Bulls Fans: Change Will Come When You Stop Going to Games

I’m a loyal Bulls fan and I always will be. However, there comes a point where you need to bring your loyalty into question with the terrible product the front office puts on the floor year after year with no signs of changing.

The Bulls are going on year two of being one of the worst teams in the NBA. They started last year at the very bottom of the power rankings, and now are going on the second year of Head Coach Jim Boylen’s nonsense. The players are unhappy with him and the fans hate him, yet the front office does nothing. With all of this going on, the Bulls are still one of the NBA leaders in attendance.

I’ll always stick with a team when they’re in the middle of a productive rebuild. The Cubs in the early 2010’s is a great example of that. The fans believed in their front office and it was wonderful to see it all come together in 2016. With Gar Forman and John Paxson at the helm of this Bulls organization, there’s no end in sight to the failure. I always see demands to fire these two on Twitter, but they’re still doing their job correctly by bringing in fans. They get fired when the team loses revenue and when nobody wants to watch the job they’ve done to build a team. All Bulls fans need to understand this so we can finally see change for the better for a once respected NBA franchise.

Are The Bears Really Back?

As we enter week 15 of the NFL season, the tone is certainly different in Chicago. The Bears have won three straight games, and Mitchell Trubisky put on a show last Thursday night against the Cowboys. People are wondering whether the Bears are back, or if they’re set to break our hearts at Lambeau Field this Sunday.

To me, it can really go either way. Roquan Smith was just ruled out for the rest of the season with a pectoral injury, which is a huge blow for the defense. The Bears need all hands on deck if they’re going to contain Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Green Bay offense. Overall, though, I’m confident the defense is going to make it a game.

The biggest question comes from the offense. Are they finally finding their groove? The past few games, the Bears have seen rather mediocre defenses, which could give you false hope. I believe they needed those types of games to really find their offensive identity, though. The Bears have a rough schedule coming up as they have the Chiefs and Vikings following the Packers. The offense is finally getting into the end zone frequently, and it’s something fan have missed this season.

The next three games are all must-wins to keep the Bears’ playoff chances alive, and it really all comes down to their success on the offensive side and their ability to still dominate on the defensive side, despite injuries.

After a Slow Start, the Bears Are Searching for Answers

by Jordan Bradley

The Bears are entering week seven of the NFL season and as fans, we’re definitely not where we expected. The Bears sit at 3-3, they’re twelfth in the power rankings, and 30th in the league when it comes to offensive yards per game. The offense is most certainly the biggest problem, and as awful as Mitch Trubisky has been, it goes beyond him.

While we’re talking about Mitch Trubisky, something needs to change with him, and fast. He currently has the third worst quarterback rating in the league at 34.2. He only has five touchdowns, and two of those were in garbage time against a prevent defense in the last game. He continues to be off-target to wide open receivers and has happy feet in the pocket.

There have been some trade talks circulating for a new quarterback, but the right idea may be to hold off on that. The market for quarterbacks nearing the trade deadline really isn’t great. There have been talks to get Phillip Rivers, who hasn’t been performing well, and is beginning to decline. Cam Newton is injury prone, and isn’t everyone’s favorite person, either. Then there’s Marcus Mariota, who would be an interesting choice, as he was recently benched and has a worse quarterback rating than Trubisky. But, a new offense designed for his skill could work better, and the Bears can provide that for Mariota.

Trubisky is just one layer of this onion of an offense. The play calling is also agonizing to witness. It’s predictable, and defenses adjust very quickly each game. Almost every series is the same: a run play that goes nowhere, a run play that goes nowhere, a short passing play for a few yards or negative yards, and a punt. Before you can even blink, the Bears are giving the ball back to the opposing team, and that’s wearing out their best weapon, the defense.

This lack of offensive production needs to change. It really is the Bears only hope for the season. You don’t win games if you don’t score points, and the defense can only help so much. Trubisky needs to be better or else his job will be gone by next year. Head Coach Matt Nagy needs to figure out what plays work and what plays don’t, and at least be slightly unpredictable.

The Bears are on a downtrend, but they still have a chance to turn it around, even with a tough schedule ahead that includes the Eagles, Rams, Cowboys, Packers, and Chiefs.