After an underwhelming 2019 campaign on the offensive side of the ball, here are three reasons why the Chicago Bears’ offense will be top 10 in 2020.
The Chicago Bears‘ struggled greatly last season and there are many reasons for that. Simply put, everything that was supposed to go right, went wrong. It went horribly wrong.
For starters, Mitchell Trubisky was expected to take the next step. That didn’t happen and he seemed if anything to take a step back. The other factors may have led to that, but in the end, he still took a step back.
Outside of Trubisky, the Bears could not do what they love to do — run 12 personnel. In 2019, the Bears ran out of 12 personnel 11% of the time. The similar systems to Matt Nagy (Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs) ran it 52% and 28% respectively. They were both top 5 in frequency. Even in 2018, the Bears were middle of the pack with a poor ‘Y’ tight end on the team.
In addition to the tight ends, the offensive line regressed greatly as well. Each and every guy on the line took a step back. The guy who received the most blame was Charles Leno Jr., who was a Pro Bowl alternate the year before. This led to the firing of offensive line coach Harry Heistand and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich due to the inefficiencies in the run game as they both were the run-game coordinators.
Finally, the skill position players also took a step back, outside of Allen Robinson. Robinson actually took a step forward, but the rest of the guys regressed. Tarik Cohen had career lows in almost every stat category and had a career-high dropped ball percentage. As a receiving core, the Bears had 32 dropped passes which were the sixth-most in the NFL.
The Bears seemed to have issues all over the field, so why would their offense be top 10 after last season? Here are the three reasons why.