By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
Immediately after the Marc Trestman short-term era, the Chicago Bears went into a “rebuild” mode, by replacing coaching staff and players. That rebuild brought in John Fox and company in hopes of winning the NFC North and getting back to a winning culture. Well, we all saw where that went and needless to say, it was back to the drawing board.
The Bears interviewed all prospective candidates and chose Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, Matt Nagy to be the new head coach. No one is disappointed at this choice. His hunger to put a winning culture back in Chicago has fans and analysts giddy.
His goals match up with the desires of Bears fans everywhere: to develop quarterback Mitchell Trubisky by increasing his accuracy, reads, and footwork. He also demands a winning attitude from every staff member and player going forward.
With the resigning of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the development of the Bears defense will just get better. In just three years under Fangio, the defense has gone from a 23rd ranking in rushing defense to an 11th ranking defense. With the power front edge rusher in Akiem Hicks, a healthy Danny Trevathan in the middle, and the awakening of the secondary in cornerback Kyle Fuller and safeties Adrian Amos and rookie Eddie Jackson, the Bears defense was fun to watch.
However, the Bears could use another corner, edge rusher, and explosive special teams additions. A scary but exciting addition to the Bears special teams would be long snapper Tanner Carew of Oregon. This kid is a baller. Not only can he snap the ball with ease but can tackle a runner behind the 20. Also, the Bears have yet to find that elite punt returner since Devin Hester.
With some pieces still missing on all sides of the ball, this can be addressed in free agency and the NFL Draft. The Bears need to upgrade more on the offensive front such as right tackle and add depth at the guard positions, a solid backup quarterback and a wide receiver that is not afraid to reach for the sky.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson would be an excellent addition to the Bears, as a duo threat with the return of Cameron Meredith. Throw in a rookie receiver from the draft such as D.J. Chark of LSU or J’Mon Moore of Missouri and it’s GAME ON!
Realistically, the return of tight end Zach Miller for the 2018 season is not even a possibility. But head coach Matt Nagy will use Adam Shaheen to his full potential as he did Travis Kelce in Kansas City. They could possibly take another rookie tight end but a veteran from free agency such as Tre Burton from the Philadelphia Eagles would be an easy fix. He averaged one out of every five of his receptions went for a touchdown, not to mention he is an exceptional blocker.
The Chicago Bears are almost ready to flip the NFC North and it will shock even Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Bears will be a different team going into the 2018 season and this time they will make it a true competition.
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