4. The Chicago Bears whiffed on Lucas Patrick
Lucas Patrick is representative of everything the Chicago Bears have done poorly. Ryan Poles only signed him because he was familiar with Luke Getsy, and he wanted to bring in his offense. However, Patrick was a depth name who started due to injury the year before he signed.
This is like Poles signing Byron Pringle and Matt Eberflus signing Al-Quadin Muhammad. When you sign guys you like, you get results like this. Patrick has the excuse that he was hurt last year, while those two faltered. Still, Poles had to know not to trust him and try to upgrade. At the least, he needed to add depth since Patrick was hurt multiple times last year.
Patrick was hurt again this preseason, and the team needed him. He has been a major letdown so far this year as he shakes off the rust. There is just nothing to get excited about when you know that Patrick is starting.
What will be interesting to see is what happens if and when Teven Jenkins comes back. Does Cody Whitehair push Patrick back to depth as he moves into center? Do they bench Whitehair, who has been a disappointment as well? Either way, there are just a few more games with Patrick playing this year. Then, next year, center will be a major need, even though everyone thought they would take care of that this offseason.