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
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.