Bears training camp will offer several critical position battles in Chicago.
What a difference a season makes. Last preseason, the Chicago Bears were still beaming from a 12-4 record and a playoff berth in 2018 (they were also still stinging from the double-doink playoff exit). There were high hopes both from the team and the fans. Many expected a Super Bowl run in 2019.
There wasn’t much talk about position battles and how the roster would be different from the previous season. People felt comfortable with the roster and didn’t give it much thought. The main concern was the competition among kickers.
Now, after the Bears finished 8-8 and struggled mightily on offense in 2019, things are very different. People are questioning the roster. There have been some major changes and others that are about to happen. There are quite a few position battles taking place.
Last season, the Bears felt that the kicker competition brought out the best in each player involved. They felt that improvement would carry over to the regular season. The results were mixed on kicker Eddy Pineiro, however. He struggled (especially in the middle of the season) at times, but got back on track and made his last 11 field goal attempts to finish strong.
The Bears hope the battles really do help the team this season. With the number of battles going on, the carryover will be important. If the Bears are to improve from their mediocre 2019 record, the results of those position battles have to carry over into the season. If the coaches make a bad decision, the results will be detrimental.
Saying that here are three position battles that will be the most important to helping the Chicago Bears have a successful 2020 campaign.