Coach Trestman has a better handle on this team than you, me, the media or the fans.
The Bears lost, and while its a bitter pill to swallow, so did a number of other good teams in the NFL, SEA being one along with the 49'ers. I am puzzled by the media's total lack of understanding of the game and the teams we face each week. Who said Miami was a bad football team? Actually if you look at them, we could have easily seen that the Bears O was going to be in for a tough one.
Miami beat the Pats, came seconds to beating a hot Packers team. The Dolphins have one of the better all around defenses in the league. Our offense is and has been struggling, so yes while they lit up a weak Falcons D, there should have been no illusions that the Bears might be in for a long day. I have written often enough about while the Bears are improving, they at best an average team. A 8-8 team. I don't care about the supposed high powered offense we have, look at two others teams with high octane offenses, Atlanta and New Orleans (combined 4-9), that have likewise derailed.
You can have all the talent in the world, but if there is inconsistent play, none of it matters. Dropped passes, senseless penalties, fumbles/INT, poor communication and to a degree poor game management (coaches and QB) leads to failure, especially to a better than average defensive team. Then you add in a still weak defense, yes it has improved but still a liability, each game becomes tenuous.
You can have great coaches, wonderful game plans but until the execution is seamless, we are going to get games like this. The problem is, the Bears still have so many holes, that seamless execution is like a mirage, you think you see it, and even believe you taste it but in the end, it is just that, a mirage.
For me, the Miami game is a true reflection of the bigger issues at hand, here they are ...
Defense: The Dline is much improved, and that is where Emery spent the money. So that is a good thing. Linebackers are just bad (Williams, McClellin, Briggs and Greene) and will kill us every Sunday. The Dbacks are inconsistent, Jennings is not that good and honestly never really was. Fuller is the future but now he is out for a time with a broken hand and hip pointer. While the coaching staff has done a great job with the limited talent it has, don't expect wondrous things.
Special Teams: Far too much was made about the ST unit. Yes, they got off to a shaky start, but Joe D seems to have gotten them into a groove. Williams had two nice KR's, 25 and 50 yards, O'Donnell creamed his punts and the coverage units are finding some consistency. Funny how the media has gone quiet on this!
This lead us back to the offense. I am not going to belabor my earlier point, or things I have written in the past how intricate things are with offensive football. If it was based on talent, and good offensive coaches, then the Bears (along with ATL and NO) would be undefeated. There is no point getting into the woulda, shoulda or coulda's it doesn't change the fact that the Bears offense is not clicking right now. I will say this, having played offense in college, there is a certain flow, rhythm that has to occur regardless of the talent. If you don't have it, or things are a shade off, having the best players, finest offensive minds , the best game plan will mean little.
Can things change? Yes and no. I think we are in for a roller coaster ride this season, and not unexpected. Maybe the outburst in the locker room was good, some would say long overdue, that might bring the O together and get things sorted out. The media and fans want blood at the expense of the coaches and that is a joke in its own right. One of those be careful for what you wish for things.
Like I have said before, you have to wait till the season ends to truly measure where we are and where we are headed. Living game to game is a fools paradise or hell as the case is right now.