TDT Preseason NFL Power Rankings No. 31: Chicago Bears
It’s a new era in the Windy City, as the Chicago Bears are now living life post-Jay Cutler. It’s about time, right? But things aren’t all that great right now for the Bears. There are plenty of questions that still need to be answered, and not just at the quarterback position. There is some potential here, but it will take a great deal for this team to actually reach it.
What I Like: Their interior line on both sides of the ball are pretty solid. On offense, they have a solid unit, which features Pro Bowlers Josh Sitton and Kyle Long, as well as rookie Cody Whitehair. On defense, Akiem Hicks was a force last season and coupled with Eddie Goldman, they could be hard to stop up front. A lot of games are won in the trenches, so it’ll be interesting to see the difference it makes.
What I Hate: The Bears front office did little to nothing to help this football team. For a team with so many holes to fill, you would think that task wouldn’t be that hard. But, they potentially reached for Mitch Trubisky after handing out a ridiculous contract to Mike Glennon. The whole thing makes absolutely makes no sense, but hey what do I know? You would think they’d go out and upgrade the receiver position after losing Alshon Jeffery, but nope that would make too much sense.
Offensive MVP: RB Jordan Howard Howard was just a fifth-round draft pick last year, but he proved to be one of the biggest steals of the draft. He’s made a name for himself, breaking the Bears rookie rushing record, tallying 1,313 yards on the ground. Howard is a fearless runner and behind a solid offensive line, he is expected to be a focal point in Chicago’s offensive attack.
Defensive MVP: DE Akiem Hicks Hicks was arguably the best defensive player on the Bears roster a season ago, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see him be that guy once again in 2017-18. He led the team with seven sacks last year and proved that he can be one of the building blocks of Chicago’s new look defense. They will desperately need another big year from Hicks.
Season Outlook: The Bears went 3-13 last season and as crazy as it might seem to have them ranked so low, they really haven’t gotten better in the offseason. So, why should we expect some sort of drastic change? You won’t fool me. As good as Howard is, he won’t be enough to carry this team. The questions at quarterback are a point of concern and I think there are unfair expectations placed on both guys. The defense has a long way to go as well, despite having a decent amount of talent on that side of the ball. I just don’t feel comfortable placing any type of bet on the Bears this season.
4-12, 4th in NFC North