John Fox’s Bears have won the second most games in one season in his tenure. Whether or not to say the team has improved is not likely but hey are facing NFL teams every week. Going onto every week even Bear fans expect them to lose. They have little faith from ownership on down. We’ve been screaming for a franchise quarterback and I can say we may have one.
What is more prescient is that the players he was drafted with or drafted prior to giving a new QB some weapons for the most part got onto the field on Sunday and made an impact. That Cincinnati had a number of players out due to injury doesn’t matter as any club this time of year can say the same but we also got back some player at the right time. The Bears are attempting to win out with three more games remaining but pundits say this is the time the Bears should be playing for draft position.
It isn’t as if they can strike out on purpose as with baseball or miss every shot you take in basketball. With all of the players getting fined for dirty hits rivals or not there is never a time to take a play off in football.
John Fox is fighting for his job at least for another and Ryan Pace is hoping to be the one who fires him if it comes to that. I am one of the few that says if this staff can be kept for one more season then let it be so. With the rookie getting into his groove why not see how far it goes. The Bears just scored more points than all of the previous games in the John Fox era. Let’s see if they can do it again. There are three more game left and dare I say they are all winnable? Having to play Minnesota might be scary to some but the Bears nearly beat them in the first half of the season.
It is possible to win out especially with some of the firsts that came about against Cincinnati: The first 100 yard receiver of the season. I‘ve already mentioned the number of points. First Bears running back to reach 1000 yards in consecutive seasons and the first running touchdown for Trubisky this season though he has the speed to rush for many more.
I say one more year for this regime and maybe a huge step closer to the playoffs than we’d imagined, No one plays a complete game on both sides of the ball every week but there is no reason we shouldn’t have seen more games like this except the first Bears/Lions game where Connor Barth came nowhere near the goal post with the game tying kick. In my opinion however should have been no need for it had the Bears dominated the second half of that game as they had the first half taking a 17-7 lead at one point. But for a couple of games like the Philadelphia game the Bears have been competitive in all of their games, Even the one Mike Glennon played. He did after all engineer the upset of the Steelers.
The Bears with a few draft picks and free agent signings on the defense and wide receiver this team isn’t that far from .500. While everyone was calling for firings after the loss to the 49ers and seeing in Jimmy Garoppolo what we’ve been waiting for since Sid Luckman as the media keeps reminding us, a franchise quarterback. Let’s not forget that while Jimmy G was able to move the ball against us he had to rely on five field goals to win the game. The rookie Trubisky was able to get the ball into the end zone but made a number of rookie mistakes to remind us that’s exactly what he is. I think he’s comfortable enough now to call this his team and that’s the way it should be and while I see the Bears drafting another quarterback in next years draft we don’t have to sit around for an implosion to bring that qb onto the field and it starts all over again. Let’s look at this as a leap forward to a season full of success.