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All eyes on Ryan Pace during Bears’ fall from grace

Chicago Bears are still struggling as all eyes shift to Ryan Pace. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Matt Horner
Staff Writer

To live or to die in L.A.? That was the question we all had for the Bears going into Sunday’s pivotal night contest against the struggling Rams. Alas, we should all be so gullible as to believe that this football team, in its current pragmatic state, would have any shot at a playoff berth.

The Bears slow death sentence was mired in more communication failures and horrid play calling, but this game was more than the usual suspects. Every aspect of the team failed to deliver in what was the most important game of the year for Matt Nagy’s team.

Nobody seems to have any essence of an idea what is going on with the Bears, and the worst part of it is that they don’t seem to have any idea either. General Manager Ryan Pace continues to hide behind closed doors, not speaking with the media or giving the fan base any sort of explanation on why his team has spiraled so far downward since last year.

With the Bears’ crushing 17-7 defeat at the hands of Sean McVay’s much maligned Los Angeles Rams, came the end of their certifiably depressing 2019 season. The loss wiped any hope that fans had in their hearts for a playoff birth into the storm basin, and adds even more questions to a season that is full of them.

We do not know how they got here or what their plan is to fix it, but the benching of Mitchell Trubisky with only three minutes left in the fourth quarter tells us that this chapter in Bears history is coming to a resounding close.

After the game, the Bears PR department released a statement saying Trubisky had a hip injury that they thought warranted the benching in favor of a mediocre Chase Daniel.

Despite this, everyone saw Nagy was visibly upset about his offense’s last three-and-out and the clear heart-to-heart conversation he had with his quarterback in which he used his play card to hide their talk.

Now we are to believe that this was all just part of the injury process and that he was in too much pain to resume playing, despite not receiving sideline treatment or going into the medical tent one time throughout the night.

It’s painfully obvious to all that the Bears are making every excuse in the book to mask the deficiency they have at quarterback. There is more to this whole fiasco than what they are leading on, much more.

Nagy has always been the guy at the podium that has had to address all the problems on his football team, from the regression of his once promising quarterback to the absolutely indefensible kicking crisis that seems to resolve and mediate, carving a nice and neat way for him to escape the media asking questions about his bizarre play-calling.

In some ways, one could feel bad for Nagy. The media shouldn’t have to be asking him questions about his awful quarterback or wildly inconsistent kicker. Both should be directed at the man who traded up to draft Trubisky and screwed up the kicking situation from the get-go.

Not a single reporter has been able to talk to general manager Ryan Pace during an NFL season. He fills the role of being a representative for the angry fan that holds his or her team to the highest expectation, and who at one point thought that this season would finally be the one they’d been dreaming about for years.

When the going gets tough, Pace hides from any sort of scrutiny from the fans, media and pretty much anyone outside of the Bears organization. In the extremely rare occasions he does speak, the team masks his obvious media relations

weaknesses. Where other general managers make themselves publicly available during disappointing seasons and hard times, being honest and open with fans and media and speaking with a purpose for as much time as needed to get a point across, Pace hides like a dog scared of the ensuing thunderstorm approaching his crumbling house.

The more he continues to be afraid, the more questions begin filling the minds of angry fans. Why do they keep getting the kicker position so wrong? Why is Khalil Mack now such a non-factor in games? There are so many more questions that fans can come up with, one being just as valid as the next.

Putting aside the weird prerogative to bench him on Sunday, we have to ask the question as to whether the Trubisky era is still salvageable. Will the Bears pick up his fifth-year option? All signs point to no at this juncture. The Bears will most likely bring in quarterback competition next season, or possibly sooner after Colin Kaepernick’s workout.

The Bears lost in a game that the Rams were trying to give them. If they had won, they would have fooled all of us into thinking that they were team capable of resurrecting their season and making them feel vindicated.

Now it is clear and obvious that they are just a shell of their former selves, and we deserve to hear from the person in charge on what he plans to do about it.