Chicago Bears: These offseason moves should guarantee a playoff run

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Chicago Bears Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky
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If the Chicago Bears want to make a playoff run in 2020, this potential offseason outcome should almost guarantee the team’s chances.

The Chicago Bears 2018 season was fantastic for fans and the franchise overall. There was a feeling that the locker room had changed for the better and the chemistry would lead to multiple winning seasons. Unfortunately, 2019 did not seem as magical.

The team found themselves going .500 and although they did not have a “losing” season, the team fell on its face and did not live up to expectations. Most of the blame fell on the offense. Mitchell Trubisky did not make the jump in year two of Matt Nagy’s offense than most people expected.

Trubisky struggled to find a rhythm with the offense from day one. That said, he was not the only problem. Many players regressed. The offensive line struggled to generate any running lanes. The pass blocking up the middle was awful. The experiment of swapping Cody Whitehair and James Daniels ended up being a failure. The tackles on the outside were nothing but average too.

To make matters worse, the tight end position was the worst in football. The receivers, outside of Allen Robinson, could not hold onto the football. Tarik Cohen ran sideways more than forward. Can you see a trend here? The entire offense regressed. I am not going to put as much blame on the receivers and Cohen as I am Trubisky, the offensive line and the tight end group. The offense needs to improve though.

The defense was still a top unit in the NFL. The defense ended the season eighth in defensive DVOA last year. Some main guys are going to be gone though in 2020. Danny Trevathan is likely the biggest name. The Chicago Bears need more help at other positions and Pace is not likely going to bring Trevathan back this season. Prince Amukamara is likely a cap casualty and depth guys like Nick Kwiatkoski and Aaron Lynch will be unrestricted free agents.

Needless to say, outside some of the core players, Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy will need to make some changes in 2020. If the Chicago Bears are able to make these, or similar, offseason moves, it should guarantee a playoff run.