Chicago Bears: Determined to get it right

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

If you are a Chicago Bears fan, the past decade has been nothing but a roller coaster ride. When the Bears lost the conference game in 2010 against the Green Bay Packers, it was heartbreaking. Two years later, head coach Lovie Smith was gone and the nightmare of head coaches losing regard plagued this team. 

But when head coach Matt Nagy came in, flashy exciting plays and giving the team a 12-4 record in 2018 it was the breath of fresh air fans needed. The problem is that when you give Bears Fans that kind of high then crash and burn the following season, it makes this fandom exhibit dual personalities like no other.

The Chicago Bears felt it after last season’s 8-8 finish. It wasn’t the promised high for a 100 year celebration. Fans were calling for the heads of general manager Ryan Pace and Nagy. But it looks like the Bears are determined to get it right for the 2020 season and get back to playing football without the 100 year pressure and hype. 

All 32 team representatives went to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in an attempt to find their diamonds in the rough. The Bears intend to fill some glaring holes on all sides of the ball. The retirement of offensive guard and 2x Pro Bowler Kyle Long needs to be addressed as well as the recent holes left by the release of cornerback Prince Amukamara and wide receiver Taylor Gabriel. These releases were of no surprise as Gabriel was unable to return last season due to a nagging concussion. Amukamara had his set of injuries as well.

Both Nagy and Pace gave reporters some insight as to what they will be doing to change things for this season. 

From Coach Nagy:

  • He intends to continue play calling but will rely more on the coaching staff to focus on player performance, scheme and position knowledge. 
  • (Quarterback Mitchell) Trubisky will rely on the expertise and drilling of quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to get his mechanics and defense knowledge right.
  • He feels rejuvenated after reviewing last season and talking with Kansas City Chiefs head coach and friend Andy Reid after Reid’s long awaited Super Bowl win. 
  • Hopes new staff will spark the offense to come alive in 2020.

From GM Pace:

  • Assures all that he feels good about the cap space and what they will be doing in free agency and the draft. 
  • Bears currently have 7 draft picks, including 2 in the second round. Pace feels it is huge to have 2 there and loves the depth of the draft right now. The focus right now is to improve the roster. However, he predicts 8 picks so could be via trade to fill 3rd round hole.
  • No rush to pursue 5th year option for Trubisky. They believe in Mitch, believes the team needs to be better around him and that’s the goal.
  • Pace has assured all that the team motto is “No EGO” so they are doing what is best for the team in all phases. 

The Bears start the season with a clean slate but the sting of a lackluster season and performance from their young QB still hangs in the air. If DeFilippo can do for Trubisky what he did for QBs Nick Foles and Derek Carr, the Bears might have a fighting chance to win the NFC North title again. 

Here’s hoping the Bears kill it in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft to spark some hope in Chicago!

 

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