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The Chicago Bears went through a season of transition a year ago. They began the year with Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback, but early on in the season, they switched to rookie Mitch Trubisky, who they traded up to select second overall in the 2017 draft. He performed very well, especially late in the year. So what did the team do this offseason to move forward?
First and foremost, they fired head coach John Fox. For Fox, this might have been his last coaching stop, as he is on the wrong side of 60, has been doing this for decades, and is now going into television. The Bears replaced Fox with Matt Nagy, an offensive genius. This was specifically a move designed to help Trubisky. Next, they released quarterback Mike Glennon, safety Quinton Demps, outside linebacker Willie Young, wide receiver Markus Wheaton, and outside linebacker Pernell Mcphee. Right before free agency, they re-signed cornerback Prince Amukamara and outside linebacker Sam Acho. On day one of free agency they went out made three big moves to strengthen their offense signing wide receiver Allen Robinson, tight end Trey Burton, and wide receiver Taylor Gabriel. They also went out and signed a new backup quarterback to Trubisky in Chase Daniel.
For the draft, needed a pass rusher bad, so they used the 8th selection overall in round one on outside linebacker Roquan Smith from Georgia. With that settled, they turned their attention back to offense with their pair of second-round selections with center James Daniels from Iowa and wide receiver Anthony Miller from Memphis. They went back to defense on the next three choices with outside linebacker Joel Iyiebgbuniwe from Western Kentucky, defensive tackle Bilal Nichols from Delaware, and Kylie Fitts, a defensive end from Utah. They finished their draft with wide receiver Javon Wims from Georgia.
The Bears made lots of changes. Whether those changes translate into wins in 2018 remain to be seen.
The Chicago Bears muddled through the 2016 season on their way to a 3-13 record, good for last place in the NFC North division and tied for the third worst record overall league-wide. The Bears were just one of two teams to go 0-8 on the road in 2016. This offseason, the Bears knew what they had to do, and that was fix their quarterback situation. First, the Bears released longtime starting quarterback Jay Cutler, who promptly retired. Over the years, Cutler was considered to be one of the most talented quarterbacks in recent memory, but never really lived up to that billing. Their next move in the quarterback department was to add former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Glennon via restricted free agency.
Their biggest move was the big draft day trade. They worked to move up to take North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky with the second selection overall. They also made a number of smaller “depth moves” in free agency. They signed defensive back Quintin Demps, tight end Dion Simms, wide receiver Markus Wheaton, cornerback Prince Amukamara, defensive tackle John Jenkins, quarterback Mark Sanchez, and running back Benny Cunningham. They also re-signed linebacker Sam Acho and wide receiver Deonte Thompson as well. For the Bears and whatever success they have in 2017, it all boils down to Mitch Trubisky. The future of this franchise rests on his shoulders.
The bears won it all in Super Bowl 20. That season, their defense was the best in the league, but people forget that their offense was producing an average of 28.5 points per game. That was second best in the NFL, with the Chargers leading the league in offense that year. During their playoff run, they gave up just ten points in total, shutting out the Giants and Rams before crushing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. They returned to the Super Bowl in 2007, losing to Indianapolis 29-17.
Chicago is a perennial contender for the NFC North title. Jay Cutler was leading the way again in 2015. Cutler holds the franchise record for “all time passing leader” and just signed a long-term contract that should keep him in Bears “blue and orange” for years to come. If he sticks around long enough, his number might hang next to the Bears all time greats like Bronko Nagurski, George Halas, Gale Sayers, Walter Payton, and Dick Butkus.
The Chicago Bears 2015 season did not go according to plan. They finished with a record of 6-10 losing all but one home game this season.
The Chicago Bears were founded in 1920 as the Decatur Staleys and are one of the two remaining founding members of the National Football League, the other being the Arizona Cardinals, who were originally known as the Chicago Cardinals. There is obviously nobody around to verify this as true or not true, but according to the story, George Halas, received a phone call from a man named George Chamberlain, the Superintendent of the A.E. Staley Company, in March of 1920. Chamberlain told Halas the company had formed a football team and asked Halas to come to Decatur and run the team. Halas agreed, and the rest is history. After playing their first two seasons in Decatur, Illinois, the team moved to Chicago in 1921, and in 1922 changed their name to the Chicago Bears. The franchise played their first two seasons at a place called Staley Field, which has long since been demolished.
In 1921, when the franchise moved to Chicago, they played at Wrigley Field until 1970. In 1971 they moved into the original Soldier Field, which they would occupy until 2001. The Bears played the 2002 season in Champaign, Illinois, at Memorial Field, while Soldier Field was mostly demolished and returned in 2003 to the renovated Soldier Field.
Bears Playoff History
The Bears are a tradition rich team. Throughout their history the Bears have made the playoffs 26 times, the last being in 2010. The Bears have won their division 18 times, the last coming in 2010. The Bears have won their conference four times, the last coming in 2006. The Bears have also won the NFL Championship 9 times, but only one of those has come in the Super Bowl era, 1985.
The Bears have spent most of this decade so far trying to figure out if they are coming or going, or what exactly they are doing in general for that matter. Right now, the consensus among fans who know NFL football is that with the Packers established, and the Vikings on the rise, the Bears should rebuild. There are a lot of football loyalists who disagree within the organization, and they especially disagree with the team’s 93-year-old owner who wants to win a Super Bowl before she passes on. This is why there is a common ideal among many that owners should just butt out. The Bears will continue to struggle with this group of players as they are. The team would benefit from a “ground up” rebuild, sooner than later.