The Bears have yet to unlock top pick David Montgomery in their shockingly inept run game, and his fellow newcomers on offense, including Mike Davis and rookie Riley Ridley, aren't on the field enough to be potential factors.
But let's not lump all of Chicago's new weapons together in the large disappointment lot on offense.
Cordarrelle Patterson arguably was the lone bright spot Sunday in the Bears' 36-25 loss to the New Orleans Saints, returning a first-quarter kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown with a burst of energy that the Soldier Field fans haven't seen on any such play by the home team since future Hall of Famer Devin Hester played here.
Patterson became the first Bears kick returner to score a touchdown since Hester in October 2011, when he took Wil Lutz' kick out of the end zone, caught one block from Davis, another from TE J.P. Holtz and did the rest, breaking two tackles and maxing out at 20.29 miles per hour on his seventh career kick return score — and third at Soldier Field.
Patterson also recovered a late onside kick — Eddy Pineiro's second successful boot Sunday, after he converted a 46-yard field goal to improve to 10-of-11 on the season — and prevented a Trubisky interception on the last of Patterson's three targets.
Unfortunately, like everything else Sunday, it came with a caveat, considering the special teams also had its first punt blocked — which Pat O'Donnell illegally batted out of the end zone for a safety to make it 2-0 visitors less than two minutes into the game.
Tarik Cohen, who remains Matt Nagy's toughest riddle to solve on offense, showed curious judgment on his first fair catch, and special-teams stalwart Sherrick McManis exited for good early in the third quarter to enter concussion protocol.
Twitter war: It's officially a bad day — "for us, it's been one of those weeks," Nagy said — when Allen Robinson, easily the MVP of the offense at the season's midway point, talks more with a stranger on Twitter than to reporters in the locker room.
Robinson, who finished with 10 catches for 87 yards and a garbage-time touchdown before apparently searching his name on Twitter minutes after the final whistle, had an unfortunate exchange with CheeseHead TV's Aaron Nagler, who called out the 26-year-old former Pro Bowler for celebrating the aforementioned inconsequential score.
"Keep my name out ya mouth" and "thank you whoever you are" were Robinson's two responses, coming not more than 20 minutes before Nagy hit the podium saying his team must avoiding distractions and remain as one and almost offering an ultimatum on which leaders would emerge during this tough time.
"I talk about horse blinders and earmuffs," he said. "Don't listen to anything outside because right now it's not going to be good. So what happens is people from outside try to pull you down, and the last thing that anybody is going to do, whether it's you guys or anybody else outside, you're not pulling us down."
Robinson also got into it in the fourth quarter and again after the game with Saints rookie DB Chauncey Garnder-Johnson, who was talking trash to several Bears throughout the afternoon.
Health check: Mitch Trubisky indicated his dislocated left shoulder, which he protected with a harness in his first game since suffering the injury Sept. 29 vs. the Vikings, wasn't an issue for him Sunday. That's good news, of course, even if some might've hoped for an excuse to help explain another poor performance.
"It felt fine. Wasn't really thinking about it, and I was able to go out there and do my job for the most part, and just got to do my job better to help this team," he said.
Bears leading tackler Danny Trevathan appeared to be dealing with a hand injury in the locker room, according to Bears Insider's Sean Hammond. Trevathan didn't speak with reporters, instead heading to the trainer's room while favoring his hand.
The Bears welcomed back Bilal Nichols (broken hand) for the first time since Week 1 and also had Taylor Gabriel back for the first time since he suffered a concussion in Week 3.