Well, the Bears have a week off and we are halfway through the season, so it is probably a good time to see what we have cooking so far this year at Halas Hall.
Our defense is, well, improving. You can certainly see a sense of urgency in the play of Kyle Fuller since this is his contract year. The line is stout with Hicks leading the way and overall, we seem to be more aggressive and hard hitting. The loss of Freeman for a while due to his PED bust hurts but honestly we aren’t likely going anywhere soon so in the big picture, who cares. I am happy to see improvement in any fashion and I don’t think I would get too many arguments on this point. Elite, no. Improved, yes.
On offense it has been interesting to see Tittiesss start out this year. He is making some rookie mistakes, but that is expected. He does make some great throws and it is cool to see what a fresh arm can do. The problem is that his line is so bad that he only has one second to work with most of the time and then he is under duress. A rookie under duress = mistakes. But he will learn. The early take I have is that he will be just fine, if we don’t get him killed.
Grabowski has NOBODY to throw the ball to. I don’t think it will be any secret that the Bears will be using several picks in the next draft on WR’s. And our O line is, typically, terrible. Boy do we have running back covered though. Howard and Cohen are a fantastic tandem.
Special teams have been very Un-special, with several gaffes that have cost us points. I assume our special teams coach will be looking for work after this year.
Speaking of people getting fired, barring some miraculous finish, I am going to assume Fox and Friends are dead men walking – well, at least Fox himself. I have a feeling this has all been set up by Pace so he keeps his job (look at our improvement, George, if I just had a real coach blah blah). But what do I know. At 3-5 we are sitting better than I thought we would be at this point and if we finish at 7-9 or 8-8, who knows, they might give everyone another shot.
I believe that although we still have so much work to to, that the overall trend is UP, which is refreshing from past years where we all knew what was going to happen every single game.