From the players to the coaching staff to the front office, the Chicago Bears franchise feels upset and embarrassed over the underperformance of the 2019 season. Everyone is looking for atonement in 2020.
The 2019 season was not kind to the Chicago Bears. The offense struggled throughout the season and the defense suffered injuries to its key players. There were some bright spots, like Allen Robinson‘s performance, but it was astounding that the team even reached eight wins.
The underwhelming season in 2019 caused some people to fear for their jobs. Heads will roll if the Bears have another disappointing season.
The most notable person whose job is on the line is general manager Ryan Pace. He’s been in Chicago for five seasons and has just one winning season to his name. He needs to show that the successful campaign of 2018 is the norm and not the exception. For that reason, he brought in quarterback Nick Foles to push starter Mitchell Trubisky and possibly take his job. If Pace wants to keep his job, he needs to push aside his feelings for Trubisky. He did just that by bringing in Foles.
The way the Bears fell from the high of 2018 to the low of 2019 was astounding. Sure, injuries played a part in the downfall, but there were plenty of players who just didn’t match their play of 2019 to what they accomplished in 2018. For example, offensive lineman Charles Leno Jr. wasn’t the same player. Additionally, neither Trubisky nor running back Tarik Cohen was the same players they were in 2018.
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To a man, the Chicago Bears franchise feels embarrassed and upset over what happened in 2019. We keep hearing the words “pissed off” coming from many people at Halas Hall. This is what Pace says about the team:
The one hard part about not being together right now is that our team is in a good state of mind. Everybody’s a little pissed off. Everybody has a chip on their shoulder.
In addition, Trubisky said he was “pissed off” about the Foles trade but said he understood that he needed to play better.
YOU DEFINITELY FEEL THE ANGER AND THE SENSE OF SOME UNFINISHED BUSINESS. BUT I GUESS THE BEST WAY TO SUM UP OUR VIRTUAL OFFSEASON WOULD BE MOTIVATED. WE KNOW HOW MUCH WE LEFT OUT THERE.
Nagy feels mad and also wants others to challenge him
Also, head coach Matt Nagy talked about having new coaches in like Bill Lazor (offensive coordinator), John DeFilippo (quarterbacks coach), Clancy Barone (tight ends coach), and Juan Castillo (offensive line coach) to challenge him and not just be “yes” men.
I’d get pissed off and say, ‘No, put on 2018 and show them how that same play worked. Then those coaches see that same play and say, ‘Well, 2018, that played looked pretty good…’ Why? Why from 2018 to 2019 did that happen? I will always start with myself in all of this…
This attitude is good for the team. There were high hopes for the Chicago Bears entering the 2019 season. However, the struggling offense dashed those hopes early. The offense struggled to score right from Week 1 with a 10-3 loss in which Trubisky threw an interception in the end zone late in the game. The offensive line went on to struggle with penalties which continued throughout the season. Throw in injuries and the 2019 season was an ugly one.
Now, if given the chance, the Bears want to make up for 2019. Just like Nagy had the players remember the feeling they had over the “double-doink” debacle from the 2018 season, he wants them to remember the bad taste in their mouths that 2019 left.