The Chicago Bears are like the award winning cow that gives a good bucket of milk, and then kicks it over.
Despite being a pillar of the NFL, with the highest paid defensive player (who happens to be Black), the Bears are plagued by racism.
Most recently, in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Bears traded their number 3 draft position, their Number 67 and 111th picks, and a 2018 third-round pick, to San Francisco, in exchange for their number 2 overall position. With that pick, they selected Mitchell Trubisky rather than Mahomes, whom the KC Chiefs selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, or Deshaun Watson whom the Houston Texans selected with the 12th overall pick.
Mahomes and Watson, Both of whom happen to be Black, are decidedly outperforming Trubisky. Mahomes is now the reigning NFL MVP with 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns and a 113.8 passer rating. He threw for more than 4,000 yards and ran for 551 yards in 2018. Deshaun Watson is earning passer ratings greater than 125.0.
Some may argue that it is not fair to compare Trubisky to Mahomes or Watson. Fair enough. Let’s compare Trubisky this season to Trubisky last season.
Last season, Trubisky threw a touchdown on 5.5% of his passes. This season he has thrown a touchdown on only 3.1% of his passes. Last season, Trubisky averaged 7.4 yards per attempt. This season he has averaged just 5.2 yards per attempt. Last year Trubisky finished the season 3rd in Quarterback run yardage. This season, he’s rushed for 21 yards on 5 attempts and is 30th in QBR. Clearly, by the numbers, Trubisky has failed to improve.
This week, in a losing effort against Philadelphia during the first half Trubisky completed 6 of 13 passes for 25 yards and was sacked 3 times. During that half, the Bears’ offense had netted only 9 yards. By the numbers, that was their worst first-half in 40 years.
During that game, over a period of 4 quarters, Trubisky completed a poultry 10 of 21 passes for 125 yards, many of which came on a 53-yard completion. Moreover, Trubisky had a League bottom 66.6 passer rating.
Ironically, Philadelphia emerged victorious as a team anchored by ex Bears Alshon Jeffrey and Jordan Howard, whom the Bears traded for a 6th round pick.
Chicago is a team with longstanding history of NFL success. All may not agree that Racism is a factor in the Bears’ management’s decision making. Yet, it is irrefutable that “something is rotten in the Bears’ cotton.”