Pompei: Observations From Bears-Seahawks

September 18, 2018 - 9:45 am
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(670 The Score) General manager Ryan Pace’s two most important draft picks, Mitchell Trubisky and Leonard Floyd, haven’t been carrying the Bears so far. But Pace’s other draft picks, his free-agent signings and his trade acquisitions have been so good that it doesn’t matter. After the Bears’ 24-17 victory over the Seahawks, it’s starting to look like Pace has put together a really nice roster.

My thoughts:

1. The fact that the Bears have scored touchdowns on both opening drives this season tells us a lot about coach Matt Nagy’s preparation.

2. Nagy challenges defenses mentally. He has the players to challenge defenses physically. That’s a good combination.

3. The Bears offense has the potential to improve as the season goes on. It has many ways to attack defenses, and it has a coach who can take advantage of those many ways.

4. Tarik Cohen is becoming as dangerous as a decoy as a ball-carrier.

5. If he gets a little help, Cohen is going to break some punt returns this season.

6. Allen Robinson looked like a No. 1 receiver Monday. He had 10 catches for 83 yards.

7. If I didn’t know better, I’d be concerned that the Bears’ most effective rushers were Taylor Gabriel and Trubisky.

8. Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark was spot on in his assessment of Trubisky. "He was OK," he said, according to Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly. "Nothing special. I feel like he was OK. (He’s an) average quarterback." He added Trubisky gets happy feet when pressured. It’s where Trubisky is at this point. But it doesn’t mean he’s going to be here forever. In fact, I have little doubt he’s going to improve. He’ll be a different quarterback the next time Clark plays him. How much different remains to be seen.

9. Trubisky isn’t going to need to play like a hero for the Bears to win their share of games this year.

10. Trubisky should be happy he doesn’t have to play behind Russell Wilson’s offensive line.

11. The Bears defensive front has to be one of the most powerful in the league. They consistently move the line of scrimmage.

12. The Bears defense is good. Really good. But maybe not quite as good as it looked Monday against an offense that was undermanned and out of sync, but good nonetheless.

13. The promising thing about the Bears defense is so many are making significant contributions. It’s wasn’t just Khalil Mack. It was Prince Amukamara, Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Eddie Goldman, Eddie Jackson, Aaron Lynch and others.

14. With Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Mike Brown, Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye in attendance, people were talking about the 2006 Bears defense. But the group on the field was playing more like the 1985 defense with the way it was getting after the quarterback.

15. Still SMH about ESPN not showing the Brian Urlacher Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony at halftime. Most of the fans in attendance stayed in their seats to watch. Bears players talked about it as a point of motivation afterward. It was at the top of the lead story in the Chicago Tribune sports section. How ESPN could act as if it wasn’t happening was inconceivable.

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.