The Bears are going into the bye week on a slightly depressing note. The offense continues to struggle while it seems more and more likely John Fox and Dowell Loggains have no idea how to develop a rookie.The clock may be ticking for Coach Fox and if you’re Dowell Loggains, the clock has already stopped. Loggains may have deserved one more year but the problem really consisted in 2016, when the Loggains ran offense wasn’t able to get over 20 points in 11 appearances. Loggains had the benefit of the doubt with the quarterback carousel (Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley) but even still the offense was only able to get over 20 in five games and never got over 30 once. Fox has had 3 years to make something happen and even though the defense is sharp the offense has been lacking since Gase left. So what’s next for the Bears? And if it’s a new coach could it be Josh McDaniels?
Josh McDaniels with Broncos
I know, McDaniels has already had his shot at being a head coach but if you look at the scenario, it wasn’t very bright. In McDaniels’ first year he lost Cutler and lost the locker room quickly after. McDaniels also came in after the Broncos fired player favorite Mike Shanahan. He also never really had anyone to develop other than Kyle Orton. McDaniels’ problems didn’t end there, After the 2009 season Brandon Marshall was the next to go. McDaniels wasn’t given the benefit of the doubt and was fired during his 2nd season.
The Tom Brady Stats Stacker
McDaniels has been great as the offensive coordinator in New England, but has also had one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game in Tom Brady. In 2007 the Patriots broke and NFL record for touchdowns with 75 (67 on offense) and although the case for Tom Brady is completely valid other things have to be considered.
Jimmy Garoppolo’s Play
Filling in for a suspended Tom Brady, Garoppolo played great, posting a 68.3 completion percentage while also having an 86.0 QBR and 113.3 passer rating. He did that with McDaniels calling the shots. Garoppolo is a prime example as to why the Bears should at least consider Josh McDaniels.
McDaniels and Trubisky
McDaniels has had the opportunity to coach and be around one of the best quarterbacks in the league. This would help McDaniels get the best out of Trubisky. McDaniels has also been around Bill Belichick and has aged since his days in Denver. If McDaniels chooses to leave New England, the Bears need to at least make the call.
If McDaniels joins the Bears, he’ll be starting from scratch, but it’ll be with a quarterback who has a bright future and, barring any drastic changes, an above average defense. If McDaniels can bring in a great defensive coordinator and a competent special teams coordinator the Bears will be fine.
Whatever happens Bears fans are fed up with bad records and slow starts. We want a winner and Josh McDaniels has been around two. If anything is for sure it’s John Fox’s inability to evaluate and develop anything other than defense. The fans have had enough, we deserve better Ryan Pace.