By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
Christmas is literally around the corner and the Chicago Bears already stuffed their stocking with an NFC North division title.
Intertwined with that title came a win against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field (which was long overdue), the trade of linebacker Khalil Mack from the Oakland Raiders and five players in the Pro Bowl, Khalil Mack, safety Eddie Jackson, defensive end Akiem Hicks, cornerback Kyle Fuller, and running back Tarik Cohen.
But I’m sure Santa Claus isn’t going to stop there, right? The Bears were really good this year!
General manager Ryan Pace did the right thing by getting the best candidate available for the head coaching job in Matt Nagy. Pace surrounded Nagy with coaches that would compliment his coaching style and what the franchise stood for – excellence.
Pace and Nagy went on to the NFL Draft and with a heart to spread joy throughout the NFL, drafted LB Roquan Smith in the first round. Then added center/guard James Daniels in the second round, followed by wide receiver Anthony Miller.
In the bargain rounds came LB special teams Joel Iyiegbuniwe, DT Bilal Nichols and DE Kylie Fitts (2nd team) and WR Javon Wims (3rd team). All of them have had an impact one way or the other in the success of the Bears this season.
But it’s the leadership of the quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who has not blame-shifted any of his poor performance on his teammates or on injury. He took ownership and was determined to lead his team to victory by hard work and conviction.
The Bears should also be on the nice list because of all the charities they have organized for the city of Chicago. They have done the Bears Care Gala, blood drives, coat drives, military donations, a Special Olympic clinic, Grow Chicago and My Cause, My Cleats. The Bears even have a Walter Payton of the Year nominee, tight end Trey Burton.
What are you hoping to find under da tree this year?
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 19, 2018
So with all those early stocking stuffers, what else could be on their list? Let’s see:
- Beat the 49ers and the Vikings on the road
- End the season with a 12-4 record
- Stay healthy with no major injuries to key players (especially Trubisky)
- Beat all the teams in the playoffs
- Go to the Super Bowl
- WIN THE SUPER BOWL
Will Santa grant the Chicago Bears a season they will never forget? Honestly, if they keep playing with urgency and conviction, they can gift themselves and their fans the ultimate gift.
It’s been 13 years since the Bears have been to the Super Bowl, so why not dream big. But then a little help from Santa wouldn’t hurt.
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