Are the Bears tough enough?
Is that a fair question to ask of the players on the Bears defense?
I mean, they lost the line of scrimmage again. Both lines of scrimmage, actually, and in a big way in Philadelphia. That’s where things start.
Maybe it’s just the anger following the Bears’ national humiliation Sunday night, but the defense’s marshmallow performance against the Eagles forces the question. When players look so weak in a moment of such great magnitude, it’s a legit consideration.
It’s hard to quantify, especially amid the immediate and complete 54-11 death spiral in Philadelphia. But the Bears didn’t match the physicality of the Eagles.
The players’ code holds that the worst thing you can say is that a guy isn’t tough, but there seemed to be a lot of soft in the Bears defense.
Maybe that’s just a function of being totally incapable of catching an opponent. The Bears certainly were that. The Bears have been that all season.
They read plays badly. Again. They took the wrong angle. Again. They stunk with technique. Again. They had no shot at delivering a shot, and so, they looked weak and soft.
Physically, they’re inept. Mentally, they’re weak. Emotionally, they were bankrupt Sunday night. They’ve fallen and they can’t get up. The man in charge of coaching them has only made them worse. Pathetic combination.
Even if the soft tag doesn’t apply, the Bears are exceptionally and historically bad at their jobs and inexplicably void at leadership. No one’s in charge and no one’s in front. What a joke.
Speaking of jokes, is Mel Tucker still doing an “amazing’’ job?
In laying down so the Eagles could amass 514 yards, the Bears laughably allowed 289 rushing yards -- more than the Bears offense managed total. The Bears defense got pounded and took it and refused to stand up and stop it. Maybe it’s not toughness, but the general, continuing ineptitude of players, coaches and the general manager.
The Eagles averaged 8 yards per carry. Not one, but two Eagles running backs surpassed 100 yards. That’s a steaming pile of bad, even for the worst rushing defense in the league.
The defensive line was a mess, as usual. Which made the linebackers a mess, as usual. And the safeties were a mess because apparently that’s the rule.
Is this part of Tucker’s “amazing’’ job that Marc Trestman referred to?
What does Tucker do for a living anyway? Does he coach the defensive ends to crash down on every stinking play? Does he emphasize becoming the biggest suckers in the league on misdirection plays? Does he have contract bonuses for players whiffing?
You can’t stink out loud the way Tucker’s defense does and not have Tucker be a part of the reason. Hel-LO.
That’s as pathetic as the Bears run defense.
The Bears lost the line of scrimmage. Again. The Bears couldn’t tackle. Again. The Bears couldn’t fit the run. Again. “Amazing’’ bit of scheming and coaching, let me tell you.
About as amazing as Julius Peppers.
Geez, what a massive waste of money Peppers has devolved into this season. I guess a $14 million cap hit doesn’t go as far as it used to.
Lance Briggs returned from a shoulder injury to help the defense to its most embarrassing performance of the season, which is saying something. Post-game stats credited Briggs with one tackle. Briggs couldn’t catch his breath any better than he could catch LeSean McCoy.
OK, Briggs was never going to be the savior, but he did he have to be Khaseem Greene?
Those are your best players and they couldn’t make plays. They certainly couldn’t on Sunday, and they had an inordinate number of chances.
And the Bears still couldn’t find a safety at a Polamalu family Christmas.
Trestman noted that the Eagles just went through this type of humiliation in Minnesota and bounced back on the Bears’ heads. True fact.
But the Bears don’t get to run against the Bears defense. Now the Packers get to do that. Be afraid, kids. Be very afraid.
The players haven’t learned how to learn. Several players have gotten worse. The defensive coordinator has no answers. There is little reason for hope Sunday, but yet, the Bears could play in January.