How the heck are we 3-0?
Before we dive into football talk, I want to dedicate this article to Bears Legend, Gale Sayers. As some of you may know, I have a hard time keeping up with all of the news. Between all of the sports I follow, video games, the current state of the world and everything else in life, it’s hard to juggle it all. So, I hadn’t at all heard about the passing of Gale Sayers, until last night when I put on the replay of the Bears game on. It was pretty sad to hear about and is hard to talk about. It’s been a tough year. My thoughts go to his family and friends. We’ll miss you.
I don’t even know what to say about the game. It was possibly the least exciting come back that I recall seeing. So many flags, reviews, poor decision making…I could go on forever. I don’t want to discredit the Bears and some incredible performances, particularly in the fourth, but Atlanta really gave us this game.
May as well start with the popular headline. Matt Nagy finally went away from Trubisky, removing him in the third quarter and going with Nick Foles. I don’t mean to say “finally” as a knock against Mitch, I more mean it in the sense that this was inevitable, ever since the Bears signed Foles in the off season. It’s like there is some unwritten rule that the Bears can’t change QB. They will sign or draft a new guy and we all know that the future plan is for the new QB, but we won’t make the change until mid game or mid season. It’s like the organisation is waiting for the current QB to make a mistake first, so they don’t look like bad guys.
That being said, I don’t think Mitch ever really made that mistake. Not critically anyway. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a QB as polarising as Mitch Trubisky. This guy shows flashes of being amazing. On the other hand, at times he looks like the biggest bust in the world. And he can swap freely between the two, almost at will. It’s so hard to understand and it’s so frustrating to watch. Last night was no different. He had some amazing passes, he had some duds, he got lucky, he got unlucky, he got sacked, he dodged hits, it was a classic Trubisky performance.
Anyway, the real QB story is we finally went to Foles. And he delivered. In my opinion, I didn’t see enough to take away the two touchdown passes that the officials took away from the Bears. Especially not the Robinson one. If you take that into consideration, Foles had 5 touchdown passes and 0 interceptions in about a little over a quarter of football. That’s astonishing, especially considering he came in cold and likely hasn’t had many practice reps with the starting line. I don’t think you can argue that Foles isn’t the guy moving forward. Remember, he is a former Super Bowl MVP. I imagine we haven’t seen the last of Trubisky though.
In some very bad news, Tarik Cohen has torn his ACL and is likely done for the season. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t regret us not keeping Jordan Howard. They were such a good 1-2 punch and we could really do with Howard now. Montgomery is good, but he is no Tarik Cohen. Same with Patterson. No one man can fill the void that will be left by his absence. Nagy will have to look to several different players to step up and carry some of the offensive burden.
Speaking of missing former Bears, there literally hasn’t been a game go by that I don’t miss Robbie Gould. You can’t win games without a reliable kicker. The last few years have proved that for Chicago and I’m worried this year will be the same.
A lot of credit for this victory has to go to (the Falcons) Akiem Hicks. He knows how to step up in a big moment. Khalil Mack is obviously a threat and draws a lot of attention. Teams are making it hard for Mack to get the QB, which leaves room for others to step up. Hicks is definitely doing that. I think you can say that with Hicks, we are probably 0-3. He is getting sacks when it matters the most.
This was an ugly game of football. So many flags. The Bears really need to clean that up, especially our special teams. A few roughing penalties were very silly. I really wish the NFL would stop being so delicate over the QB’s. Yes, player safety is important, but not at the expense of defense. The QB needs to get hit sometimes.
Somehow, the Bears win, after barely converting on third down and being down by 16 points with 7 minutes left. I really don’t understand this team, but we need to figure it out soon. Bears win, 30-26 and improve to 3-0 for the season.