Chicago Bears Week 18 Loser No. 2: Offensive Line
Clearly this game was just a flop by the Chicago Bears when it came to winning at the line of scrimmage. Once again, the offensive line resorted back to the way they looked early in the season. There was no push in the run game and they fell apart in pass protection. One player who really stood out for the wrong reasons was Teven Jenkins. He seemed to be lost in pass protection today and got beat badly on several reps. With Fields being sacked five times and forced to scramble on several other plays, the offense could not get any type of rhythm to threaten the Packers' defense.
The Bears have invested some assets into the offensive line recently. With Jenkins and Darnell Wright being top-round selections and Nate Davis being given a significant contract, one would think this line would be a lot better than the way it plays. Unfortunately, injuries and inconsistency have plagued them. Even when fully healthy, with all the scuffling and underwhelming production from the line have once again handcuffed the offense. Nate Davis has been up and down all year with injuries, and when healthy he has not lived up to expectations. Once again, he got hurt against the Packers and did not return.
Whoever is at quarterback next year will suffer in this offense if the Bears do not address the glaring need in the interior of the line. They should look for a starting guard, center, and possibly a tackle, but the center and guard are of primary importance. It will be hard to move on from Nate Davis, but he has not lived up to the contract he was given last offseason.