Improved Bears could shock NFC North

By Jayce Eustice

You couldn’t tell by the 5-11 finish to last season, but the Chicago Bears are up and coming and poised to become a contender in the next couple years.

The biggest downfall to the Bears 2017-2018 season was the play calling. John Fox ran an offense containing no surprises. They ran the ball as much as they could and seemed to be very hesitant to let rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky use his arm and take over a game. Defenses knew their game plan going in to every game, making it very tough win football games.

They made a decision to let John Fox go and hired the offensive savvy Matt Nagy to assume the head coaching position. With this move the Bears hope to catch lightning in a bottle with a young coach and quarterback combination like the Los Angeles Rams did last year with Sean Mcvay and Jared Goff.

Now with the tragic Mike Glennon experiment behind them and the Fox era over, the Bears now have their franchise quarterback. While Trubisky may still be young and inexperienced, his presence offers more promise and upside than the stagnant Jay Cutler years. Trubisky’s development will continue now that he will be trusted to throw the ball and win games.

Along with the Quarterback and Head Coaching upgrades, the offense has been upgraded tremendously. The addition of Allen Robinson at wide receiver gives the Bears their first legitimate downfield threat since the losses of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Allen will try to become the first Bears receiver since 2014 to have a 1,000 yard season.

WR Taylor Gabriel gives the Bears a solid slot option in the passing game and TE Trey Burton will take up space and provide the solid hands the Bears have been lacking at the position.These new additions plus Jordan Howard’s running game and Tarik Cohen’s versatility will make the offense frightening for opposing teams.

Vic Fangio returning to be the Defensive Coordinator was a huge victory for the Bears. The defense will continue to improve. Leonard Floyd will continue to be a pass rushing force. Floyd on the end and Roquan Smith in the linebacker position will anchor a young defense possessing a lot of potential. Fangio has always made a formidable defense with lackluster talent. This years roster has the most talent he has seen in a long time.

The Bears roster is wildly deep. They have a lot of talent at every position and many of their losses last season were close games. It may not come easy but the Bears haven’t done anything except upgrade. There may be a slow feeling out process, but with the amount of talent and continued growth of key players the Bears will finish this season with an 8-8 record.

It has been a long time coming, but the days of a losing record will be coming to an end.