The Chicago Bears will remain Kings in the North

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 16: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after the Bears defeated the Green Bay Packers 24-17 at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 16: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after the Bears defeated the Green Bay Packers 24-17 at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

After a long offseason football is finally back at Halas hall. If there’s one team Chicago needs right now, it’s the Bears.

As everyone already knows, a promising season ended with the infamous double doink. There’s no point in avoiding the topic, it is what it is. Coach Matt Nagy’s attitude toward the situation has given the fanbase hope in what to look forward to in the coming season. The first thing Nagy did when the team got together this year was show a clip of the missed field goal. Failure often teaches us the best lessons in life, learn from the past and make sure the same mistakes don’t happen again.

While the Bears didn’t have the flashiest free agency, they made some very good depth signings. The team added four key players in Cordarrelle Patterson, Mike Davis, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Buster Skrine. Davis will likely be a rotational back who can get a fair amount of carrier but also can be used in the passing game. Skrine is set to replace Bryce Callahan in the slot, as he signed with the Denver Broncos earlier in the offseason.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 06: Jordan Howard #24 and Kyle Long #75 of the Chicago Bears react to their 15 to 16 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Soldier Field on January 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JANUARY 06. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The Bears also traded running back Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles. Howard has been in trade talks for a couple seasons now, and he didn’t fit Matt Nagy’s scheme so this wasn’t a surprise to most.

The most intriguing of the three signings is Patterson. Patterson is a swiss army knife, he will be used at WR, HB, and as a return man. The Bears have struggled in the return game since Devin Hester left and may have finally found his replacement. It’s also a great addition because Patterson has killed the bears in the past on special teams with both the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots. Patterson currently leads the NFL in yards per return at 30.

The 2019 NFL Draft was interesting for the Chicago Bears because they didn’t have a pick until the third round (Khalil Mack and Anthony Miller trades). In the third and fourth round they selected HB David Montgomery and WR Riley Ridley. Two great additions for Ryan Pace in the middle round of the drafts.

For the most part, the Bears roster as a whole will almost be the same as last season. That is key for contending teams trying to win a championship. Everyone knows how talented the roster is, it’s up to Matt Nagy and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to take this team where they need to go. We know the defense is going to play their part, will the offense play theirs?

The most important thing to take note of is the coaching staff Ryan Pace has put together. Pace has done a PHENOMENAL job putting together a front office since he has taken over as general manager. After years of torture Bears fans finally have competent coaching. Ryan Pace has made some amazing hires, Matt Nagy as head coach, Harry Hiestand as offensive line coach, Chuck Pagano as defensive coordinator, Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator and the most underrated of all Jason Loscalzo as strength and conditioning coach.

After years of injury problems and poor coaching the organization has finally found a leader that has assembled the right staff. Hats off to Ryan Pace, he has been amazing. This all goes without mentioning how well he’s drafted the past few seasons including steals in Eddie Jackson, Tarik Cohen, Jordan Howard, Adrian Amos and Bilal Nichols. This doesn’t even include first and second round selections. Oh, and he acquired future hall of fame pass rusher Khalil Mack in his prime.

For 2019, the pressure is now on Matt Nagy. After an amazing first season finishing 12-4, Nagy needs to be able to replicate his success. Now that other teams have tape on his offense and the Bears have a much harder schedule, the 2019 season will be difficult.

If the Bears are going to take that next step, they need to score more points. The defense is going to be there, Chuck Pagano was the perfect hire as defensive coordinator. Now it’s on Matt Nagy and his creativity to scheme games better offensively. That’s not a knock on his offense in 2018, but it can be better and he knows that.

The Chicago Bears have by far the most talented roster in the NFC North, and they’re here to stay.  They also have the best front office and staff in the division. Expectations are high in the city of Chicago, it’s up to the team if they’re going to live up to these expectations.

Mitch Trubisky, Khalil Mack and the rest of the team are hungry, and they’re ready to win now. As for the other teams in the North and their offseason, it’s almost safe to bet that the Chicago Bears will remain Kings in the North in 2019.