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Written by: Nicholas Mullick Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-mullick-354076184/
With Training Camp about to start for the NFL in a few weeks, there are questions that follow each team. Like I did with the Panthers, I will be doing the Top 5 Biggest questions for every team heading into Training Camp. Next up is the Chicago Bears who originally had the 7th Overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, until they traded it to the Giants in order to draft Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft.
1. What Wide Receiver will stand out not named Darnell Mooney?
Ok, I will start this out by asking you, Excluding Darnell Mooney without Googling it name me another Bears wide receiver on this team. Go ahead. Exactly you can’t because the Bears wide receivers are not good at all. Darnell Mooney is the number 1 receiver, but I think he is more of a number 2 or 3 receiver. Byron Pringle is only here due to his connections with Ryan Poles in Kansas City. Equanimeous St. Brown did nothing in Green Bay. Dante Pettis stinks and has been a complete bust since being drafted in the 2nd round by the 49ers in the 2018 NFL Draft. I was a big Tajae Sharpe guy when he got drafted in 2018, but he has disappointed. Nsimba Walker is a special teams player. David Moore, no offense to him, but I forgot he was still in the league. So the Bears needed to draft a receiver and they decided to draft Velus Jones. I was not a big Velus Jones guy and I thought this selection was a complete reach. The Bears don't have a lot of great receivers, so who will stand out in the next few months?
2. Do the Chicago Bears have a great offensive lineman not named Cody Whitehair?
The Chicago Bears had one job and that is to get offensive lineman to help protect. Well did they resign their best o-lineman in James Daniels to a new deal, well no. They decided to let him go for nothing. So did Chicago sign anybody to help protect Justin Fields, Not really. They only signed Lucas Patrick, but he wasn’t great with Green Bay. He was solid, but not great. Teven Jenkins had injury issues and he is an unknown if he will be a great player. Julien Davenport is a journeyman player. Braxton Jones, they took in the 6th round and I was not high on him. Larry Borom wasn’t terrible but had a nagging ankle issue. The Bears o-line is not good at all and Justin Fields is going to run around for his life. Hopefully, someone can impress me in Chicago, but I am not sure. I wish the Bears o-line luck.
3. Who will be the guy replacing DT Akiem Hicks?
I was absolutely perplexed when I heard the Bears parted ways with Hicks. I get it is due to salary reasons, but he was one of the best parts of that defense. So who is going to be the guy who truly replaces him? I would have said Larry Ogunjobi and be done, but the Bears voided his contract due to an injury. So let's go through the options. Angelo Blackmon is a solid rotational guy who showed flashes but was not the most consistent. The same goes for Justin Jones as well. Mike Pennell is mainly a veteran depth piece. Khyiris Tonga is a decent player but is more of a rotational player. Micah Dew-Treadway is a mystery, undrafted player. I don’t feel confident there is a guy that can replace Hicks. To be honest I am shocked the Bears did not use a draft pick on a defensive lineman during the 2022 NFL Draft.
4. Is Eberflus the answer for the Head Coach?
This is mainly a long-term question for the Bears, but it is absolutely necessary. This team has not had a head coach since Lovie Smith left in 2014. Marc Trestman came in with a lot of hype, but it did not help. Trestman is often regarded as one of the worst coaches in Bears history. Next up is John Fox, who again did not pan out. Matt Nagy had promised his first year, but in time he got worse and worse as a coach. Now the Bears will try with former Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. I am shocked he got this job after that disgraceful week 18 performance where the Colts offense and defense did not perform well against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars were one of the worst teams in the NFL and that should have taken Eberflus out of the head coaching candidates. I wish Eberflus luck because this is a big year in Justin Fields' development.
5. Why are the Chicago Bears, are failing QB Justin Fields?
Normally I would keep the offense first, but I decided to put this last. Mainly because of how the Chicago Bears have been handling Justin Fields. I hate to say this but they failed QB Justin Fields. Why well let's start with choosing the wrong time to blow up the entire team. I get it was due to secondary reasons, but what about surrounding him with the talent to work with. They failed to do that as their offensive line is terrible, their wide receivers suck, and you hired a defensive-minded coach to help your team.
Also, look at who their offensive coordinator is Luke Getsy. He is a guy with little professional experience in the NFL, especially in play calling. Getsy was the QB coach for the Packers the past few years. Do you really think the addition of Jersey made him Aaron Rodgers Great? Nonsense it is Aaron Rodgers. If he is so great, look at how the offense was with Jordan Love as the QB. Also, LaFleur was calling plays in Green Bay. I wish Getsy luck, but this move is not going to help Fields at all.
The Bears are failing Justin Fields as he's got no support system whatsoever, none. Shoutout to Dan Orlovsky as he mentioned this on his Twitter account. He states “How much money their teams spent on 2nd year QB supporting cast for 2022 season: Patriots (108M, most), Jets (90M, 4th-most), Jags (89M, 7th-most), Bears ($52M, 2nd-fewest).” If that is not telling as to how they truly don’t care about Fields, then I don’t know what does. I hope I am wrong with this because Fields has talent and he showcased it last season. But this season is going to be a long one in Chicago.