[2017 NFL Preview] Chicago Bears

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That’s right. We’re back once again with another NFL preview!

Today’s preview will be a team that a lot of people hammered this past off-season for the “boneheaded” moves they constantly made.

THE CHICAGO BEARS!!!

Jay Cutler is officially out-of-town now and the Bears are moving on. Chicago fans are excited about this development, but should they be?

LEZ FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

2017 NFL Preview

 

 

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 10-6 (2012), 8-8 (2013), 5-11 (2014), 6-10 (2015), 3-13 (2016)

Last Playoff Win: 2010 Divisional vs. Seattle

Last Playoff Appearance: 2010 NFC Championship vs. Green Bay

Super Bowl Wins: Super Bowl XX vs. New England

Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl XLI vs. Indianapolis

 

The Head Coach:

John Fox

Coaching Record: 128-112

Playoff Record: 8-7

Grade: C

 

2016-17 Team Leaders:

Passing Yards/Touchdowns: Matt Barkley (1,611), Matt Barkley (8)

Rushing Yards/Touchdowns: Jordan Howard (1,313), Jordan Howard (6)

Receiving Yards/Touchdowns: Cameron Meredith (888), Cameron Meredith/Zach Miller (4)

Tackles: Jerrell Freeman (110)

Interceptions: Tracy Porter/Cre’Von LeBlanc (2)

 

2017 Projected Starters:

Grade Key:

  • ELITE
  • GREAT
  • GOOD
  • NOT GOOD
  • ROOKIE
  • HORRIBLE

Offense:

QB: Mike Glennon

RB: Jordan Howard

FB: Mike Burton

WR: Cameron Meredith

WR: Kevin White

TE: Zach Miller

LT: Charles Leno

RT: Bobby Massie

RG: Josh Sitton

LG: Kyle Long

OC: Cody Whitehair

Defense:

DE: Akiem Hicks

DT: Eddie Goldman

DE: Mitch Unrein

LB: Jerrell Freeman

LB: Danny Trevathan

LB: Pernell McPhee

LB: Leonard Floyd

CB: Prince Amukamara

CB: Marcus Cooper

FS: Adrian Amos

SS: Quintin Demps

 

The Schedule:

vs. Atlanta Falcons (September 10)

vs. @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (September 17)

vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (September 24)

vs. @ Green Bay Packers (September 28)

vs. Minnesota Vikings (October 9)

vs. @ Baltimore Ravens (October 15)

vs. Carolina Panthers (October 22)

vs. @ New Orleans Saints (October 29)

BYE WEEK

vs. @ Green Bay Packers (November 12)

vs. Detroit Lions (November 19)

vs. @ Philadelphia Eagles (November 26)

vs. San Francisco 49ers (December 3)

vs. @ Cincinnati Bengals (December 10)

vs. @ Detroit Lions (December 16)

vs. Cleveland Browns (December 24)

vs. @ Minnesota Vikings (December 31)

 

Three Things I Like About The Bears This Season:

-Bears Better Than We Think?: Chicago is a difficult team to predict this season. Looking at their roster as a whole, it’s not that bad. Overall, they have what I would consider to be maybe 2-3 real big weaknesses on their team. It’s unfortunate for them that one of those weaknesses just so happens to come at the most important position on the football field, the QB position. If Mike Glennon can resemble a quality NFL starter at all, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see the Bears potentially flirt with a playoff spot come December. As silly as that may sound, it’s the honest truth. Chicago has actually done a decent job of building a quality roster.

-The Offensive Line: If the Bears are going to get any kind of quality play out of the QB position, it will likely be largely due to the play of the offensive line. Chicago doesn’t really have any weaknesses along the offensive line, which is a lot more than other NFL teams can say. The additions of Josh Sitton from Green Bay and Cody Whitehair from the NFL Draft have proven to be huge for the Bears and they should once again reap some benefits for those moves this year.

-The Defensive Front Seven: Much like their offensive line, Chicago is pretty loaded on the defensive line as well. Akiem Hicks is a stud. Eddie Goldman was good in a small sample size last season. Mitch Unrein is pretty good and the linebackers are all welcome to start on my NFL team any day of the week. Like I mentioned earlier, the Bears have an overall pretty decent roster and seem to me like they are only a few moves away from breaking out of the back of the pack and re-joining the NFL’s elite.

 

Three Things I Hate About The Bears This Season:

-The QB Position: The Bears aren’t getting a lot of love this season because of the uncertainty of their QB position. They have no idea what they are doing right now. First of all, they gave a big money contract to Mike Glennon in the off-season, who has largely been a back-up QB in the NFL the last few years. After that bonehead move, they went ahead and traded up in the draft and grabbed Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick and he probably won’t even play this season. In my opinion, the Bears have a much better chance to win with Glennon under center than Trubisky, which makes the selection of Trubisky even more puzzling to everyone. Get this thing figured out Chicago. It’s your only hope.

-John Fox: John Fox was a decent head coach in Carolina and Denver. He managed to get both teams to a Super Bowl appearance during his time there. It only took him two years to get the Panthers to the Super Bowl and it only took him three years to get Denver to the big game. That means historically, it should be considered an epic failure if Fox is unable to at least get the Bears to the playoffs in his third year with the team. He’s shown he can do it before, why not now? Because the game has passed him up. He’s done as far as being an effective head coach in the NFL is. Don’t be surprised if this is John Fox’s last year as a head coach in the NFL.

-Bye Bye Alshon: Alshon Jeffery was a bit of a disappointment his last few seasons in Chicago, so I understand why the team decided to move on from him. The dude is injury-prone and can’t be trusted and he’s Philly’s problem now. However, when he’s on the field, Jeffery is still one of the NFL’s best WR’s and I bet he REALLY would have helped the development of either Glennon or Trubisky this year. Like it or not, Alshon is a true #1 NFL WR and is one of those guys that you’d rather have on your team than on the other team. Chicago really could have used him this season.

 

The Prediction:

2-14

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