It’s been five days since the 100th NFL Season opened.
Last Thursday night, the Chicago Bears were defeated 10-3 by their archrival the Green Bay Packers.
Here’s some key thoughts from this game after a few days of mourning:
1) It’s a new season and the Packers are improved.
The entire NFC was put on notice after this game. Aaron Rodgers sounded a bit giddy post-game about his new defense:
Major props to the Packers. Their defense dominated in route to this win.
2) Matt Nagy needs to adjust in big games.
2018 vs. Tennessee Titans- Wild Card round- 33 passes vs 16 runs- Loss
2019 vs. Philadelphia Eagles- Wild Card round- 43 passes vs. 18 runs- Loss
2019 vs. Green Bay- Opening Night- 45 passes vs. 12 runs- Loss
The last run play was called right around the 10-minute mark of the 3rd quarter. The Bears were only down 7-3 most of the night.
Matt Nagy needs to adjust his play calling or give the duties up to his offensive coordinator. Tarik Cohen is a dynamic weapon. Mike Davis was signed in the off season to a multiyear deal. David Montgomery was drafted after they jumped up 15 slots. Run the ball!
3) Mitch Trubisky should shoulder some, but not all the blame.
Mitch Trubisky was awful. The whole nation witnessed it and the national media had a field day on him.
The Packers defensive backs even came out and said it post-game:
Jaire Alexander: “If his first read isn’t there, then he will turn and run.”
Trevon Williams: “We wanted to make Mitch play quarterback. We knew they had a lot of weapons, we knew they were dangerous, we knew all of those things. But we knew if we could make Mitch play quarterback, that we’d have a chance.”
These two comments were on display in the most important moment of the game:
It’s not hard to see that Mitch’s eyes were locked on Allen Robinson the entire time.
A struggling player, however, shouldn’t have to throw 45 passes in a game. Mitch Trubisky is still a developmental quarterback who is entering his second year in a complex offense. He improved significantly as last year progressed and I believe will continue to do so. Bears fans might have to begin scouting the 2020 NFL Draft for quarterbacks if he doesn’t improve. (This was even more confirmed after Watson torched the Saints last night.)
4) The Bears Defense might even be better if Leonard Floyd is for real:
Look at this beautiful lay where Floyd bullrushes all-pro left tackle David Bakhtiari into Aaron Rodgers:
Leonard Floyd started off his make-or-break season with two key sacks. The Bears defense will be even better if this fourth-year defensive end out of Georgia puts it all together. (Wouldn’t you want to get paid, Leonard?)
5) It’s just one game.
The same exact result happened week one at Green Bay last season.
Granted, that was a different type of game, but the Bears finished the year 12-3 and won the NFC North. Matt Nagy was able to use that loss to motivate his team.
It’s time for him to do it again. The journey begins week two at Denver, vs. their former defensive coordinator in Denver’s home opener.
We will all be watching.
P.S. Hey guys! My friend and I just started a new video blog on YouTube. We will be doing weekly pre and post-game podcasts for the Bears. I hope to transform this to more NFC North content in the future. Please check it out!
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