The Bears have rightly been criticized for some of the decisions they have made on the field this season but it was one they made off it which brought the latest defeat. Robbie Gould was cut by the Bears one week before the regular season in 2016. He has the franchise record as the team’s all-time scoring leader in career points (1,207), field goals made (276).
The decision looks even more of a farce based on the kicking struggles since Gould left. Connor Barth was cut, Cairo Santos had a brief stint with the Bears to now be replaced by Mike Nugent. Santos got injured on Sunday leaving the punter Pat O’Donnell to take over kicking duties, a man John Fox did not know the name of in his post-match press-conference. Whilst all of this was going on Robbie Gould hit 5-5 and scored all of the points for the San Francisco 49ers. It is a form of poetic irony you would probably laugh at if you weren’t a Bears fan.
However the returning kicker was only part of the story from Sunday. The list of damming statistics just keeps mounting up and this week was no different. Jordan Howard rushed for only 38 yards against the league’s 30th ranked rushing defense. Tarik Cohen who pulled off a remarkable return for a touchdown only saw 6 touches today. The whole offense has been shockingly poor in recent weeks but even the most pessimistic Bears fan would have expected more than 147 total yards and only 8 first downs, compare that to the 388 yards and 23 first downs that San Francisco achieved. The stats are embarrassing enough on their own but to struggle so much against a team that had only won one win prior to Sunday should have alarm bells ringing across the organization.
The silence from the McCaskey’s has been deafening in recent weeks and it is looking more likely that Fox could well see the rest of the season out but I can only see one final humiliation looming large above Soldier field. The last home game of the regular season is in three weeks against the winless Cleveland Browns and what better way to sign off another miserable season than being beaten at home by the worst team in the NFL. The pressure is building and John Fox must go, Dowell Loggains must go. Ryan Pace has seen his plans amount to three shocking seasons so he should also be asked to clear his desk and hopefully the clear out can allow the Bears to build for the 2018 season.