As if they didn’t have enough going on already what with their slow start and coaching turnover, the Chicago Bears earned yet another headline under dubious circumstances. A staffer reported stolen equipment, per ABC 7 Chicago, including a gator ATV and lawnmowers totaling roughly $100,000.
News of this quickly made the rounds on social media garnering a notable comparison if for no other reason than the source.
“Chicago Commanders,” posted Nicki Jhabvala on September 22.
Bears Draw Commanders Comparison Amid Numerous Issues
Commanders Comparison Unflattering to Bears
Jhabvala covers the Commanders for the Washington Post, seeing a fair share of scandalous storylines under the ownership of Daniel Snyder. Snyder agreed to sell the team amid claims of sexual harassment and eroding support among his fellow owners.
She was integral in the coverage of the entire unfolding of the events. The Bears are not mired in that level of scandal, though rumors abound that some are in similarly hot waters.
The underlying sentiment behind Jhabvala’s comments is what stands out.
Chicago entered the season rife with confidence that has proven to be unfounded. They are 0-2 to start the season with 3-0 staring them in the face. A trip to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs has rarely been a recipe for skidding teams to right the ship, and the Bears are massive underdogs.
The Bears’ growing list of issues for the organization has them in the spotlight for all of the wrong reasons. If it’s not dealing with defensive coordinator Alan Williams’ resignation, it’s the injuries to four starters with three of them on injured reserve.
Everyone is trying to put forth their calmest message possible. But, clearly, the signals are loud enough from the outside that it’s being viewed in a similar light as Washington.
Bears Made Better Use of DJ Moore in Week 2
One of the alarms that got rang a little late was wide receiver DJ Moore being picked up on a hot mic ahead of the Bears’ Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the clip, Moore and Bucs linebacker Lavonte David can be heard catching up. The two used to face each other twice a year when Moore was with the Carolina Panthers.
“I miss tackling you,” David can clearly be heard telling Moore. “They ain’t using you right.”
This is where things got interesting because many believe Moore confirms David’s charge of his misuse within the offense, saying, “Tell me about it”.
Devin White Mic'd Up Vs Chicago Bears
Talking to DJ Moore: "They ain't using you right"
— Swift Sports Network (@SwiftyNetwork) September 21, 2023
Moore finished the game with six catches for 104 yards on seven targets. He is still searching for his first touchdown in a Bears uniform, though. It was still a far better showing than his 2-25-0 line in Week 1.
Moore may have been agreeing with David. It is also possible he was well aware of how differently the game would go compared to the week before.
Bears Circling the Wagons
Moore is also a part of what still appears to be a very tight-knit locker room. It’s a group that, to a man, espouses picking each other up during adversity. And, as General Manager Ryan Poles confirmed, this current stretch is certainly that.
The Bears have lost 12 games in a row dating back to last season. They have allowed at least 25 points in each of those contests. Meanwhile, the breakthroughs the offense had last season – which showed signs of stalling out towards the end of the year – have been completely abandoned through two games.
We will see if Fields’ comments lead to a shift back to the style that made him more comfortable while they work through his growing pains as a pocket passer.