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Trestman, Bears Embarassed by Patriots

Despite the recent struggles in Chicago, many people would have thought that the Bears would at least been able to compete at Gillette stadium versus the New England Patriots.

Instead they were virtually laughed out of the stadium after surrendering a franchise worst 38 points in the first half, and losing by the score of  51 to 23.

The Bears continued to fail at sustaining drives as their first three possessions yielded just 17 yards on 15 plays and resulted in three punts.

While it may have been disappointing watching their defense tire after spending almost 10 minutes on the field in the first quarter, it appeared to be nothing less than a tragedy to watch them fail to find an answer for Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the game.

Even though one occurred on a Hail Mary throw, the Bears could not avoid the seemingly reliable two turnovers from quarterback Jay Cutler.

Coming into this game, Mel Tucker’s defense has struggled but had been trending toward average among the league ranks against the run and the pass. However, all their struggles become exacerbated when the offense can’t score or at least drain the clock before sending the defense back out to the field.

Given there was penalty yardage that the offense had to overcome, running the ball more still could have gone a long way towards wearing down the Patriots defense instead of their own.

Including the touchdown drive, the average Bears drive in the first half lasted about 1 minute and 37 seconds.

With the exception of a a single play drive that consisted of a nine yard touchdown pass, the average Patriots possession in the first half lasted about 4 minutes and 6 seconds.

Matt Forte had a great day on the ground,  but when the Bears were still competitive, he played a limited role as a rusher due to head coach Marc Trestman’s affinity for dialing up pass plays.

About a year and a half into the Trestman era in Chicago, we may see an ugly end on the horizon.

In addition to the questionable performances by his defensive and special teams staff, Trestman and his offensive staff have been a colossal disappointment in 2014. Any head coach with a secure job has something that their team is great at, something great that their team does well that is attributed to them, and this year Trestman does not.

 

 

 

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