Getting Grizzly With It

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Can the Chicago Bears make the right decisions this year? That will be the big question. So far, they are not off to a good start by not naming Justin Fields QB1. With Andy Dalton or Nick Foles playing quarterback, the Chicago Bears will finish dead last again. The pieces are in place to make a run with Fields. Let’s break it down.

Quick Strike Ability

This offense has a lot of speed. Fields obviously adds to that more so than his counterparts. He runs a 4.33, the fastest time from the 2020 Ohio State roster. Darnell Mooney is fast too, and he will take on a big roll. Yes, Allen Robinson is still the top option, but he is more of a possession receiver. Damiere Byrd also adds speed, and is most likely the third receiver with Anthony Miller being traded to Houston. Sixth round pick Dazz Newsome from UNC will likely factor in when he returns from his collarbone injury. Cole Kmet needs to have a larger role if the Bear truly want to have a great offense.

Next up, the running game. David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen aren’t bad. The Bears would benefit from having a power runner to offset them. Khalil Herbert was drafted in round six from Virginia Tech and has similar skill set to Cohen. Finally, the offensive line with the new left tackle. Tevin Jenkins was a second round pick from Oklahoma State, and they are are very excited about him. They also added lineman Larry Borom in the fifth round from Missouri who can play tackle and guard. The rest of the line right now is made up of James Daniels, Cody Whitehair, Alex Bars, and Germain Ifedi. Ifedi can be a little inconsistent after times. Either way, the line has good balance of vets and young talent.

What Put Them on the Map

Defense is what the Bears have been known for. Lately, it hasn’t been that great. Khalil Mack needs to keep doing what he’s been doing. Robert Quinn needs to step it up. Both outside backers are in the declining age. Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith are still in the middle, but Trevathan probably doesn’t have much time left. The defensive line is aging a bit too. Eddie Goldman still has some time and Akiem Hicks is 31. Luckily, Bilal Nichols is young and will continue to develop. For now, we can assume that BYU seventh round pick Khyiris Tonga will likely be a bench player at the DT spot for now.

Finally, the secondary. Eddie Jackson is the enforcer. Jaylon Johnson is in line to be the top corner. The second half of the secondary is troubling. Desmond Trufant and Tashuan Gibson don’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence as declining 30 year olds. In round six, the Bears drafted Thomas Graham Jr from Oregon who will be an option as the nickel at least to start, and may replace Trufant eventually. Ultimately, the team has the ability to make a push if they play their cards right. No pressure Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace, but your NFL futures are looking bleak if this season doesn’t go well.

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