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"Even by Chicago Bears standards, Sunday's offensive ineptitude was an all-timer," Jeff Dickerson writes for ESPN Chicago.
"The Bears finished with 6 rushing yards in their 31-3 loss to the Eagles - the second fewest in franchise history. It was the fewest by any team since the Colts rushed for 1 yard in December 2014, according to ESPN Stats & Information. And on average, the Eagles hit the Bears 1.3 yards into the backfield on designed run plays, the second-worst average before contact since 2009."
It was, as they say, a laugher.
While Dontrelle Inman was being looked at, Bears sent punt team onto the field on third down. Then after Inman walked off and O regrouped, Bears had to use a TO with only 10 men on the field.— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) November 26, 2017
"Philadelphia outgained Chicago in net yards 420 to 140. The Bears failed to convert a first down in the first half and finished the game with just eight.
"Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky also had his worst day as a pro, completing 17 of 33 pass attempts for 147 yards, with two interceptions and a 38.3 passer rating.
"Eventually we are going to learn from one of these things [defeats], and we just have to keep working," Kyle Long said.
Note to Long: "Learning" doesn't improve the roster, the coaching, the general managing or the ownership.
Also from Dickerson:
"The Chicago Bears' biggest offseason blunder might not have been overpaying Mike Glennon, but allowing their best wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery, to depart in free agency. Both decisions are regrettable."
Click through for the rest, you won't regret it.
Dan Pompeii asks a good question: "What did you expect?"
Brad Biggs has some bad news for the McCaskeys and Ryan Pace: This Bears Team Is Worse Than The One Eagles Routed By 43 Points Just 4 Years Ago.
Likewise, David Haugh: "Feel free to applaud the direction under Pace, but realize you are being encouraged by a pretty ordinary performance at the executive level. The Bears fired predecessor Phil Emery after three seasons - and his teams were 23-25. Respect for Jerry Angelo (95-81), discarded in 2011 after 11 seasons, grows every day."
Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns both think Pace should pull the trigger on Fox now if the decision has been made instead of waiting until the end of the season.
Hoge: "Pace is not without blame for what is turning out to be another disastrous season at 1920 Football Drive, but in two of their last three games, the Bears have come out flat and unprepared, a reflection of poor coaching.
"Twelve weeks into the season, they're still too undisciplined and the lack of development with this young roster is concerning. Personnel decisions on offense have been baffling and Fox's general conservative philosophy does not fit well with rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's raw talent.
"Opting to kick a 54-yard field goal on 4th and 4 in a lost season is proof of that, especially considering the Bears were using a brand new kicker (Cairo Santos) coming off a groin injury who didn't even have the leg strength to get the ball to the goal posts with the wind at his back."
Jahns: "What did Trubisky gain from the Eagles' 31-3 mauling of the Bears on Sunday? And why did the Bears run a reverse on second-and-10 from the Eagles' 22 in the third quarter? It ruined Trubisky's best drive."
It could've been - should've been - so much worse.
Doug Pederson says he wants his players to know that the way they played against the Bears (in terms of fumbles/penalties) was unacceptable.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 27, 2017
The Bears had zero first downs in the first half vs the Eagles.— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 26, 2017
They're the first team to have zero first downs in the first half of a game since the Chiefs did so in Week 15, 2012 vs the Raiders
Bears just called timeout to avoid a delay of game -- on their own 1-yard line. They wasted a timeout to keep it 3rd-&-17 instead of 3rd-& 17 1/2.— Vincent Verhei (@FO_VVerhei) November 26, 2017
Alshon Jeffrey bowling strikes against his former team 🎳 pic.twitter.com/2Z0hWzTMee— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) November 26, 2017
Cherry on top.
Former Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman just won the CFL's Grey Cup and won coach of the year after his championship team was dead last in the league last season. Congratulations Coach Trestman! Love from Chicago. #beardown #dabears pic.twitter.com/wJIySJ8syD— Chicago Bears Talk (@Bearssource) November 27, 2017
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Posted on Dec 11, 2017