The Bears lay yet another egg at Lambeau. Eberflus survives for another year. I need a drink.
Every week, I’m serving one Bearbon for the best thing I saw during the week, preferably smooth with a nice finish. One Scotch that burns the back of the throat but doesn’t stop you from loving it. We’ll then raise a beer to a player, play, incident, or whatever else I feel deserves it. Lastly, I’ll leave you with a song from the Jukebox.
There are times when DJ Moore is undoubtedly the best player on the field. He did not dominate on Sunday, but he achieved career highs in yards, TD’s and catches this year. We lift our Bearbon this week to Tyrique Stevenson. There was 29 breaking up a sure Packer TD. He followed it up forcing a fumble by Love later in the game. The play that stood out for me ended the first half. Stevenson ensured the clock would run out by not letting the receiver go forward out of bounds after a catch. He single-handedly kept 10 points off the scoreboard.
I waited to write this until the day the coaching picture cleared up. Today, it was announced that Luke Getsy along with most of the offensive staff would be dismissed. Eberflus is to remain with the Bears.
Getsy had to go but I don’t see why Eberflus stayed. You’ll hear about the improvement the defense made at the end of the year or his relationship with the players. I’ll give you my 2 most damning factors. Eberflus has yet to win a game with expectations. Think back, every time there was something to play for, Cleveland, the two against Green Bay and so on, Flus and his staff laid an egg. Secondly, at Wednesday’s presser he correctly pointed to Getsy’s lack of improvement in play calling and development. I ask, did you only realize this after 17 games? Fans knew it after 3 or 4. Below, Brian Baldinger points out yet another puzzling play design. Taylor is asked to block a premier defensive player in the league. The results are the same as they have been since week 1. Let’s lift our burning scotch in bewilderment.
There are good players on this team. It’s part of the reason the losing is so frustrating. Coaches and analysts always talk about accountability. I smiled when I saw Teven Jenkins hold himself accountable on Monday. He’s one of those players that deserves an ongoing role. Let’s raise a Holy Grail Pale Ale out of his hometown of Topeka, Kansas to his health.
Bears fans now play the waiting game to see who the new coaches are in the very short term and what the Fields decision is in the medium term. We don’t have to do it in sadness though. I leave you with a fun 90’s pop song about waiting for that perfect one.