Sunday’s matchup between the Bears and Saints was your classic battle between stability and absolute chaos.

A solid blue-chip stock versus one of those pink sheet garage companies they make fun of on The Wolf of Wall Street. Pair of Apple Airpods versus those off-brand wireless earbuds you found at Five Below.

The New Orleans Saints have been one of the most consistent franchises in the NFL for over two decades. Since the turn of the century, the Saints have won less than 7 games ONCE, and that was in 2005 when they went 3-13. That off-season, they went and got Drew Brees. Year after year, Saints fans have had the comfort of knowing that they will get a well-coached, disciplined, strong defensive team that will be competitive in the division at the very least. That is the standard the organization has established, and that is what the fan base has been able to count on. Bears fans don’t have much to rely upon on a yearly basis, all we know is that more than likely, what happens on the field is going to leave us questioning our sanity.

This game started out on a high note for the Bears, a very solid opening drive for Tyson Bagent that ended in a beautiful catch by Cole Kmet for a touchdown. Saints got on the board late in the 1st quarter with a Chris Olave touchdown, in which the Bears quickly answered back early in the 2nd quarter with Cole Kmet’s second touchdown to take a 14-7 lead. That’s basically where the fun ends though. Taysom Hill was everywhere – he took snaps at TE, HB, FB and QB. Had 11 carries for 52 yards, 4 carries for 13 yards and a touchdown, and even threw for a touchdown. Shocked that head coach Dennis Allen didn’t have Taysom Hill attempt an extra point, just for funsies.

While Tyson Bagent had a strong first half, it quickly dissolved as he ended with 5 turnovers, making it the first 5 turnover game by a Bears QB since Matt Barkley in Week 16 of the 2016 season. It wasn’t pretty, but the Saints have one of the best defenses in the NFL and are a consistently tough team to beat at the Superdome. There’s plenty to be critical of in Bagent’s game today, but quite frankly that’s a waste of time. Justin Fields will be back sooner rather than later, and Tyson Bagent is not the future starter.

The important conversation to be had is the inability of this coaching staff to successfully implement their own desired brand of football.

The Matt Eberflus HITS principle, which is supposed to represent the four core values of this team – HUSTLE, INTENSITY, TAKEAWAYS, SMART. This principle is all about doing the little things correctly, being disciplined, and limiting the negatives that you can control. In the two years under Eberflus, the Bears have yet to display any relationship to the HITS principle and are now 5-21. The Bears currently rank dead last in turnover differential at -9. They are in the bottom half of the NFL in both penalties per game and penalty yards per game. Against the Saints, the Bears committed 8 penalties for 71 yards while New Orleans committed 1 penalty for 5 yards. Out of the 9 games this year, the Bears have had less penalties than their opponent…twice. This team has been dysfunctional from the moment that Matt Eberflus stepped into Halas Hall, and the results directly contradict the implied strengths of this staff. There’s a play that happened in Week 1 of this year against the Packers that sums it all up – a flag was thrown before the snap on a 1st and 15, the ref turns on his mic and says, “false start, the entire offensive line.” I mean come on, seriously?

From top to bottom, there is a disconnect within this organization.

There is a complete misconception of the reality of this team in Halas Hall. Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus have said “we’re close” time and time again, but the hard truth is that they’re not. Congratulations Ryan, you traded for Montez Sweat and signed him to a 4-year, $98 million extension. That’s great, we needed an edge rusher, but you still haven’t addressed the CRUCIAL importance of the 3-tech defensive tackle for a 4-3 defensive scheme that your head coach is trying to run. The future of the QB position isn’t solidified, Chase Claypool stole your lunch money, and two assistant coaches were relieved of their duties due to behavior in the workplace within the last six weeks. You didn’t sign Mike Glennon for $20 million though, I’ll give ya that.

“There are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s fifty feet of crap, and then there’s us.” – Billy Beane (Moneyball, 2011)

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