By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
Country singer Garth Brooks said it best:
“And now I’m glad I didn’t know, the way it all would end the way it all would go. Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain, but I’d have to miss the dance.”-The Dance
Some people would have preferred to sit out the 2017 season, but something about it intrigued fans to continue watching, cheering and remain loyal.
Was it the quarterback controversy that would inevitably take place once rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky was drafted? Even after the Chicago Bears brass had preached that newly signed QB Mike Glennon would be the starter, they tried desperately to stick to their guns but to no avail. It was his performance that lacked the spark needed on offense…or was it?
Glennon started in only four games and according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, he had a completion percentage of 66.4, threw for 833 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. He was sacked 8 times and ended with a QB rating of 76.9. Trubisky however, started in the remaining 12 games completing only 59.4 percent of his passes. He threw for 2,193 yards, seven TDs, and seven INTs. He was sacked a whopping 31 times and ended his season with a 77.5 QB rating.
It would have been hard to tell whether or not Glennon would have had a better season, but it is safe to say that Trubisky displayed the fire, passion, and excitement needed to ignite a hungry but mediocre 2017 team. With that being said, the missing pieces are just around the corner.
It truly hurt the Bears not having star wide receiver Cameron Meredith on the field due to an injury early in training camp. However, the offseason will be a time for Trubisky and Meredith to develop the time and relationship they desperately need before training camp. Injury-prone WR Kevin White has truly been a victim of unfortunate events and I has one more year left on his rookie contract. It’s hard to imagine where he lands on the roster in 2018.
The Bears need a strong right tackle to replace Bobby Massie. Massie was set off balanced on numerous plays and with 31 sacks on Trubisky last season it’s a priority. Either Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey or Quenton Nelson as a left guard. One of these young men will make a nice addition to the offensive line. A couple of free agents in wide receivers Miami Dolphins Jarvis Landry, or Seattle Seahawks Paul Richardson would be great. By using the 8th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft for prospect Calvin Ridley (Alabama) it would definitely be an upside.
Now that former offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, Matt Nagy is now the new head coach of the Chicago Bears, things are looking up!
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