As we finally get back to the 2018 NFL season, we take a look at the Chicago Bears. We preview the season and make predictions as they look to reverse the struggles of the last half-decade.
Football is back! The 2018 NFL season starts this week. The Chicago Bears spent the offseason overhauling the roster. They spent the preseason trying to get all the right pieces together. Then they capped everything with a blockbuster trade that could transform the season.
The Bears struggled through the last eight seasons. They haven’t made the playoffs in seven seasons. They’ve had five straight losing record seasons and finished in last place in the NFC North the last four seasons.
Hopefully, all that will become a distant memory. General manager Ryan Pace made it a priority to do what he could to change the Bears’ misfortunes. He gave quarterback Mitch Trubisky weapons to work with and a coaching staff to help in his development. He did a masterful job of keeping defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and re-signing key players.
Was it all enough, though? Pace must have thought not because on cut day he pulled off a blockbuster deal to bring in a generational player. He brought in Khalil Mack and promptly signed him to a record (for a defensive player) six-year, $141 million deal.
All those moves cumulatively brought Bears fans to smile. Hope is at the highest level since 2010 (when they made it to the NFC Championship game).
Of course, wins and losses don’t happen on paper. Pace did what he could and now it’s time for the players do their part. Are we entering a new era of winning for the Chicago Bears? We’ll see. In the meantime, let’s preview the season and make some predictions that are probably certain to be wrong.