Chicago Bears love their new look

Wanda Wiedman, Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Chicago Bears 41 – Buffalo Bills 9

If you haven’t noticed there is a new vibe to the Chicago Bears. It started the moment head coach Matt Nagy entered Halas Hall with an attitude to #BeObsessed.

His goal was to ingrain into the hearts and minds of each player to stop playing mediocre football, which was something they became used to during the Marc Trestman and John Fox eras. But it had to start with the players believing that they could.

So Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace chose to bring in key players to prime their pump and motivate change. The additions of offensive and defensive weapons such as wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel,  tight end Trey Burton, and linebacker Khalil Mack have already paid in dividends. But it is more than just on the field. The desire to win and play as one unit has shown in every play.

Take for instance the frustration of running back Jordan Howard. In the past two years, Howard had produced over a thousand yards. But this season it was not happening. He was either being double teamed or not utilized enough. He was completely ignored by his peers as among one of the Top 10 leading rushers.

And it didn’t help that Nagy was focusing more on the development of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky than calling out a balanced offense of run and pass plays. But Nagy had a plan and didn’t care what bloggers, writers or media analysts had to say.

In the past two weeks, Howard has emerged in the run game producing a touchdown against the New York Jets to seal the win and then against the Buffalo Bills with two TDs in the second quarter. The love and encouragement he received from his teammates and Coach Nagy were evident on the field and on the podium.

Let’s not forget the new look under center. Trubisky’s excitement over every play just gets the team excited as well. They see their captain’s desire to win games by trying to make plays with his feet and in the air. But his excitement shows when his teammates come together and they come together.

Now the defense has been trying to prove that they can work together even when they don’t have their starting pass rusher in Khalil Mack, who has been nursing a bad ankle. They stepped up to the challenge starting with rookie ILB Roquan Smith doing what he does best, going sideline-to-sideline with 11 solo tackles.

But the much-needed resurgence came from linebacker Leonard Floyd who desperately needed to prove to his team that he can attack the field.  His interception in the second quarter was a welcomed surprise for the fans and celebrated by his teammates.

It was an all-team effort from start to finish. They were supposed to win this game and they did. The Chicago Bears are in first place in the NFC North and can continue with a win at home against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

A few years ago, I asked Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary if he knew in 1984 during the preseason that they would get to the Super Bowl the following year. He said to me, “We believed it then.”

If the Bears can keep the fire and momentum going this season, they just might make it all the way or at least seal the deal next season. Either way, we all need to get used to the new look of Chicago Bears. It’s only going to get better!

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