Thumbs up, thumbs down report for December 7th

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Thumbs up: Eddie Goldman

Eddie Goldman was the Bears’ second-round draft pick this year. He was expected to be the future anchor of the Chicago Bears’ offensive line.

Well, the future is now.

Jay Ratliff was supposed to be the starter in the middle of the line. He got suspended, however, and Goldman had to step in at the start of the season. Then Ratliff stepped back in. That was, however, until their bye week, when he went into the Bears’ facility and threatened to kill members of the organization. That got him cut quickly.

That left Goldman the starter without any safety net in Ratliff. He would need to depend on the coaching staff and his ability to learn quickly.

Goldman is showing to be a quick study. As a rookie, he has, of course, had his ups and downs, but he is progressing like you want.

He had an amazing game against the 49ers on Sunday. While he is supposed to be mainly a run stopper on the line, Goldman blew past the San Francisco offensive line and sacked Gabbert twice. He now has 4-and-1/2 sacks for the season.

Goldman was also a big reason the defense held Niners’ running backs to a 2.7 yards per carry average. He was using his size and strength to knock linemen back, and get to the quarterback and the running back.

Eddie Goldman will be a stabilizing force on the Bears defensive line for years to come.

Thumbs down: Robbie Gould

When head coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace took their jobs in Chicago, they knew they had a big rebuild on their hands. They had to fix the defense and the offense. There were a lot of players they had to make big decisions on.

One player they probably did not feel they had to worry about yet was Robbie Gould. Gould has been as good as gold over his career with the Bears.

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When the Bears need him the most, Gould is killing their hopes. On Sunday, he missed TWO crucial field goals that could have sealed a victory. He missed a 40-yard field goal in the third and a 36-yard field goal as time expired. The Bears went into overtime, where they would eventually lose.

The loss for all intents and purposes killed any hope the Bears had for the playoffs. It was not the first time that has happened, either. He missed game winning field goals in two games in 2013 that could have sealed victories for the Bears, and would have sent the Bears to the playoffs without needing to beat the Packers in the last game.

Now we have to see how Gould ends the season. In any case, it is time for the Chicago Bears to start looking for his replacement.

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