Olin Kreutz: The Bears don't want to be what their offensive identity is

Olin Kreutz: The Bears don't want to be what their offensive identity is

The Bears offense has been the topic of conversation (debate, really) all season long. What was supposed to be a breakout year for Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky has devolved into a weekly discussion of what went wrong and how the offense can be fixed.

One of the primary talking points through the first 10 weeks of the season has been Chicago's lack of identity on offense. But why is that? Is it because the Bears can't do anything right? Or is it because Nagy is too stubborn to keep calling plays that work. 

Former Bears center and NBC Sports Chicago analyst Olin Kreutz offered his thoughts on the Football Aftershow on Sunday.

"You go back to their first touchdown of the year this year. It was late in the third quarter in Denver, which is the first sign already that maybe their offense isn’t going to be very good this year, and it’s a nine-play drive, eight of those plays are runs," Kreutz said. "That tells me right there what your identity is. It’s not that the Bears’ offense doesn’t have an identity, it’s that they don’t want to be what their identity is.

"They have an identity, right? They have a way they move the ball, they have a way they score. It’s just, no one turns the film on and says, 'Let’s go to our very few touchdown drives this year, and let’s see what were we actually doing on that drive?' The only drive, guys, that they were actually who Nagy wants to be was the second TD drive of the Eagles game last week. And how did they start that drive? They threw up I-formation boot to Allen Robinson, he dropped it over the guy, he went to jump over the guy’s head, not gonna say he dropped it, but Allen Robinson went for it. But that kinda got Mitch in his groove, you get him into a boot, let him throw the ball out, and then they start with their Will and their zone read. And that’s what they wanna be, but that was really the only successes they’ve ever had in that style of offense until today."

Trubisky and the Bears were more productive against a lowly Lions defense and managed to put up 20 points in the team's 20-13 win. But the passing game accounted for just 173 yards while David Montgomery churned out 60 yards on 17 carries. There were some nice moments for sure, but could a performance like Week 10 even compete against some of the NFL's better defenses? Likely not.

Kreutz is right on the money. Nagy has to stop trying to force Trubisky into the quarterback he wants him to be and instead let the offense become what it's meant to be based on the personnel on the roster. Trubisky will never be Patrick Mahomes, and that's OK. He can be 'Mitch Trubisky,' which based on Sunday's win at Soldier Field is good enough to at least keep the Bears competitive.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: The NFL could push the Super Bowl to March if it means a full season

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: The NFL could push the Super Bowl to March if it means a full season

Laurence Holmes, JJ Stankevitz and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel. The NFL wants to get a 16-game season in and would be willing to move the Super Bowl to March if necessary. But should any league even think about making plans that far in advance?

JJ writes that the Bears biggest need is interior offensive line. Do they have to take a lineman early in the draft?

Plus the guys discuss the stories about the ‘98 Bulls that they most want to hear as discuss the athletes and celebrities that they most and least want to spend time with in quarantine.

0:35 - Report: Super Bowl could be in March If start of season is delayed

4:30 - Do the Bears have to draft an offensive lineman in the 2nd round?

11:10 - NCAA gives spring sports athletes another year of eligibility

15:50 - ESPN moving up release date for “The Last Dance” about ‘98 Bulls

20:29 - Who do you most and least want to quarantine with?

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LOOK: Nick Foles signs Bears contract

LOOK: Nick Foles signs Bears contract

The Bears struck quickly after the new league year kicked off on March 18 when they traded a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for quarterback Nick Foles. The deal was agreed to during the legal tampering period but didn't become official until Tuesday when it was finally announced by the NFL.

Part of the delay in all of this offseason's transactions getting finalized is the social distancing required to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Team facilities are closed. As a result, free-agent deals and trades are taking longer to process.

But the wait for Foles becoming a Bear is finally over, and he shared the moment he put pen to paper on Twitter.

Foles, 31, is expected to compete with Mitch Trubisky for the starting job in 2020 with most in football media expecting him to ultimately win the duel. He brings a resume of playoff success to Chicago, including a miraculous Super Bowl run (and victory) during the 2017 season.

Foles' stint in Jacksonville lasted just one season after signing a four-year, $88 million contract in 2019. Foles started four games (all losses) and finished the year with 736 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was replaced in the lineup by Gardner Minshew, who took the league by storm as a mustache-wearing sixth-round pick from Washington State.

He'll get a fresh start in Chicago and if he has any sort of success in 2020, he'll be a Bear for a long time. 

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