Progression not perfection – the 2020 Chicago Bears Preview

The scene, a brightly lit room, the kind you might find at a medical facility, or that nice place your unreliable cousin got sent on that “vacation” last year

Unidentified voice: Hello everyone, welcome to another session. Today I’d like to welcome a new assembly. Before we begin continuing last week, I’d like to introduce or newest member, one Mitch Trubisky!

Trubisky: Actually I prefer to algo by Mitchell, and I”m honestly not sure where this is. Looks like a rehab clinic.

Voice: that’s because it is!

Trubisky: Trent dilfer? Why are you here? and why am I in rehab? I have no substance abuse issues

Dilfer: first off  that’s Superbowl Champion Trent Dilfer, oh, not regular rehab, QB image rehab. We’re here to fix your image, so you can get back on your feet, like this guy:

And this guy:

Trubisky sits there in dumbfounded silence

The bears enter their 101st season (just feels weird typing it out) with a quite a few questions, with qb being the biggest one, but before we delve into that, let’s look at the other aspects of the team:

Defense: still top notch.  This unit was very close to being a top 5 defense last year, and even if there’s a dropoff it shouldn’t be too dramatic. Its absurd how quickly this unit has been forgotten in all the criticism of trubisky. The biggest question mark for the defense is the loss of nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who has opted out of the season. Will the other Bears D-linemen step up? Aikeem Hicks was hampered by injury last year, and was already had a mild injury in camp.

Well then, let’s check out those offensive groups:

Wide recivers: 

Allen robinson, and that’s it.

Okay maybe the other guys can contribute, but I’m not gonna holding my breath that Anthony miller, ted Ginn, or Calvin Ridley are gonna suddenly turn into productive players. Miller in particular after he badly regressed after a promising rookie year.

The only player I’d keep an eye on is Darnell Mooney. The rookie has been turning heads in camp

Tight ends:

The decaying corpse of Jimmy Graham and a rookie from Notre Dame who’s last name I can’t pronounce. I’m sure this will bode well for a system that relies on tight end production. If nothing else, we got rid of trey burton.

Running backs:

Tarik will continue to be the sizzle to David Montgomery’s   not yet proven steak. I actually something of a breakout season for Montgomery assuming the injury bug does rear its ugly head.

Insert picture of david Montgomery injured  because DFO wordpress sucks

Oh god damn it.

Also Cordelle Patterson is  now listed as a running back. While I actually think this is more in line the way he’s used on offense, this feels like a weird attempt to make up for a lack of running back depth.

Never mind, the absolute latest depth chart has him as a receiver again. Crisis avoided?

Quarterbacks

So we’ve finally arrived to the big question. How will quarterback Mitchell Trubisky fare in his fourth year. I’m not even gonna entertain the possibiltiy that Nick Foles ever had a chance starting the season. Trubisky got a lot of criticism for last year. And you can bet your polish sausage I got an opinion about that.

I honestly think trubisky got a bad rap last year. Maybe its the bears homer in me, but I saw a lot of problems. Injures to the receivers and tight ends, a subpar o-line, and a non existent run game, and while those problems haven’t been explicitly solved, they’ve been somewhat addressed.

Yeah both Mahomes and Watson are better than Trubisky. But its blatant hindsight. I’m so sick of everytime the bears do ANYTHING its put instantly put under a microscope so the talking heads can circle jerk each other about one of the league’s most popular teams without fear that they might make a serious run at the playoffs. Idon’t care how stupid it sounds. Trubisky was bad last year. He was good the year before. A regression of that level means outside factors. And trust me, there were outside factors, now back to our protagonist:

Mitchell: I’m sorry, this is absurd. There’s no comparison between us. All three of you were drafted with far more expectations than me, and those who want to write me off as a bust made up their mind before I ever stepped on the field. I’m outta here

There you have it. A scathing take on the bears haters. The people who say I’m making excuses are just as likely to turn around and make every excuse in the world for their own QBs.

Come hell high water I will support this team.

Bear down mother fuckers.

Also, we’re gonna be lucky to 8-8

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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King Hippo

Bear Down! FOAR There Will BE Midterms

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Looks a bit more like Cleveland’s, but yeah, the last twenty starters are a nice list.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

Your 2020 Chicago Bears: Literally an Afterthought.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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A few more juleps and it will be okay.

blaxabbath

HOW CAN A TEAM OWNED BY A GRADUATE OF ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY BE A VICTIM OF CRIMINAL MISMANAGEMENT ?!

ALSO WHY HASN’T EVERY BEARS PREVIEW CONDEMNED URLACHER’S TWEET?!

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Unsurprised

No one gives a fuck about a cue ball from the worst town in New Mexico and his social media.

Col. Duke LaCross

Ugh. My liver has never been happier than now that I have to work every Sunday afternoon until mid-October. That being said, as shitheap seasons go, last year’s 8-8 was pretty good in comparison to the Wannstedt/Jauron/Trestman/Fox eras. If that’s as bad as we can get, I’ll take it.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Horatio Cornblower

Hindsight my ass. I wrote this months before the 2017 draft, and I’m an idiot:

  1. CHICAGO BEARS. North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky.  Should they do this? Oh hell no. Will they do this? Oh hell yes. I’m not even putting any thought into this. They just let Jay Cutler leave and brought in Mike Glennon. Mike Glennon is not the QB of anyone’s future and with that offensive line I’d be stunned if he was the QB of the Bears much past Week 6. What the Bears should do is trade this pick, try to get a lower pick in the first round and either another 2nd or 3rd this year and a 2nd or 3rd next year. Not to show my Cowboys colors here while doing so anyway but I can see Ol’ Double J overpaying for a chance at draft Allen here. Especially now that Romo hasn’t actually been released back into the wild. And no, not even the Bears are dumb enough to trade the pick for Romo straight-up, although I’d love it if they did. Trading for draft picks probably won’t help the Bears now but it would help them restock for 2-3 years down the road. But the Bears are a shit organization and the hype around Trubisky and a high-pick QB is just too sexy for a team with their bad press to ignore so Trubisky goes to Chicago and is an arthritic cripple in three years. PROVE ME WRONG BEARS!!! TRADE THE PICK!!!
BrettFavresColonoscopy

I mean, they did trade the pick…

Horatio Cornblower

That’s fair. No one saw Mahomes as a Top-5 pick. I didn’t even have him going to in the 1st round that year because all the other writers I stole stuff from barely mentioned him. I think Watson, however, was seen as the better prospect and the Bears might have been better off taking him, or they might not have, because they would have just Bears’d his career.

Also Watson is one of those guys who seems to have tons of talent and potential, but just doesn’t quite put it all together, (see also, Prescott, Dak), although in Watson’s case I’d love to see what he could do with a couple of seasons under someone not named Bill O’Brien.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

So true; people have opinions about draft choices and it is the same as flipping a coin only the odds of picking correctly are much less. Teams spend millions doing analysis on these dudes and it is still a matter of weighted chance if the individual will work in the NFL, let alone their individual system. People will say something (+ or -) and be correct one in 100 and then say “I KNEW IT!” (Mel makes a very good living doing this). The big pressure is picking the right QB which makes teams desperate, which makes them take chances by projecting, thus reducing the odds of success. They can even pick right, then throw the individual into the chaos of changing coaches and systems of an unstable desperate team and the chances of success are even less.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

You are truly a genus.

King Hippo

Smokin’ Jay is that perfectly cromulent QB that you are sure you can improve on…then you don’t. Donks went through that desert wandering, too.

BrettFavresColonoscopy

Trubisky does unfairly get the heat for the godawful to trade up to get him when there was no way he wasn’t already going to be there.

He fairly gets the heat for being dumb as rocks.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

But he should get more praise being unafraid to kiss them titties.

Horatio Cornblower

That trade was just unbelievably bad. So bad.