Monsters of the Midway: Issue #2


Courtesy of the Chicago Bears

By Ethan Babicz

Over the past couple of months, there have been a plethora of developments for Chicago sports teams such as the Bears and Cubs. The Cubs have finally addressed their managerial dilemma while the Bears have descended down a dark path in their season. Unfortunately, they may not be able to recover from it. Here’s how the teams are looking right now.

For the Cubs, the wait is over. The new manager for the Chicago Cubs is David Ross, former Cubs catcher and three-time World Series champion. 

Many people have criticized this choice because of Ross’s lack of managerial experience compared with the other candidates, specifically Joe Girardi. However, Ross has outstanding chemistry with the players from his time on the team. They look to him for guidance and have a tremendous amount of respect for him, which can go a long way. 

Meanwhile, the Bears have lost their footing in the NFC North division and are now in the worst position since head coach Matt Nagy started.

What was once a promising start of 3-2 has dissolved over the past month with the Bears losing four of their last six games, bringing their record to an abysmal 4-6. 

This gives the Bears little chance of making the playoffs in a stacked NFC. One question reigns supreme in this debacle: who is to blame for this downfall? Ultimately, it can be put on the offense.

To put it bluntly, the production from the Bears offense is nonexistent. They rank 28th in scoring, averaging just 16.9 points per game, and have not utilized rookie running back David Montgomery enough. The three main problems with the offense have been calling plays, Mitchell Trubisky, and the offensive line. 

Most of the plays we have seen over the past five games have left us scratching our heads wondering why they called that play in that situation.

A run up the middle with the speedy and agile Tarik Cohen, the overload of pass plays compared to run plays, and the overwhelming use of lateral plays instead of downfield plays; this atrocious play calling needs to change soon if the Bears want any success on offense.

Courtesy of the Chicago Cubs

Mitchell Trubisky has been demonized by the Chicago fanbase and the NFL viciously this season for his lack of playmaking abilities. Some of this can be attributed to the lack of time Trubisky is given each play and the lack of rollout passes called. 

However, he has continued to miss wide open receivers in critical junctures of the game. This may lead to his departure from the Bears sooner than we had expected, but nothing is certain yet. 

Finally, we have the miserable offensive line ranging from injuries to missed blocking assignments to constant penalties. Part of the reason Trubisky is not able to make the throws he needs to is that he gets no time from his line before defenders are streaking towards him.

Also, any big play that does occur will usually be called back by a holding penalty on the linemen. If the offensive line does not shape up, there will be no chance for offensive efficiency this year.

Overall, the Cubs are in a much better position right now. If the Bears hope to end their season on a positive note leading into next year, Nagy needs to clean up the offense and bring them back to be better than they were in his first season.