1. Sense of urgency, lack of time
The loss of an offseason hurts every team the same. However, more than any organization, the Chicago Bears have to hate this is the year it happened. As noted, the quarterback competition could go a lot of directions. No matter the way it goes, the more reps both get, the better the Bears would be.
Nick Foles gets the satisfaction of knowing Matt Nagy, John DeFilippo, and Bill Lazor. However, he has no time to get on sync with his receivers. Trubisky has played with the wide receivers but now has to develop his relationship with a new quarterback coach and offensive coordinator.
Not every team has to deal with that as they do not have offseason programs.
A lot of the moves Ryan Pace made this offseason showed that he might feel his seat his hot, and his window is closing. He signed Jimmy Graham, Robert Quinn, and Tashaun Gipson, three players who are past their primes and were signed for a 2-3 year window rather than with a long term outlook in mind.
Foles was signed as an older veteran to win now, and Trubisky is only signed for one more year. The team chose Trevathan over Nick Kwiatkoski as Trevathan is much more stable in the short term.
The team is ready to win now but has many moving pieces that are going to take time to adjust.
At quarterback, there are moving parts. At receiver, a new third receiver will need to emerge. Graham is a win-now tight end, but they cannot have high expectations for rookie Cole Kmet to make a huge impact as a rookie, rookie tight ends never do. On the offensive line, they are hoping Ifedi can change teams and positions on the fly.
At linebacker, questions come with depth and with Robert Quinn on a new team. Lastly, they are adding two new starters to a shuffled secondary. Eddie Jackson spent his first two years with Adrian Amos, and was good friends with Haha Clinton-Dix. Gipson will be the most unfamiliar starter he has played with. Could these moves be for the better? Sure. Do they look great on paper? Absolutely. Will they take time to force this many moving pieces together without an offseason? It is very likely.
The Chicago Bears could be a team with moving pieces that get off to a slow start. If injuries impact them in the middle of the season, they will not have the depth to finish the year strong. Beyond that, Foles could start week one, see an injury, and have the Bears deal with Trubisky and his fractured confidence. The tires could fall off this thing. This is in the range of outcomes.
The sense of urgency is Chicago is real, and Ryan Pace, along with Matt Nagy, will likely feel it if things do start to go wrong. With their idea to press, there is a possibility with this roster, coaching staff and management that things spiral in 2020.
This is not a prediction of 3-13, nor is it saying that everything suggested will happen.
However, for every assumption that each piece will fit smoothly, and the depth will ascend, and they will be the healthiest team, there is a real chance that the team struggles to gel, the injuries rack up, and the depth is not there. It has to be at least acknowledged by Bears fans before getting at angry at a pessimistic outlook. Keeping reasonable expectations can help from being too disappointed.