I have been thinking about the Bears comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons all day. I am thrilled that they pulled off the win to improve to 3-0 on the season. However, I keep wondering to myself if the Bears are actually good or not.
The pessimist in me keeps thinking about how bad the Bears have looked for long stretches of all three games so far. And let’s not sugar coat it, they have played three very bad teams. The combined record of the Bears opponents so far this season, is 1-7. That’s bad. On the other hand, even though the Bears have looked bad, they have found a way to win all of their games. That’s what good teams do. Good teams beat the teams they are supposed to beat. So I am still stumped.
The defense has been underwhelming in my opinion, but in all three games so far, the defense has shown up when they needed stops. Not to mention the defense has been on the field a lot. Like, A LOT, a lot. So, their ineffectiveness is not completely on them.
The offense has looked terrible about 2/3 of the time. The Bears have played about 4 good quarters of offensive football this season, out of 12. In the third quarter of the Falcons game, and an atrocious interception, Matt Nagy made the inevitable switch to Nick Foles. Mitch Trubisky just never looks comfortable in the pocket, even in a clean pocket. Foles seems to have a calmness about him that the Bears offense has been missing for a long time.
So what is my take away? Are the Bears good? I will answer that question with another question; does it matter? I’d rather be the worst 3-0 team than the best 0-3 team. Teams that go 3-0 have a great shot at making the playoffs, and anything can happen in the playoffs.
So, Bears fans, it is time for us to rejoice, and enjoy our time atop the NFC, or at least tied atop the NFC. It is time for us to get behind Nick Foles and fully support him in leading our Bears. Coming into this season, I was absolutely a Mitch-stan, and I still like the guy, but I root for the quarterback of the Chicago Bears. Whether it is Nick Foles, Mitch Trubisky, Jay Cutler, Moses Moreno or Cade McNown, I will always support the Bears quarterback (except Mike Glennon, FUCK Mike Glennon). This is the best start we could have asked for, so let’s put the close games and bad opponents in the rear view mirror. Let’s move on to Indy, and be confident that Nick Foles IS the guy for this team.
You know what, fuck it, I’ve talked myself into it, the Bears ARE good. Let’s beat the Colts at home next week and get to 4-0.