What in the name of Billy Wade..Bobby Douglass…Rudy Bukich was that?
It brought back bad memories of Mike Tomczak…Jim Harbaugh..and Mike Phipps.
Oh the coaching. Matt Nagy’s play calling revisited bad times with Abe Gibron and others.
From the heavens or the graves, George Halas, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers must have been screaming.
They booed, those DaBears fans dressed like Mike Ditka, from start to finish. The old Ball coach was probably screeching too.
The Chargers didn’t so much beat the Bears (17-16) as the Bears beat themselves (17-16). Blown field goals, turnovers, missed open wide receivers with TD passes, fumbles. sacks and horrid play calls by the head coach, a supposed ‘next Sean McVay’ clone.
This type of game in the NFL era of wide open offenses, sets the game back decades.
Philip Rivers threw for (219Y). His defense had 2-takeaways on bonehead plays by Bears QB-Mitch Trubisky, and recorded 4-sacks.
In between all that, the Bears self destructed, with horrible play calls at the end of each half, missed field goals from likely to unemployed kicker Eddie Piniero, and fruitless trips into the red-zone time and time again.
For the record, the Bears got the ball to the Chargers 1, 4, 7, 14 and 21 during the game. They made 3-field goals, missed 2-field goals, and left a lot of points on the field.
The Chargers weren’t much better, even though they won. They had 1-first down over a span of 27-minutes, covering 18-plays. Chicago had the ball 23-minutes in the first half, had a (289-119) yardage advantage at one point in the game, but screwed it all up.
Oh the Bolts mishaps were almost equal. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams dropped open TD passes. Allen and Williams combined to drop 4-passes. Allen tripped on the grass 3-different times running routes. Hunter Henry, the quality tight end, dropped a pass and took a pass interference penalty. Despite a TD run from Melvin Gordon, the run game staggered for a third week in a row, this time netting 12-carries-36-yards rushing. There was another Chase McLaughlin missed field goal, though this time not fatal. There were personal foul penalties, blown coverages, more bad tackling.
Thank goodness for Joey Bosa-Melvin Ingram. Bosa had 2-sacks, 2-tackles for loss and a QB pressure. Ingram recorded a fumble recovery and a key QB pressure. Casey Hayward had a gift pick plus 2-deflections. Thomas Davis had 3-tackles for losses.
Trubisky has really regressed this year. He looks scared in the pocket. Late on throws. Unsure of what he is seeing on defense. He missed open receivers twice in the end zone. He threw short to open receivers on crossing patterns. He took 4-sacks on top of all that other stuff called by his coach.
Nagy, the boy wonder coach, made some horrid play calls, running the ball deep in Chargers territory on 3rd and long plays, burning lots of time off the clock on some calls. You get to the red zone and you don’t connect at all on a TD….0-for-5 trips. And post game he was defiant in the face of media questions..’zero chance I run it..zero chance I throw it on final play before field goal…bad things could happen.’ Andy they did. His erratic kicker missed when that one extra snap could have gotten him closer. Woeful.
So the Chargers come home with a win, an ugly win maybe they don’t deserve, and are at (3-5), with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers coming in for a home game in LA next. Think there will be some Green & Gold in the stands on Sunday?
Back at Soldier Field, if I were Chicago, I’d boo too, and just think, winter is coming to the Windy City too.
Da Bears….Bad News Bears football for sure.