Would the Chicago Bears benefit from drafting just one side of the ball to make it dominant? The following is some reasoning for such a move, and a mock draft that might make it exciting.
Over the last twenty Super Bowls, including the Chicago Bears’ appearance, having a top-ten unit – either in terms of points for or points against – is nearly mandatory. In fact, only one out of the forty Super Bowl teams made it to the big dance without a top-ten offense or defense (hint: they shocked everyone, needed a ridiculous helmet-catch, and ended a perfect season).
If only 2.5% of all teams in the last twenty years made it to the Super Bowl without an outstanding offense or dominant defense, then one unorthodox approach would be going all offense or all defense in the draft. Ask yourself, which unit is closer to the upper echelon: offense or defense?
The question was obviously rhetorical.
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Despite being ravaged by injuries, the 2016 Chicago Bears defense was 15th in total yards, 6th in rushing yards, 7th in rushing TDs, and 9th in rushing yards per attempt. Imagine if Eddie Goldman played more than 5 games, or if Danny Trevathan wasn’t sidelined half the season, or if Jerrell Freeman and Leonard Floyd didn’t miss a few games each. That would easily be a top-ten rush defense, if not top-five.
The Chicago Bears are approaching year three of the Ryan Pace, John Fox, Vic Fangio era. After the rough 3-13 season, there needs to be immediate improvement or jobs are at risk. As defensive coaches, would it behoove them to go all-in on defense? Imagine an off-season where free agency focused on offense, and the draft was used for nothing but defense…