At the half­way mark of the sea­son, the most sur­pris­ing thing about the Bears has been ________ .

The depth of the of­fense’s is­sues The in­abil­ity of the of­fense to show progress from last sea­son

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - BEARS -

Mitch Tru­bisky’s play has been er­ratic, at best, and Sun­day’s loss to the Charg­ers was a per­fect ex­am­ple. He made some re­ally good throws and com­pleted five passes that went for more than 20 yards, only the sec­ond time this sea­son the Bears have had more than two in a game. Con­sider that for a mo­ment in a league where pass­ing of­fenses are dom­i­nat­ing. The run­ning game was a jum­bled mess and at times a com­pletely ig­nored el­e­ment of the of­fense un­til the Bears got down and dirty against the Charg­ers, some­thing that would have been a big­ger story had it not come in a loss. Nagy’s plea for pa­tience in 2018 as Tru­bisky op­er­ated in the first year of his of­fense seemed like a rea­son­able re­quest. But the as­ser­tions of Nagy and gen­eral man­ager Ryan Pace that the unit could take off this sea­son in Year 2 have proven false. Tru­bisky’s re­gres­sion has been the most vex­ing. Sure, there were signs of his trou­bles in train­ing camp, but it was hard to see it turn­ing this sour this quickly. Mean­while, Nagy’s strug­gle to con­sis­tently find what works and to get the run­ning game go­ing un­til Sun­day have con­trib­uted to the some­times-pain­ful view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I didn’t see that com­ing for a team that opened the year with Su­per Bowl hopes.

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