The Chicago Bears face off against former defensive coordinator turned Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. This is a battle of the winless foes.
The Chicago Bears vs Broncos will be watched closely throughout this season since Matt Nagy and Fangio were once roaming the sidelines together. Last season, this coaching staff caught lightning in a bottle leading to a surprising 12-4 record, an NFC North Championship, and a playoff berth. Now, they start this season without each other while combining for an 0-2 record. This week, Nagy and Fangio try to outdo one another in their first matchup as rivals.
#DaBears still got ❤️ for Vic Fangio... and the feeling is mutual.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 12, 2019
Each coach finds himself picking up the pieces after a slow start to the 2019 season. Nagy and Co. managed only 3-points against a revamped Green Bay defense in a 10-3 matinee loss. All eyes were on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky following the defeat. He enters year three of his career and the second season within Nagy's offense. This is supposed to be his year to shine but he looked rusty on opening night.
Nagy and Trubisky look to bounce back against Fangio's squad that lost to a rebuilding Raiders Organization. The Broncos defense, which is Fangio's calling card, lacks the star power he once had in Chicago. It showed. Oakland's Josh Jacob's sliced his way to 113 yards from scrimmage. Imagine what the three-headed monster of Tarik Cohen, Mike Davis, and rookie David Montgomery can do against a week interior defensive line. Oh wait, Nagy abandoned the run in the third quarter against the Packers.
This game provides Chicago the perfect opportunity to redeem itself after a mind-boggling performance national pundits are still perplexing over. Although it is too early to panic, Chicago must self-reflect on who they are on the offensive side of the ball. This is the perfect time to get things right against their former DC who leads a struggling franchise yet to get over the proverbial hump. Nagy will be the key to calling a more balanced attack if he wants to save face against his former assistant.
What Do We Know
Chicago's defensive unit is just as special as last season. They bring the pain every play. This is the first time in a long time fan's have witnessed few if any weaknesses on that side of the ball. Need I say something as forbidden as, "This is the closest thing we have seen since the '85 Bears since none other than the '85 Bears?" This unit produced 5 sacks against Aaron Rodgers while holding the Packers to 10 points. This type of abuse usually produces a win or a court case but the Bears offensive unit managed to drop the ball.
Denver's pedestrian offense doesn't have a chance against Khalil Mack and his band of All-Pro henchmen. If Chicago can find just a little touch of balance in its play-calling this should be a no brainer. It is time to take advantage of Trubisky's skills as a runner mixing it up with a dose of play-action and rollouts that gives him the opportunity to keep the defense guessing. Then, let Montgomery do what he did best at Iowa State, "Shake and bake!"
Ain’t no mountain high enough.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 11, 2019
This formula is not only designed to help the Bears right the ship but also allows Ryan Pace, the Organization, and its fanbase to sleep well this Sunday night.
Bears win 24-13 on the road.
Until then, stay thirsty and BEAR DOWN! JT out.