The Bears saw significant regression in 2019. Here are their top five needs to address in the 2020 NFL Draft and beyond to become contenders again.
The 2019 season was a disappointment for the Chicago Bears, who were coming off a 12-4 season. There were expectations for regression outside of Chicago going into the season, but the team itself believed it was ready to take the next step. It was clear that the defense would likely take a step back following a great season the year before, but it more than kept up its part. Unfortunately, the offense fell flat on its face. They have the 2020 NFL Draft and free agency to attempt to correct these errors.
After a disappointing performance, Trubisky has received his fair share of criticism, and the questions around him are growing. It will be telling how the organization feels about his future in Chicago by what they do this off-season. Will they bring in a veteran to compete in training camp for the starting role? Will general manager Ryan Pace be able to admit he made a mistake if Trubisky has another bad year?
Of course, Pace will have to work hard this off-season to find weapons to put around Trubisky for him to succeed. If we want to dig deeper, we could ask the question of whether or not head coach Matt Nagy has to hold back parts of the offense for Trubisky? Is he struggling to pick up the west coast offense that Nagy wants to run? That would answer some questions regarding the timing and lack of creativity in the offense.
Another avenue to explore is whether or not Nagy has the players to run his full offense. While not all west coast offenses require a big, physical, pass-catching tight end, that might be one of the missing keys to getting this offense going again. He doesn’t have that tight end weapon that is a matchup nightmare for defenses to lean on. It would also greatly benefit Trubisky to have one of those as well. Not one of Chicago’s tight ends eclipsed 100 yards in 2019. Between Trey Burton missing time to injuries or young backups not developing, the Bears have a hole in a critical role for Nagy’s offense.
There’s plenty of blame to go around in Chicago, which is why we have to take a look at the top needs for the Bears to get back on track in 2020. It will require some tough decisions surrounding the roster with cutting players to free up space, and another draft without a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Ryan Pace has some work to do, and based on what he does to address the issues this offseason will paint a clear picture about the near future for the organization.