Good News Bears?

Jotham Israel, Sports Writer

Pardon the interruption, but the Chicago Bears just might be a team to look out for this upcoming NFL season.

The 2018 offseason was one of the best the Chicago Bears have had in recent years. With the hiring of Matt Nagy and several new coaches and a juiced up roster, the Bears are moving everywhere but backwards.

The Bears added 2016 Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack to their defense that ranked in the top ten in yards and points allowed and lead the league with 14 fumble recoveries in 2017.

All of the current starters on the Bears’ defense is under the age of 30, so there’s a lot of room for development and experience to kick in.

With that being said, defense is the last thing the Bears should be worrying about. They paid attention to that unproductive 2017 offense, specifically passing the football.

The inability to throw the football was the biggest issue the Bears had last season. The Bears had 2,811 passing yards, 13 passing touchdowns, and 144 first downs through the air in 2017, all three being the fewest in the league.

With the additions of former Jaguars star Allen Robinson, the dangerous and speedy Taylor Gabriel, and the versatile tight end Trey Burton, who won the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Bears surely won’t be dead last in any passing categories again.

This also adds more balance to the extremely young Bears’ offense with all of its starters also being under the age of 30.

Not only does second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky have better receivers to throw to, but  it also takes pressure off of promising running backs Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard to carry the load for the offense.

And on top of that, new Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy is a young, offensive minded coach, so don’t be surprised if you see the Bears scoring a lot of points.

The former offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs directed a balanced and dominant Kansas City offense that scored 42 touchdowns in 2017. If Nagy can translate that offensive production from the City of Fountains to the Windy City, the Monsters of the Midway will be one of the scariest offenses in the league.

But even though they’ve been building up talent, there’s still not many people that believe in the Bears, and if you look at the stats, you could see why.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the Bears are 90-1 longshots to win the Super Bowl. They haven’t beaten the arch-rival Green Bay Packers since Thanksgiving 2015, haven’t won 10 games since 2012, and have missed the playoffs every year since 2010.

Although, that doesn’t mean the NFC North is out of reach for the Bears. Their division rivals have their own scenarios.

The Packers have major issues with their defensive core, the Vikings need to get new quarterback Kirk Cousins familiar with their playbook, the Lions basically have the same team that hasn’t won the division since 1993, and all three teams have some of the toughest schedules in the league.

Hey, you never know. The Bears can make the unexpected jump that the Los Angeles Rams made last season.