Chicago Bears Fans Need to Think Outside the Box

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 10: Adam Shaheen Chicago Bears
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 10: Adam Shaheen Chicago Bears /

The Chicago Bears have a new offense. Fans are excited, but they need to understand what that means.

Chicago Bears fans are excited and they should be. Matt Nagy is the team’s new head coach and is bringing a new “modern” offense. Not only that, but the Bears have a young QB with plenty of upside in Mitch Trubisky and GM Ryan Pace added plenty of weapons this offseason including Allen Robinson and Trey Burton.

But for many Bears fans, there are arguments being had that aren’t relevant to this new offense. The first one starts with the tight ends. Anyone who has spent time on Bears Twitter knows that fans have argued that the Trey Burton signing is because the team is giving up on Adam Shaheen or that there is no point for Dion Sims because the team doesn’t need three tight ends.

When it comes to the wide receivers, people keep saddling Taylor Gabriel in the slot or talk about how Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen will be splitting playing time.

Stop. Just stop. Stop all the arguments.

More from Bear Goggles On

Trey Burton is not starting tight end with Dion Sims as the backup tight end and Adam Shaheen as the third tight end. Trey Burton is playing the move tight end position, that is not the same as the traditional tight end spot. Sims will play exclusively at the in line tight end position and Shaheen will play more in line, but he’s going to play both spots. Burton will even play some HBack as well.

Cohen and Howard won’t necessarily “split” carries. Cohen is going to line up at WR and be used as a weapon, not as a traditional running back. You could see a 2 RB/3TE set with Howard in the backfield, Cohen and Burton split out wide and Sims and Shaheen in tight.

Fans need to stop seeing Gabriel as a traditional slot. He will spend plenty of time on the outside, and truthfully, he will probably spend more time on the outside than on the inside. Rookie Anthony Miller will line up both inside and outside. Nagy wants different looks and versatility.

Fans need to stop thinking of this offense in the traditional sense. The Bears will be throwing multiple looks out at defenses every game. It’s going to be unique and it’s going to be fun. Stop worrying about who is TE1 and who is TE2. Stop worrying about Gabriel as a slot receiver. Stop worrying about Howard and Cohen sharing time. Every one who is contributing to the offense is going to see snaps.

This offense will be fun, get ready for it, but stop arguing about issues that don’t actually exist.