NFL Power Rankings | 30. Chicago Bears
Updated: May 12, 2020
Prediction: 3-13, 4th in NFC North.
BACKUP to a 6th round rookie. That is the level of QB that the Bears have had to resort to these days. It is a grand admission that they got the Trubisky pick wrong in 2017.
Pat Mahomes. Deshaun Watson.
Those two names will forever haunt the Windy City as QBs taken soon after Mitchell Trubisky in 2017. The Bears could have even avoided QB entirely and landed an elite talent such as Christian McCaffrey or Jamal Adams.
Now Trubisky is expected to merely be the backup to a journeyman QB who, despite a Superbowl ring on his resume, has never amounted to much more than a high calibre backup himself.
Signal caller is not the only position on the Bears roster in a state of flux. Confusion and inadequacy trickles across all of the major positional groups.
Whomever winds up at QB does not have the greatest support cast around him, with only Allen Robinson at wideout a reasonably sure thing. Anthony Miller had a strong second half to 2019 but hasn’t yet lived up to his first round billing.
The tight end position just feels confused. The signing of an aging and declining Jimmy Graham reeks of desperation, and while Cole Kmet may turn into an excellent player, first year tight ends rarely set the world alight.
David Montgomery should steadily improve, but the bizarre signing of Germain Ifedi to play right guard will do him no favours. Tarik Cohen will bust a big play now and again but is not capable of carrying a three-down load should Montgomery underwhelm or suffer an injury.
None of the above will be helped by the porous offensive line, but to go into detail here only serves to further highlight the disarray of the Bears’ offense.
The defense will be a more competent unit and is possibly top half, but it shows genuine signs of regression and will probably end up being middle of the pack.
Danny Trevathan will be back but is injury prone and has not truly played well since 2013 when he was with the Broncos. The Bears have lost Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis who both provided solid depth in the linebacking corps and the run defense could suffer as a result.
Khalil Mack and newly acquired Robert Quinn should pile up some nice stats, but Quinn could take a little while to settle into a new scheme and the 3-4 D.
Akiem Hicks has also suffered from injuries and turns 31 this season. He is entering the back nine of his career and could start to suffer some regression as a result.
The secondary should be the one area of positivity, but Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller cannot shoulder the full load as a twosome. Both Jackson and Fuller are in the upper half of the league in terms of quality defensive backs and the unit as a whole does not allow regular touchdown receptions, but draft pick Jaylon Johnson and signing Tashaun Gipson will need to contribute immediately to keep their excellent record going. Jackson operates best as a true centre fielder and the Bears will hope that he can return to his 2018 form. The signing of Gipson as a box safety should allow Jackson to do this.
Bears fans will not agree with this record prediction and it is predicated on an improvement by the Lions within the NFC North. The two clubs are not miles apart in terms of quality, but the return of Matt Stafford and a stronger offense in general relegate the Windy City franchise to the cellar of their division.