Chicago Bears Season Preview

2016 Record: 3-13 – 4th in NFC North

2016 Leaders
Passing: Matt Barkley – 1,611 yards, 8 TD, 14 INT
Rushing: Jordan Howard – 1,313 yards, 6 TD
Receiving: Cameron Meredith – 888 yards, 4 TD
Tackles: Jerrell Freeman – 110
Sacks: Willie Young – 7.5
Interceptions: Cre’von LeBlanc/Tracy Porter – 2


Key Additions
QB Mike Glennon
QB Mitch Trubisky
WR Rueben Randle
TE Dion Sims
CB Prince Amukamara
SS Quintin Demps

Key Losses
QB Jay Cutler
QB Brian Hoyer
WR Alshon Jeffery
WR Eddie Royal
C Ted Larsen
CB Tracy Porter


Pros
– The #7 pass defense in 2016 has only gotten better. Quintin Demps is a very nice addition at safety, and Prince Amukamara is a definite improvement over Tracy Porter.
– The quarterback situation can’t be any worse than it was in 2016. Glennon showed promise in his days in Tampa and it’s a good thing that Trubisky isn’t being forced into the starting role immediately.
– Jordan Howard and the interior offensive line will provide offense even when the passing game fails.

Concerns
– Right back to Howard. He is a bit concerning in regards to his playstyle. He’s a bruising, powerful back but seems to lack explosiveness and is slow to get going. If the line takes a step back or if the passing game continues to fail miserably, Howard may suffer.
– Chicago was 27th against the run last year and they didn’t take any steps to remedy the situation. A full season of Danny Trevathan will help, but he was present for 11 games and things were still bad.
– Who is Glennon going to throw to? Cam Meredith is solid, but do you really expect Reuben Randall, Victor Cruz, or Markus Wheaton to step up and be a guy in this offense? Maybe Kevin White will feel like playing this year.


Projection: 4-12, fourth in AFC North.

The Bears have a long way to go however I think Glennon is good enough to make them compete. I have them taking a game from each division opponent and stealing a win against Carolina early, but this is an incomplete team with more holes than talent.

I could see Chicago maxing out at 6-10 in 2017, but I could also see them doing even worse than 4-12 if Glennon doesn’t perform to expectation. Hang in there, Bears fans.

 

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