Will the Chicago Bears offensive line improve in 2020?
It’s no secret that there have been offensive struggles in Chicago for a while, and this didn’t start recently. Pro Football Focus (PFF) ranked the offense 25th in the NFL last season, or 7th worst overall. And while the situation could definitely be worse, the Bears defense didn’t stay strong enough to compensate for this.
As it goes for so many offenses, the issues begin at the heart of this team: the offensive line. Here’s where it gets weird: the O-line doesn’t have any shortage of talent. Entering 2019, the unit was actually projected to be in the top ten. The previous two seasons, it had finished 11th both years, cementing itself as a strong young core.
So here’s the problem: the offensive line struggled, but the talent is there, so there isn’t much that could be done to fix it in the offseason. Ryan Pace did pick up a couple of lineman in the 7th round and signed Germain Ifedi and Jason Spriggs, former first and second-round picks respectively. This came along with the signing of a new offensive line coach in Juan Castillo as well.
This front office did what they could, but you simply can’t avoid the fear of the unknown. With just a few unproven additions, we won’t know what to expect until the season begins. As arguably the most important position in the game, Chicago will be hoping and praying that things pan out and they can protect Mitchell Trubisky in 2020.