The Chicago Bears can get over a few longstanding rivalries with a win over the San Fransisco 49ers
Last season the 2-10 San Fransisco 49ers beat the 3-10 Chicago Bears 15-14 in a lackluster game that many have likely forgot. However, the game did get some hype as it was the start of the Jimmy Garoppolo era.
With Mitch Trubisky and Garoppolo both being options for the Chicago Bears in the offseason the square off between the two young quarterbacks did draw some headlines. While Garoppolo will not start on Sunday, Trubisky and the Chicago Bears do remember losing to this team in Soldier Field last season. They will certainly be looking to get some revenge against a banged up 49ers team.
On top of that the team has Vic Fangio, a former 49ers defensive coordinator against his old team. While there is no competitive advantage and all of his old co-workers have moved on as well, Fangio is the last defensive coordinator to take the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
Fangio roamed the sidelines and watch John Fox allow Garoppolo to get enough chances to kick enough field goals to beat his defense. Now, he gets a new crack at the Kyle Shanahan offense, albeit with a different quarterback. In his homecoming, the Chicago Bears should look to walk him off a winner.
Lastly is Taylor Gabriel. This may be a more sweet homecoming, but Gabriel has put up his best seasons statistically with Kyle Shanahan calling his plays. You could argue that Gabriel would not have a career let alone the contract he made without Shanahan. Shanahan brought him along in Cleveland and in Atlanta before moving to the 49ers.
While Shanahan certainly should know how to defend Gabriel, Gabriel will certainly be looking to bring his best effort in front of the coach who meant so much to him.
Trubisky is looking to take leadership for a home loss last year. Vic Fangio wants his homecoming and Gabriel has the chance to beat a friend. Three underlying stories to remember heading into Sunday.