Chicago Bears: 4 offensive takeaways from second preseason game

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Too much overreaction

Everybody do this with me. Take a deep breath. Take another one.

Now, allow me to settle you down if you were one of the fans overreacting to a meaningless football game Thursday night.

Let’s take a step back and remember quite a few things going against the Bears early in the preseason:

  • This was the first-team offense’s very first time on the field in a brand new offensive scheme.
  • The starting offense was without their top two wide receivers in Robinson and Gabriel.
  • The starting offense was without their top two running backs in Howard and Cohen, and were also without third-string running back Benny Cunningham.
  • The offense has new faces at their top three wideouts, starting tight end (Trey Burton) and likely one offensive lineman (Daniels).
  • This team is under a fresh head coaching change and several coaching changes beneath Nagy.
  • The starting defense was without cornerback Prince Amukamara, outside linebacker Aaron Lynch and inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith.

The Bears have so much working against them this preseason and were very fortunate to have the Hall of Fame Game as a fifth exhibition. With the new playbook and so many new coaches and players, fans cannot expect perfection initially.

The Bears are doing exactly what they should be doing over these first two games. Keep the star players off the field. Get your starting quarterback off the field before he can establish a rhythm — I know, that sounds odd.

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Nagy is doing exactly what he should be doing through two games. Now, as we approach the third preseason game, one can expect more reps from Trubisky and some action out of most of the starters. If, by Week 1 this team comes out looking shaky and lacking confidence, then we can all be a bit worried. But for now, keep a level head and keep breathing.