The Chicago Bears need to make some adjustments to become a good team.
4. Roschon Johnson continues his ascent
I’ve been aboard the Roschon Johnson RB1 hype train since the beginning, so don’t expect me to slow it down now after another impressive performance in Week 2.
As it’s been consistently noted, the Bears offense has a lot to work on. Perhaps the most discouraging development thus far has been the disappearance of last season’s top-ranked rushing attack.
Despite this poor development, Roschon Johnson has found ways to stand out and did so again in Week 2. He took a second-quarter toss from Justin Fields, found a crease inside the left tackle, and took off for a 29-yard gain that set up a game-tying field goal.
It’s clear that the coaching staff has bigger plans for Roschon Johnson, as it was reported prior to Sunday’s game that he was expected to handle a bigger workload. This is great news to this Bears fan, as it seems to me that the Chicago Bears need as much physicality as they can muster.
Johnson is one of the few Bears capable of punching defenses in the mouth and he needs to be utilized early and often.
5. The disappointing start brings into question every move Ryan Poles has made as GM
Ryan Poles has enjoyed fan adulation unlike any Chicago Bears General Manager in my life thus far in his tenure but Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should signal alarm throughout every level of the organization.
Although I do truly wish the best for Nate Davis as he navigates this difficult time, it’s impossible to not have a questioning eye on that acquisition as it has yielded zero results for the Chicago Bears offensive line.
Furthermore, Wright continues to struggle as noted earlier while Jalen Carter continues to show massive potential for the Philadelphia Eagles defensive line.
While I felt that the Eagles were a better landing spot for someone like Carter, it’s difficult to reconcile that with yourself when he’s making plays and the Bears’ defensive line is in shambles.
Other acquisitions like DeMarcus Walker, Andrew Billings, T.J. Edwards, and Tremaine Edmunds have yet to show why they were worthy of the hype they received upon signing on the dotted line.
The linebackers, in particular, stand out as many questioned paying them after such a public showdown with Roquan Smith.
Before the season, I would’ve understood how Poles felt and why he made those decisions but those decisions have to bear fruit in the League if you wish to stick around. Unfortunately for Ryan Poles and Bears faithful all over the world, nothing has looked good. In fact, it somehow feels worse than ever before.
Ryan Poles, Matt Eberflus, and Luke Getsy should not be let off the hook for Sunday’s letdown against the Buccaneers. The City of Chicago deserves better than what we’ve been forced to consume through two weeks of the 2023-24 NFL season.
With the Kansas City Chiefs looming, there truly is no rest for the weary. Only the results will matter.