We are revamping the 20 non-playoff teams in the NFL. The 2016 regular season is over it’s time to play general manager to fix your NFL team.
Today, we take a look at how to repair the Chicago Bears in the offseason. We will be exposing their deficiencies and accenting their strengths.
The Bears are fresh off a 3-13 season, that’s their worst record since 1982’. The Bears have holes on both sides of the ball, mainly the defensive side. Chicago was ranked 15th in total offense in the NFL. They were also 18th in total defense, which isn’t that good nor that bad.
Offensively, the Bears are solid. They boast a middle of the pack offense. Chicago has very good talent on this side of the ball. They have two pro bowlers this year in rookie running back Jordan Howard, and veteran offensive guard Josh Sitton. When you add previous pro bowlers Kyle Long, Alshon Jeffery, along with all-rookie team center Cody Whitehair, this group becomes extremely good. At receiver, a healthy Kevin White and an emerging Cameron Meredith give the passing game some promise.Tight end Zach Miller is solid, if unspectacular.The Bears are ready to succeed on offense.
With that being said, they have two pressing offensive needs. They really need a triggerman, gunslinger, or just a dependable quarterback. Jay Cutler obviously isn’t the answer. Last year the Bears played four different quarterbacks at one time or another. Chicago has to upgrade their offensive tackle play. With right tackle Bobby Massie not playing up to his contract, he’s potentially a cap casualty. Left tackle Charles Leno is steady, but could be replaced in the ideal scenario. His replacement is needed.
The Defense is in rebuilding mode. They’re in their second year of transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. At this point general manager Ryan Pace is just stockpiling talent. The Bears added very good front seven talent in free agency with the additions of Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman, and Akiem Hicks. They drafted impact rookie pass rusher Leonard Floyd, along with linebacker Nick Kwaitkoski. The Bears defense didn’t play badly yardage wise, however, they were in the top 10 in touchdowns scored against.
Chicago needs a dominant defensive lineman, a run stopper with decent pass rushing skills. Eddie Goldman is a solid run defender, but doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher. Mitch Unrein could definitely be upgraded. The next level is cornerback. Other than undrafted rookie Cre’Von Le Blanc, the injury riddled Bears didn’t have any answers in the secondary. Ideally, oft-injured Kyle Fuller can stay on the field and contribute. The last line of defense is safety. Chicago needs an athletic, strong, fast safety that can cover in space, and knock your block off when needed.Free safety Adrian Amos is reliable starter. However, strong safety Harold Quartey-Jones is just a guy.
KEY FREE AGENTS
WR Alshon Jeffery
QB Brian Hoyer
WR/KR Deonte Thompson
POSSIBLE FIRST ROUND DRAFT TARGETS (3RD PICK)
DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama
DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford
S Malik Hooker, Ohio State
S Jamal Adams, LSU
CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
I just took a stab at repairing the Chicago Bears. Their four pressing needs are offensive tackle, cornerback, safety, and franchise quarterback. Yeah, I know. Good luck with that final need. This zoo has a twenty four team line waiting to see that unicorn. Thanks for tuning in for this session of “Repair My NFL Team”. List your favorite team with the hashtag #repairmyteam, yours maybe next.