Chicago Bears: 4 Players fans love to hate heading into 2020
Chicago Bears fans love to hate on certain players. Here is a look at some of them from the 2020 roster.
Even though the Chicago Bears didn’t meet the high expectations that were placed upon them in 2019, fans in the Windy City still have much love and appreciation for their Monsters of the Midway. The Bears faithful are arguably the most loyal fans in the NFL, and probably in all of professional sports. However, Chicago fans may have some animosity towards a select few within the franchise.
When it comes to throwing stones at people affiliated with the organization, it’s easy to direct the attention to general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy. Although Pace has made some great transactions as GM, he has also taken the heat for some not-so-popular acquisitions and offseason misses. The most talked-about is passing on quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in the 2017 NFL Draft.
As for Nagy, winning NFL Coach of the Year in 2018 isn’t enough to keep Bears fans off of his case. Nagy has been highly criticized for his play-calling, not catering enough to his players’ strengths, and not using some of his most explosive players enough. Although Pace and Nagy would make great targets, let’s just focus on the players.
Seeing how the Bears’ defense was ranked eighth in total defense, and ninth both against the run and pass last season, it’s hard to not like anyone on this unit. Furthermore, three defensive starters were named to the Pro Bowl last season, and a couple more players can easily do the same in 2020. So obviously, the players that most Bears fans see in a negative light are on the offensive side of the ball.
The inconsistent play from the offense is painfully reflected in the stats from last season. Chicago finished 2019 ranking 25th in passing, 27th in rushing, and 29th in total offense. This definitely is what kept the Bears from making the postseason last year, and this gives most fans a legitimate reason to feel nauseated.
Having looked over the current roster, only a few names jumped out as candidates to be mentioned in this piece. Sure, if you look deep enough, there can be a case made for many more players. However, here are four players heading into 2020 that Bears fans love to hate.