Written by: John Stocco
Even though the Bears look like they’re down and out in the NFC it’s still always nice to see them win and celebrate Victory Monday. Though the Bears won and moved to 5-6 before Thanksgiving, the needs remain the same. The Bears have holes on this team and they cannot be filled overnight. I promised my followers that my articles on the Bears will no longer dwell on the negatives because honestly, how many more times can I write about Mitch Trubisky’s struggles, or the lack of running game, or a terrible offensive line? It’s getting repetitive and I’m getting bored of talking about it. This article gives you an idea of where the Bears can place their focus during free agency and the NFL draft. Thankfully, it’s almost that time of the year.
You’re expecting me to say quarterback to start this thing out, aren’t you? Yeah, you are. I don’t think I can. I’m telling you all this right now, Mitch Trubisky is not going anywhere. He’s staying, and the Bears are riding with him until his contract ends. The money just doesn’t add up for Cam Newton or Andy Dalton, free agents options like Case Keenum or Phillip Rivers isn’t much of an upgrade that’s worth moving on from Trubisky, and the Bears are in a position in the draft that if they take a quarterback, guys like Jake Fromm, Jordan Love, and Jalen Hurts, will be available, but most likely won’t be ready to start day one in the NFL. Why would the Bears put that pressure on Mitch Trubisky? I’m on team Cam here, but I just don’t see the Bears moving on from Trubisky. He took him over Mahomes and Watson, he drafted up to get him, that’s his guy. I don’t know many general managers who are ready to move on from their guy. Can the Bears even win with Trubisky anymore? Two things are in order for that to still be a possibility. Mitch Trubisky needs to work on reading defenses, being a multiple read quarterback, and being a more accurate passer in the pocket. Also, the Bears need to re-tool this roster as there are a lot of positions that need upgrades.
Allen Robinson is a superstar, and he’s been the best player on the Bears this season, but who else is left? Taylor Gabriel can’t stop dropping balls and he’s likely to be cut next year. Anthony Miller isn’t consistent, Javon Wims is mostly used on run plays, and Riley Ridley can’t even get on the field. In this stacked wide receiver class the Bears must shoot their shot with one of them in the 2nd or 5th round in the draft. In the second, the Bears can get some first-round talent if there are 4-5 quarterbacks taken in the 1st round. The talent in this wide receiving class is never-ending. It is the most stacked class is recent memory, and if teams are in the market for wide receivers this will be their favorite draft of all time. The Bears need to acquire receivers that can get yards after the catch, and create separation with corners to help make the receiving windows bigger and easier to complete for Mitch Trubisky. Players like Michael Pittman out of USC, Brandon Ayiuk out of Arizona State, Tyler Johnson out of Minnesota, and Devonta Smith out of Alabama are players that I would keep a close eye on as we enter bowl season.
This has been a need since last year. The Bears tried it out with Trey Burton, and they failed. They tried a wild card draft pick in Adam Shaheen, they failed. Dion Sims failed. Bradley Sowell failed. The Bears have JP Holtz, Jesper Horsted, and Ben Brauncecker as their tight ends. Absolutely miserable on paper, and not better on the field. Mitch Trubisky found a wide-open Ben Braunecker that would have led to a touchdown, Trubisky hit him in stride, and Braunecker dropped it. The Bears tight end group has failed to be a safety blanket for Trubisky in short passes, and they don’t have a tight end that can drop down in a three-point stance and help the offensive line in the running game. A blocking tight end and another receiving threat is what the Bears need out of their next group of tight ends. Cole Kmet of Notre Dame, Mitchell Wilcox of USF, Matt Bushman out of BYU, and Harrison Bryant out of FAU are some tight ends I expect to be high on the Bears draft board.
We cannot continue to waste David Montgomery behind this offensive line. Bobbie Massie is a shell of himself, Charles Leno is a step slower every single day, and Rashaad Coward isn’t a starting guard in this league. Whitehair and Daniels haven’t even played well this year, but with how young they are and the potential they’ve shown in previous seasons you have to keep them around. The offensive line issue should be addressed in the draft and through free agency. Adding depth, and adding day one starters. The Bears need to rebuild their offensive line, and to start that the names you should keep an eye on are Jason Spriggs, Graham Glasgow, and Joe Thuney, current UFA’s. Also Creed Humphrey from Oklahoma, Tyler Biadsz from Wisconsin, and Lucas Niang from TCU.
Edge is not an absolute need because Khalil Mack isn’t going anywhere, and Leonard Floyd will be back for his fifth-year option, so the starters are set, but the Bears need to add depth on the edge and add more pressure on the quarterback and in the running game. Curtis Weaver out of Boise State and James Lynch out of Baylor are players that get to the quarterback, collapse the pocket, and make it harder for offenses to operate.
The Bears need to add some corners in their room. Prince Amukamara isn’t nearly himself, and players like Duke Shelley and Kevin Toliver aren’t ready to take on starting roles for the Bears defense. The Bears should take advantage of the secondary market as there are some good options in the draft. Shaun Wade out of Ohio State, Jeff Gladney out of TCU, Lamar Jackson out of Nebraska, Cameron Dantzler out of Mississippi State, and Paulson Adebo out of Stanford.
It’s November 25th, and I’m already talking about free agency and the draft. It sucks in all honesty, but if the Bears are going to keep Trubisky, and take another shot at the Super Bowl, the process of re-tooling must start now.