Pompei: Observations From Bears-Dolphins

October 15, 2018 - 10:29 am
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(670 The Score) Well, that was one game few people saw coming. I’m going to call it a mulligan with the realization that the Bears are a young team, and no one expected the defense to be dominant for 16 weeks. But if the Bears get shredded next Sunday by Tom Brady and the Patriots, I’m going to call it a trend.

Here are my observations from Chicago's 31-28 overtime loss at Miami on Sunday:

1. For a team that was coming off 13 days off, the Bears looked tired from the opening kick until the last snap.

2. Except Tarik Cohen. Indefatigable. 

3. Cohen’s 21-yard touchdown run said more about coach Matt Nagy’s play design and blocking than it did about Cohen’s running.

4. Fumble or not, I’d throw the ball to Cohen over the middle with the game on the line again any day.

5. Fumble or not, I’d give the ball to Jordan Howard on the goal line again any day.

6. Credit to Adam Gase and Matt Burke for some outstanding game planning against the Bears. 

7. Leave it to Gase to know how to neutralize Khalil Mack.

8. On a day in which Mack was hampered by an ankle injury and a blocking scheme that wasn't going to allow him to get to the quarterback, the Bears needed Leonard Floyd to step up.

9. The vision Nagy had in the offseason for using Taylor Gabriel was spot on. The ability to see a player in a different system and project him into your system is such an underrated and important coaching attribute.

10. Trubisky’s performance against the Buccaneers clearly gave him and Nagy confidence against the Dolphins. Maybe a little too much confidence.

11. Trubisky’s stat line was pretty, but the play everybody will remember most -- the end zone interception -- was ugly.

12. Trubisky had a good understanding of when to get down -- that shouldn't be taken for granted.

13. For the second week in a row, Trubisky and the offense benefited from broken coverages at key times. This time, it was on Anthony Miller’s touchdown catch with 3:17 remaining.  They can’t keep counting on broken coverages by opponents, however.

14. I was OK with the conservative approach in overtime before the Bears’ final field goal attempt.  When you make a kicker the eighth-highest paid kicker in the league, you expect him to be able to hit a 53-yarder in overtime.

15. I thought the Bears should've tried to win the game at the end of regulation, however. They wasted 20 seconds before taking a timeout and then took a knee with 34 seconds remaining. If they had given themselves 54 seconds, they could've put themselves in position for a game-winning field goal attempt.

16. You have to wonder what Robbie Gould would've done with a 53-yard attempt in overtime.

17. Really good teams don’t beat themselves. The Bears beat themselves Sunday.

Dan Pompei has been covering the NFL since 1985 and is a regular contributor to 670 The Score and a host on 670’s Bears pregame show. He also writes for Bleacher Report and The Athletic. You can follow him on Twitter @Dan Pompei.