It is a very big weekend for the people of Chicago. Lollapalooza is in town. Everyone is trying to soak in these last few weekends before it turns to negative degrees. Most importantly the season has shifted to the one in Chicago people care most about. It is officially Bears season. Brian Urlacher will be inducted into Canton and tonight the Bears officially kick off their 2018 season.
It has been a long rebuild for the diehard fans of Chicago. The Bears have not won over 6 games since 2013 and have not made the playoffs since 2010. The people of Chicago are very antsy and with good reason. Good news though folks, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
There is a new regime in town and boy is it sexy. New head coach Matt Nagy has come in looking to reshape an offense that was, to be extremely kind, an absolute embarrassment to the game of football. The Kansas City Chiefs and Alex Smith really took off once Nagy overtook play calling duties from Andy Reid last season. Will he be able to work the same magic with the wonderkid Trubisky? Stay tuned folks!
The one thing Mitch will not have this year is a poor excuse of weapons. The Bears overhauled the part of the game that failed them most last year. They added top receiver Allen Robinson, Super Bowl hero Trey Burton, speedster Taylor Gabriel, and they have added former 1st round pick Kevin White. The Bears will pair these new weapons with their thunder and lightning combo in the backfield of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.
The Bears addressed a need in the draft by selecting linebacker Roquan Smith out of Georgia. The only downside is the rookie has yet to see the practice field. The good old fashioned rookie hold out decided to strike the Bears this year. They supposedly are close to a deal but that means nothing until there is a signature on the dotted line.
Outside of that the Bears look to be solid on defense once again after Vic Fangio signed back on as defensive coordinator. The middle linebacking trio of Danny Trevathan, Nick Kwiatkoski, and Roquan Smith look to anchor the defense. Leonard Floyd looks to have a standout year after ending last year on IR. The Bears pass rush looks to be the only real suspect part of this defense. Akiem Hicks will continue to be a force to be reckoned with but the rest will depend on Jonathan Bullard, Sam Acho, and Aaron Lynch. If one of those guys can step up along with Floyd then the pass rush will be just fine. The secondary seems to be more than adequate with Kyle Fuller finally earning his worth last season. Adrian Amos leads the safety group with hopes the Eddie Jackson finds some more consistency this season.
At the end of the day, the Bears success will really fall on how well Mitch Trubisky does in his sophomore campaign. The most important thing to remember for Bears fans is just how young and inexperienced Trubisky is. He only played one season in college and only 12 games last season. This will be his first season with an actual offense so be patient in the beginning. Let the offense click and give the kid some breathing room. He wants to be the franchise quarterback, give him time to flourish into that role.
This leads us to the question at hand, can the Bears win more than 6 games this year?
My biased answer…yes.
Here is how I see the Bears schedule shaping out.
The final game the Bears will lose at the Vikings giving them a final record of 8-8. The offense will really have to buy in to what Nagy will implement. I think it will take a hot second to get rolling but I expect the Bears to show the NFL this team is comin. They are comin in hot! I expect them to let the world know who they are this year and next year they will be actual contenders.
Bear down folks. Bear down.