s not that complicated.