Bears hit rock bottom in unacceptable home loss to Jacksonville
There is never, ever an excuse to lose at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sure, the Chicago Bears have problems at home under John Fox (2-9), but Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley is 5-21 on the road.
The Bears' 17-16 collapse on Sunday is the low point of the Fox era. The Bears have regressed in Year 2 under Fox. cheap NFL jerseys
There is no growth right now that anyone in the organization can identify for next year.
Somehow, the Bears (1-5) blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead -- spoiling a respectable effort by the defense, which made a couple of game-changing plays, courtesy of cornerback Tracy Porter (end zone interception) and linebacker Willie Young (sack, forced fumble). cheap NFL jerseys
Offensively, quarterback Brian Hoyer continues to run the offense in an efficient, turnover-free manner -- making it a possibility that he starts Thursday at Lambeau Field -- but 16 points is not nearly enough.
The Bears have to figure out a way to score.
A good place to start is Alshon Jeffery, who in the first half reminded everyone why he is the Bears’ second-highest paid player in 2016. cheap NFL jerseys
Jeffery averaged only six targets over the three-week stretch prior to Sunday, but Hoyer got him going early.
Unlike in past games, Jeffery faced a lot more single coverage from the Jaguars, who tried to neutralize him with fifth overall pick Jalen Ramsey.
Jeffery had little trouble against the highly touted rookie, catching six passes for 90 yards on seven targets before halftime. Jeffery only had one reception in the second half, but the Bears went to him a couple of times. cheap NFL jerseys
Throughout the week, the Bears publicly downplayed any storyline that questioned Jeffery’s usage. But Jeffery looked incredibly frustrated in Chicago’s Week 5 loss in Indianapolis, which ended in him throwing up his arms in anger and slamming his helmet on the bench after Hoyer missed Jeffery on the final play of the game.
Look, Jeffery makes $14.599 million. He should be upset. The Bears will not beat good teams without Jeffery playing a large role.
But the Bears are in big trouble. Their next two opponents: Green Bay and Minnesota.
Barring an unforeseen turn of events, the Bears will be 1-7 at the bye week. cheap NFL jerseys
Forget about finishing 7-9, at this rate, the Bears may own the No. 1 pick in next spring's draft.