Bears forming an identity, but what exactly is it?


Bears forming an identity, but what exactly is it?

The mid-1980’s Bears had their identity; very, very good, and they annihilated people physically. The early 1970’s Bears theirs; not very good at all and seemed at times to play for the annihilation as much as the scoreboard, although there wasn’t always a lot of point playing for the latter. The 1940’s Bears were the Monsters of the Midway.

The 2015 Bears? Not so sure yet.

Coach John Fox was tasked in part with changing the culture within the team, which is clearly in the early stages of happening, based on things said publicly and privately, and what has shown up on the field, although “we still have a pretty significant body of work ahead of us,” Fox said. “I don’t like seeing who wins the race when we’ve barely gotten out of the blocks yet.”

What occurred in the loss to Green Bay does not make an identity, particularly for a team on which so many members were playing their first minutes ever in a Bears uniform.

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But to one of those outsiders, one with experience with identity formation with an Arizona Cardinals team that reached a Super Bowl and with a New York Giants that won a Super Bowl, signs are there.

By way of perspective, “[the Cardinals] weren't always the most athletic team, we weren't always the most talented team, but we played together and we played fast,” said safety Antrel Rolle. “And we fought, we fought with every inch of our body.

“And this [Bears] team is going to get to that. I'm pretty sure of that.”

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Identity, like leadership and other intangibles, can’t be installed or voted in. Whether accurate or not, the Bears after the Green Bay game felt that they had shown character in not only folding against Aaron Rodgers, but also in coming back for a touchdown after the disastrous Clay Matthews interception.

Not quitting is not necessarily a positive, however. That’s what is being paid for. But getting back on the rails and expecting to come back and win was seldom part of the identity of the past two years.

“Right now it's just a team that I think we're still figuring it out but right now it's a team that doesn't quit and a team that continues to fight,” Rolle said. “Just like any person, it takes a long time any kid or anyone to develop an identity within themselves and I think we're still trying to learn who we are and what we're about. There are just some characteristics we know that we have that we want to continue to build on.”

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots


NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots


Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.