Final Thoughts: The Bears are in deeper than they imagined

Final Thoughts: The Bears are in deeper than they imagined
GREENBAY, WI - OCTOBER 20: Wide receiver Davante Adams #17 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with teammate wide receiver Ty Montgomery #88 after scoring a third quarter touchdown while cornerback DeVante Bausby #20 of the Chicago Bears looks on at Lambeau Field on October 20, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Injuries are making the Bears look even worse than they could have ever thought they could be this season.

After losing 26-10 on Thursday night to rival Green Bay, it is now more apparent than ever that this team is not only beaten up but beyond thin all over the roster. They are 1-6 through seven weeks and off to their worst start since 2000 under Dick Jauron.

General manager Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox were brought in nearly two years ago to revamp this team and make them not only younger but tougher.

19 players are injured at the moment and three key players who suited up against the Packers, Pernell McPhee, Leonard Floyd and Bryce Callahan were all on pitch counts. Add in that Kyle Long suffered an arm injury and boy does that hamper your chances.

Eddie Royal, Long, Josh Sitton, Kevin White (IR), Jeremy Langford, Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, Marquess Wilson and Hroniss Grasu were the players on offense they were missing at some point tonight while Lamarr Houston (IR), Kyle Fuller (IR), Eddie Goldman and Deiondre’ Hall were not in uniform.

Blaming injuries is an easy cop out for the coaching staff and I don’t think Fox and his staff will ever do that, but that is what could keep them around past this season even if they don’t win another game at 1-6.

Many won’t remember that this game was just a 6-3 Green Bay lead after 30 minutes. A Leonard Floyd strip sack and fumble recovery touchdown put the Bears ahead for a brief moment at 10-6, but the Packers added 20 straight points to pull ahead.

The final stats are ugly as Aaron Rodgers and company picked up 32 first downs compared to only 13 for the Bears. Green Bay held the ball nearly 40 minutes while the Bears were 24 seconds over the 20-minute mark. Lastly, the Packers had 406 total yards while Fox’s unit had 189.

This game was close until Rodgers suddenly figured out that the Bears cornerback group is not only young and unproven¬†but uneven as well. De’Vante Bausby,¬†Jacoby Glenn and Cre’Von LeBlanc were picked on time and time again.

Vic Fangio’s defense was on the field a ton in the second half, but they couldn’t stop Rodgers who was firing strikes to Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery with ease.

Yes, it didn’t help that the Bears converted just 2-of-8 third downs on the night. Between Hoyer and backup Matt Barkley they combined to go for 10-of-26 for 120 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 22.9.

Barkley threw his first regular season pass since 2014 and he now has no touchdowns and six interceptions in five career games.

Putting blame on Barkley is flat out ridiculous considering he was just activated to the 53-man roster one month ago and signed to the team via the practice squad on Sept. 4. The 26-year-old USC product admitted after the game that outside of Josh Bellamy, he hasn’t thrown to many of the Bears wideouts in practices yet.

Hoyer’s broken left arm was painful to watch with Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews pouncing on him, but let’s face it, we know what Hoyer is, an average, middle of the road quarterback.

Fox said in his postgame interview that Cutler is getting closer to a return, but take that with a grain of salt considering No. 6 has practiced once over the last five weeks. Cutler would boost this offense and give himself new life if he could peform well even in a forgetful season.

A few positives

The two positives in this game for me came from Floyd and Pat O’Donnell.

Starting with Floyd. The rookie returned from a calf injury that kept him out of the last two games. He had three tackles, three quarterback hits, two sacks, a pass breakup and the team’s lone touchdown on the night.

Floyd became the first Bears’ rookie defensive end with two sacks in a game since Mark Anderson accomplished that feat in Oct. 2006. Floyd now has 2.5 sacks in his first five NFL games. Sam Acho paced him with two quarterback hits while Jerrell Freeman had one.

As for O’Donnell, the often criticized punter booted five punts for an average of 45.0 yards. He dropped three of those inside the 20.

It’s not a good thing that one of the bright spots comes from your punter, but that’s how hard it is to find positives from this performance.

Final thoughts

With nine games left in the season, the Bears have five that come at Soldier Field. Keeping their fans entertained won’t be an easy task. However, assessing the roster is key no matter how their season unfolds.

The Bears will play host to undefeated Minnesota on Halloween night in what should be an interesting game and fan turnout, to say the least.

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