by Omar Ureña (Gráfico Sports)
Connor Shawn (#8) (ChicagoBears.com)
The success of a team rests on its foundation and the architecture of the Chicago Bears is not built on anything solid.
The offense’s lack of execution and rhythm in preseason makes the Bears look like wrecked houses…dry, hostile and fractured. It seems the only way to build to withstand will come if the Chicago defense steps up and shows some pride. Despite being on the field for 20 minutes in the first half, the Bears defense looked decent, tackling with fury, like bulldozers breaking concrete in the West Loop, led by the tackling of Jerrell Freeman (#50) and Willie Young (#97). Chicago held Kansas City without a TD for the first three quarters, showing their dominance. They were versatile and unpredictable when Akiem Hicks (96) was chasing and bringing down Chiefs.
Alex Smith threw 20 for 30 for 131 yards, with no TDs. The swagger of the Bears young secondary pounded the Kansas City receivers, and their ability to react and tackle was impressive. When the Chiefs finally broke the goal line in the third quarter, it was a run by Darrin Reaves (#24).
The foundation crumbled right with the offensive line. The Bears lost Hroniss Grasu (#55) in training camp with a broken leg, and then Kyle Long (#75) could not play due a shoulder injury. If this offense relies on an exotic passing game, without the proper structure, the facade of the new system under Dowell Loggains could bring this team to ruins.
Chicago’s best moment came when Rob Housler (88) catches a pass from Brian Hoyer (#2) in the middle for 17 yards in the 4th quarter. Hoyer left the field with an injury but the momentum kept increasing, and the prairie style passing game was precise, giving Connor Shawn (#8) the chance to build an exciting drive, which ended in a 16 yard touchdown pass to Cameron Meredith (#81).
Later on, as if we were at the Lyric Opera House, tragedy struck when Shawn’s leg was broken on a tackle by DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches. He might be out for the season. So there’s Jay Cutler who threw 6 for 15 for 45 yards and there’s Brian Hoyer (8 for 17 for 71 yards). That future looks catastrophic.
The Bears failed by not drafting Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. The former Bulldog passed for 9,376 yards and 70 touchdowns, he could have been the perfect architect for the Bears offense but now he is the starter for the Dallas Cowboys. These are the type of decisions that transform a city of big shoulders into a second city with a football team that looks like a tall, glass skyscraper that is about to be demolished and whipped by the NFC North this season.
Kansas City 23 Chicago 7 (F)