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Bears offensive grades: Serious coaching, personnel questions loom after loss to Raiders

Bears offensive grades: Serious coaching, personnel questions loom after loss to Raiders

QUARTERBACKS: C+

Chase Daniel made a number of outstanding throws in leading the Bears’ back from the 17-0 deficit they faced at halftime, but he threw two interceptions and had another nullified by a roughing the passer penalty. He wasn’t on the same page with wideout Anthony Miller when he threw his loss-sealing interception — this after getting the Bears into Raiders’ territory inside the two-minute warning. Coach Matt Nagy said Monday Miller shouldn’t have flattened off his route, but Daniel took accountability for the mistake after the game, saying he should’ve checked down on the play. 

Mitch Trubisky could very well be back after the off week, and the Bears need him to take some of the good things Daniel did — finding rhythm in the offense, hitting some downfield throws — and build upon them. Because it’s worth noting here the two interceptions Daniel threw Sunday represented as many as Trubisky has had in three-plus games in 2019. 

RUNNING BACKS: D+

David Montgomery can only do so much when the scheme and blocking aren’t doing him any favors, but we’re now five games into his rookie year and he’s averaging fewer yards per carry (3.3) than Jordan Howard did last year (3.7). He made an excellent catch for a first down on the Bears’ first drive, bodying up cornerback Gareon Conley at the sticks, and his contact balance and elusiveness are noticeable. The production, however, is not. 

Mike Davis was invisible and Tarik Cohen wasn’t able to generate anything explosive, either on the ground or through the air. Cohen, too, went out of bounds late in the second quarter, which forced the Bears into punting the ball back to the Raiders — a punt which was nearly blocked. 

WIDE RECEIVERS: B

Allen Robinson was outstanding, making two spectacular catches — one for a touchdown and one for a first down — on his way to snagging seven of eight targets for 97 yards with two scores. Miller made his first big play of 2019, reeling in a physical 32-yard heave from Daniel that set up one of Robinson’s touchdowns. 

But Miller also dropped a pass that meant the Bears went three and out on their first drive of the second half, and the two successive penalties he committed (unsportsmanlike conduct and offside on a kickoff) helped give the Raiders excellent field position to start their ensuing drive. 

This group could probably use Taylor Gabriel back from the concussion he suffered in Week 3, though. Javon Wims was targeted just once, and Cordarrelle Patterson was on the field for just two offensive snaps. 

TIGHT ENDS: D-

This unit has not done much, collectively, as run blockers or receivers this year, with Sunday being no different. Adam Shaheen played just 12 snaps — only three more than waiver wire pickup J.P. Holtz — signaling a lack of trust from the coaching staff in their 2017 second-round pick. Ideally, the Bears could have Shaheen on the field to run the ball more with an in-line tight end, either in 11 or 12 personnel. 

Holtz actually did a few decent things in his limited time, and turned his first career reception into a 16-yard gain. 

And Burton still doesn’t look quite right. He had a good catch on third-and-nine to convert a third down midway through the third quarter, but otherwise caught three of four targets for 16 yards. He has 11 catches for 57 yards this year — an average of 5.2 yards per reception, a little less than half his average in 2018. 

OFFENSIVE LINE: D-

While Daniel was sacked four times, only two of those were credited to offensive lineman by PFF (Charles Leno and James Daniels), which feels about fight. The larger concern here remains the ineffectiveness with which Harry Hiestand’s unit continues to play against the run. 

No player has been penalized more than Leno (eight) this year. While he argued some of the holding penalties assessed to him have been "bulls--t" there've been too many mistakes from the Bears' usually-reliable left tackle.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Teddy Bridgewater too expensive for the Bears?

Laurence Holmes, JJ Stankevitz and Mark Grote join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The pressure continues to mount on Rob Manfred as the Astros scandal lingers. He apologized on Tuesday but should that be enough for him to keep his job?

17:00 - Drew Brees is heading back to New Orleans, so Teddy Bridgewater will be looking for a new home. The guys discuss if he'll be too expensive for the Bears. if he is, who could come to Chicago to join Mitch in the QB room at Halas Hall?

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TE Greg Olsen signed with Seattle Seahawks, previously hoped Bears would contact him

TE Greg Olsen signed with Seattle Seahawks, previously hoped Bears would contact him

Former Bears first-round pick TE Greg Olsen officially signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Olsen previously played with the Bears and Panthers over a 13-year NFL career.

After mutually parting ways with the Panthers, the 34-year-old hoped the Bears, the team that drafted him in 2007, would reach out about signing him once he hit free agency. He told ESPN’s Waddle and Silvy that he wanted to come home to Chicago but wasn't contacated by Bears' management.

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One of the Bears biggest needs this offseason is an upgrade at TE and Olsen’s pass-catching experience along with his working knowledge of the Bears' organization makes him a seemingly ideal fit for the team. Ryan Pace disagreed and the chance for a reunion is gone for good. While his age is showing (he appeared in only 16 games in 2017 and 2018 combined), Olsen is still a stronger receiver than anyone currently on the Bears depth chart.

Interestingly enough, one of Olsen's best moments as a Bear came during Chicago's playoff win against the Seahawks in January 2011 when he scored a touchdown after catching a 58-yard pass from Jay Cutler in the first quarter.  

We will see if Pace regrets not giving Olsen a call. It would be the breakup movie of the season. Too bad the Bears would be playing the part of the groveling ex-boyfriend. Until then, Bears’ fans can imagine a scenario where Pace or head coach Matt Nagy chases after Olsen in the rain (which makes perfect sense, seeing as he’ll be in Seattle), holding a boom box over his head, begging him to return to Soldier Field. That’s the sports rom-com we all deserve in 2020. 

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