Why Texans are a 'cautionary tale' for Bears fans


The headlines and pregame chatter going into Sunday’s Bears-Texans game seemed inevitable:

‘Here comes Deshaun Watson—another guy the Bears passed over in favor of Mitch Trubisky in the 2017 NFL Draft.’

‘Here comes Deshaun Watson, looking to make a statement just like Patrick Mahomes did in his first game at Soldier Field.’

Well … that statement didn’t happen.

The Bears trucked the Texans 36-7 on Sunday at Soldier Field, breaking a six-game losing streak. And it nudged Matt Nagy and company slightly closer to a playoff berth that may-or-may not be out of their reach.

Trubisky tossed three touchdowns with 267 yards passing while Watson threw for 219 yards and one score. Watson was also sacked six times. He also left the game briefly in the third quarter after getting hit by Roquan Smith and Khalil Mack.

The talk on NBC Sports Chicago’s Football Aftershow inevitably turned to Trubisky-Watson comparisons where Olin Kreutz urged Bears fans to pump the brakes on the years-old QB comparison hysteria.

“The Texans are kind a cautionary tale for Chicago,” Kreutz said. “What’s the two main things that everybody says, ‘If the Bears just had a quarterback and a left tackle,’ {the Texans} got it. Two of the best of the league. They traded two ones and a two for Laremy Tunsil. They drafted Tytus Howard, their right tackle, in the first round. They made Nick Markin their center. Zach Fulton, second rounder, at left guard. They’ve got lineman. And they’ve got their quarterback. Watch who you leave in charge. Watch who you let bring in ‘football people’ to surround these guys. It takes a lot of guys to win football games in the NFL.”


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The Texans fell to 4-9 in a lost season. They’ve given up nearly 28 points per game.

“What the Bears can learn from it to me is this: People like to hide behind, ‘Man if we just had our quarterback, we’d be alright.’ The Texans have their quarterback. Guys still got fired. Detroit Lions have had their quarterback for years. Guys are still getting fired. Your building has to be filled with really good people.”

The Bears play the Vikings next Sunday, both teams will come in at 6-7 and the victor will be right on the doorstep of a playoff berth. Can Trubisky and company take the next step?

Stay tuned.


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