As I walked to the shuttle with my buddy Luke, we kept throwing around lines like “shut off for Goff”, “look for Cook”, and “hit a berg for Hackenberg.” While at the time we were only kidding about the possibility of the Bears tanking for a stud college QB, it later got me thinking. As I sat in traffic on Highway 41, I determined that the Bears in fact don't need to tank. They still have a chance.
Even though the Bears were anything but good in week one, and they continued to regress in week two, I implore you, for the love of Ditka, to not give up on the 2015-2016 Bears just yet… and here’s why:
1. Aside from one pic-six today, Jay Cutler has looked incredible.
Yep, you read that correctly. Jay Cutler has shown significant bursts of improvement throughout the first two weeks of this young season. Before injury sidelined him today, Cutler threw completions on 8/9 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. Last week he threw for another 225 yards. He has also limited the turnovers to two interceptions; this coming against two of the NFL’s premier defenses. Look for continued improvement from the Bear wearing number 6.
2. The players are buying into John Fox’s system.
Remember back last season, around mid-November, when Brandon Marshall came out and publically took shots at Jay Cutler and the Bears’ offense? The team was up in arms, and had seemingly no answers in store. That was solely due to the fact that no one bought into Trestman’s system. However this season, players and front office alike have both broken their silence to express high levels of support for John Fox. When discussing the transformation of Trestman to Fox, DJ Williams came out and said “It’s very hard to find a blend of that, somebody who’s like real hard-nosed, but laid-back at the same time.”
3. The Bears can put points on the board.
The Bears scored 20 points today in the first half, which was controlled by Jay Cutler. Under Jimmy Clausen, they scored three points. Last week the Bears again put up 23 points. This all being said, the Bears have the 8th most productive offense in the NFL right now, averaging just over 400 yards per game. They also have the 3rd best running offense in the NFL. These last few weeks the Bears proved that under the leadership of Jay Cutler they will score points, and they will gain yards. Lots of both.
4. Matt Forte is the same old Matt Forte.
While production was hindered today against a stout Cardinals defense, Forte still has 200 rushing yards and a touchdown over two games. He also has over 70 yards receiving. While one player ultimately will not make or break an offense, it still helps knowing that the Bears posses one of the NFL’s most consistent players.
5. We’re Chicago, we don’t ever stop believing in our teams.
Take the Cubs for example. They have averaged over 30,000 fans per game each season since 1997. These sales coming when the Cubbies struggled to win 60 games in a season. If we can have some faith in our Cubs, than we need to have some faith in our Bears.
The Bears have bright spots, but they also have a decent amount of work to do. Their defense was torched for the second week in a row, they missed two touchdown opportunities today vs. the Cardinals, and they can’t seem to string together consecutive successful drives.
I am not asking you to believe what I have to say, hell i’m not even expecting you to agree with me for most of it. However I am asking for you to have some faith in the team that represents your city. They have the pieces needed to put together a decent run. Now it is time for the Bears to take those pieces and build up some wins.
Thanks for your time.