As hopeful or encouraged or positive as you may have felt after last week’s last-second loss to the NFC defending champs, you’ve gotta leave this game feeling as far from that as possible.
I always want to maintain proper perspective about what this season very likely will be for the Bears (getting the pieces in place for 2018 and beyond), but I also am an optimist by nature, and I was hoping we’d see some surprisingly competitive games like last week.
Today, however, we got the full display of what can go wrong for this year’s Bears team: Mike Glennon was inaccurate even when completing short passes and coughed the ball up three times, a buncha guys had the dropsies, the running game was completely stifled without the real threat of a deep game, and the defense was put in terrible position after terrible position. Tarik Cohen completely gaffed on a punt, yielding points for the Bucs. Also, the Bears suffered multiple injuries at spots where they’re already banged up, they couldn’t get off the field on third down thanks to defensive penalties, and the Bears were completely dominated from end to end. Yes, Glennon notched a garbage time touchdown, but it did little but offer looming justifications for a certain quarterback transition that won’t be happening yet.
It doesn’t help that his pass-catching options are extremely limited at this point, but still, it’s going to be impossible for the Bears to consistently move the ball without being able to at least SUGGEST they can pass longer than 10 yards.
The game was, without qualification, an utter disaster.