Struggling Bears Are Broken, Frustrated

"It's not what we wanted or where we know we should be," Matt Nagy says.

Chris Emma
November 03, 2019 - 5:57 pm

PHILADELPHIA (670 The Score) -- When the Eagles ended the Bears' season at Soldier Field last January, they beat a team that believed it was going to win the Super Bowl.

That was then. This is now. 

The Bears (3-5) lost their fourth straight game Sunday, falling 22-14 to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Chicago remains a last-place team, with its season seeming more lost with each passing week. It's hard to process this all amid a season that began with great expectations.

The Bears carried their championship hopes of a year ago into the new season. What has followed is one of the more disappointing stretches the Bears have endured in their history. All the promise that once existed -- not just for 2019 but for a championship window of several seasons -- has been erased during a four-game losing streak. Coach Matt Nagy has come under fire, 25-year-old quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has been exposed and the entire team swimming in uncertainty.

"It's frustrating for all of us," Nagy said. "It's not what we wanted or where we know we should be."

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The Bears produced their worst offensive performance under Nagy's watch, tallying only 164 yards of offense -- including just nine in a lifeless first half. It was the fewest yards of offense by any team in a first half in the last 40 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Just when Nagy felt his offense took "a big step" a week prior, it fell to a new low.

When the Bears needed their defense to come through late in the fourth quarter, it couldn't get off the field. The Eagles authored a 16-play, 69-yard drive for a Jake Elliott field goal and ate 8:14 off the clock and left only 22 seconds for the Bears as they trailed 22-14. They didn't even get a chance, as tight end Adam Shaheen muffed the kickoff. 

The Eagles converted four consecutive third downs with passing plays on the defining drive while the Bears defense appeared fatigued. That was thanks to the Chicago offense failing to sustain drives earlier in the game. After leading the NFL in takeaways last season, the Bears didn't produce one Sunday.

"It's not what we envisioned for ourselves," cornerback Prince Amukamara said. "We're to blame. We put ourselves in this mess."

Entering the season, the Bears were confident that Trubisky and the offense could take a step forward and that the defense would maintain its place as one of the NFL's best. Instead, their struggles start with Trubisky, who was 10-of-21 for 125 yards Sunday. He has failed to emerge into the player the Bears believed he could be, and the offense has dramatically regressed. That in turn has contributed to the defense's performance declining. 

The Bears are broken at their core and frustrated.

"It's losing," Trubisky said. "It's not playing up to what we know we're capable of. It's making simple mistakes. It's getting out-executed. Getting outplayed when we know we're capable of much more. When we know we have more inside of us. When we know we're talented but still coming up short. 

"It's a lot of the really simple things that we did last year, that we do in practice, that on game day we're coming up short. That's why you have this crappy feeling. That's where the frustration comes. Losing sucks. You can tell we don't like it. That's why it sucks."

Eight games remain for the Bears. The second half of the season once represented hopes of winning a tough NFC North. Now, it looks like the back half of a colossal letdown. 

The Bears likely need to win out to have a chance to repeat as division champions. They would also need to be near-perfect to have a shot at one of the NFC's wild-card spots. Chicago can forget about the Super Bowl hopes it once held.

"We're being challenged right now," Nagy said. "It's not easy. We hate it. It sucks."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.