NFL Team Preview- Chicago Bears
Here’s a look at the team preview for the Chicago Bears.
- Head Coach– Matt Nagy (1st year)
- Offensive Coordinator– Mark Helfrich
- Defensive Coordinator– Vic Fangio
ODDS TO WIN:
- NFC Championship- 35/1
- Super Bowl- 100/1
- Over/Under Win Totals- 6
Last 4 Season Win Totals:
- 2014- 5
- 2015- 6
- 2016- 3
- 2017- 5
Mitchell Trubisky is considered the future of this franchise. He has great arm strength and shows excellent arm strength. His weakness center around the fact that is isn’t particularly accurate with his throws. He needs to show improvement in the pocket. His backups are Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray. Combined they have 12 years experience and two starts with 79 career passes.
With a new coach, the running backs must catch passes. Jordan Hamilton will be the guy the lean on at this position. He doesn’t have much experience and has a concern with his hands. Tarik Cohen can catch and burn but is small for the position. Benny Cunningham can do many things from his spot but is lacking in speed. This position is an issue for the Bears.
The addition of Allen Robinson gives the Bears a deep threat to work with while Slot man Taylor Gabriel has lightning speed and Trey Burton has secure hands to catch the ball. Anthony Miller, drafted out of Memphis, will get chances to play.
Cody Whitehair alternates positions and would be better served to get one spot on the field. Kyle Long, Pro Bowl guard, has a bevy of injuries he has to overcome each year but he is effective on the field.
If you want big guys, then Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks will get it for you. They have proven to create havoc with the inside rush. Teams that rush on the outside against the Bears have better success. Jonathan Bullard will get an end position while Bilal Nichols and John Jenkins complete the field.
With the loss of 40 sacks from last season, Chicago has to find ways to replace McPhee and Young. Aaron Lynch will be on the edge while Leonard Floyd must turn into a big play guy. Sam Acho has moved into a starting spot but this entire group is a tad slow.
Everyone returns from this from the secondary that was a surprise unit last season. Eddie Jackson and Adrian Amos man the safety spots and play with physicality and determination. Kyle Fuller, a cornerback, shot down all concern last year and Prince Amukamara will cover receivers,
Punter Pat O’Donnell 47-yard7 yard average last year to surprise everyone and kicker Cody Parkey was accurate on almost 87% of his attempts. Long snapper Patrick Scales appears healthy and ready to return to the field.
August 2- Ravens AWAY 8 PM (in Canton, Ohio)
August 9- Bengals AWAY 6 PM
August 18- Broncos AWAY 8 PM
August 25- Chiefs HOME NOON
August 30- Bills HOME 7 PM
Regular Season Schedule:
(all games Central time)
September 9- Packers AWAY 7:20 PM
September 16- Seahawks HOME 7:15 PM
September 23- Cardinals AWAY 3:25 PM
September 30- Buccaneers HOME NOON
October 7- BYE WEEK
October 14- Dolphins AWAY NOON
October 21- Patriots HOME NOON
October 28- NY Jets HOME NOON
November 4- Bills AWAY NOON
November 11- Lions HOME NOON
November 18- Vikings HOME NOON
November 22- Lions AWAY NOON
December 2- NY Giants AWAY NOON
December 9- LA Rams HOME NOON
December 16- Packers HOME NOON
December 23- 49’ers AWAY 3:05 PM
December 30- Vikings AWAY NOON
Chairman- George H. McCaskey
General Manager- Ryan Pace