Title 1: “Bears’ Lost Season is Captured in One Sad Play”
Title 2: “Bears Entering Another Lost Season as Cody Whitehair Blunders”
The Chicago Bears are struggling through a dismal season and one dismal play recently captured it all. During their loss to Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Cody Whitehair, their center, snapped the ball to quarterback Justin Fields and shuffled to his right. However, he found himself searching for somebody to block and ended up grabbing Ja’Tyre Carter, teammate of Whitehair. In the meanwhile, the Vikings’ defensive lineman Harrison Phillips blew past the Bears’ left guard, Teven Jenkins, who could have used the help of Whitehair to save Fields from the 6-foot-3, 307-pound tackler.
Following the play, Whitehair was benched in the second half of the game. The Bears had chosen him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft and he had even been a Pro Bowler in 2018. The current situation looks to be fast becoming just another forfeited season for the Bears, adding further sorrow to their 3-14 record from the previous year.
Since Matt Nagy took hold of the reins of the team, their playoff nose-dive has been even worse – zero wins in the past seven seasons. The only hope may be the results of the 2024 NFL Draft where they could end up with the top two picks. The picks are a result of the Bears trading their No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft to the Carolina Panthers who then used it to pick quarterback Bryce Young. The Bears currently stand as the second-best team with no wins this season, only behind the Panthers. This could be advantageous for the Bears as the prospect the USC quarterback Caleb Williams is highly talked about.
As of yet, the Bears still need to decide if they should stick to Justin Fields or go for a new draft pick. Hopefully, Chicago can rise from the atrophying position they find themselves in and reclaim some of their long-lost football legacy.