Thought No.1: Does Luke Getsy call different plays for Tyson Bagent
Many Bears fans have already drawn some sort of conclusion on this team this season. Head coach Matt Eberflus is good as gone, and General Manager Ryan Poles is getting plenty of blame for his personnel decision he made this off-season and his future has been debated.
The game against the Raiders could also serve as an indictment on offensive coordinator Luke Getsy as well. He has drawn much of the wrath from the fans, and with Bagent in at quarterback, it is interesting to see what will offense looks like.
After two straight offensive outbursts against Denver and Washington, the Bears' offense crashed back to earth against Minnesota. They had a hard time adjusting to their blitz, which was not helped by Justin Fields holding onto the ball too long, including the one where he injured his thumb.
With Bagent under center on Sunday, the following questions will likely be posed:
1. Will Getsy open up his playbook and run plays that we have not seen before?
2. What if Bagent operates the offense more proficiently than Fields did in the first six weeks?
3. How will the rest of the offense respond with Bagent under center vs. Fields?
Even though Bagent indicating he is comfortable with the entire playbook, it would be shocking to see Getsy throw everything at his feet and try to beat the Raiders by making him throw 40 or more times. If Bagent somehow weathers the relentless pressure, especially from Maxx Crosby, and still manages to get rid of the ball quickly and executes the offense faster and better than Fields, does Getsy have a point against the fans and media, who have been questioning him all season?
And what happens if Getsy adjusts his scheme to match Bagent's skill set and gets the results? He will surely bring scrutiny as to why he could not do that with Fields on a consistent basis. Tomorrow's game could give us some answers to the questions posed above.