Thursday, January 21, 2021

4 and 1 start. You can’t please everyone.

The second quarter of this unusual season is underway and the Chicago Bears – from a record standpoint – are flying high, and really that’s what matters.

After a hard-fought slugfest against Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bears have moved to 4 and 1 on the season, the first time since 2012.

Speaking of Tom Brady, what is going on there?

The Bears are 4 and 1 after downing the Bucs on Thursday night
The Bears are 4 and 1 after downing the Bucs on Thursday night

Still, regardless of the best start to the season in 8 years many Bears fans are still unhappy.

4 and 1 is a great start to the season

What I would stress here is patience. Patience that this offence can use the 10 day “mini-bye” to get more in tune with each other, to iron out the mistakes and have a plan moving forward. The next game against the Carolina Panthers will be one of the most crucial of the season. We will see just how effective this offence can be with time to prepare and gel.

With Mitch starting the season, and a shorter than usual offseason schedule, Nick Foles has not been given enough time to practice with the number 1’s or build up relationships with his fellow offensive team members.

When Foles came into the line-up in the 2nd half of the Falcons game he made an immediate impact, but there were still a lot of errors and missed opportunities. In his first start against the Colts the standard of the defensive opposition increased dramatically and with only a week of practice we shouldn’t have expected miracles.

The game against the Panthers in 8 days time should begin to really demonstrate what a functioning Matt Nagy offence can produce. Of course, it will still be some weeks before they are into a real rhythm. Thankfully, they have a top defence to fall back on and keep them in games while the offence works it all out.

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