Chicago Bears: 5 mistakes the Bears must avoid in the offseason

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Chicago Bears, Tarik Cohen
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The Chicago Bears cannot go into the 2021 season without a plan for Tarik Cohen

Who knows where this team finishes had Cohen not missed the majority of last season with a torn ACL. The worst thing Bears fans and Chicago’s front office can do is forget how electric this man is.

It certainly comes down to utilizing him in the right way on offense but where he really shines is on kick returns. If the Bears don’t bring back Cordarrelle Patterson then they need to retain Cohen’s contract.

Rumors have swirled around that Cohen could possibly be included in trade packages for a quarterback, but unless the Bears have a plan outside of him for special teams it’s probably best not to trade him. The offense needs weapons like him and Darnell Mooney for their explosive chunk plays that aren’t easy to find.

The Bears need to find ways for David Montgomery and Cohen to coexist on the offense. Take some pages from Kevin Stefanski’s book over there in Cleveland with what he’s doing with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Chicagoans will forgive Matt Nagy for stealing a few pointers from a former Minnesota Vikings coach if it helps the offense.

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Cohen’s not only electric…he’s got a tenacious attitude and mentality. In a league full of guys who like to smack talk and get under opposing team’s skin, like a Chauncey Gardner-Johnson on the New Orleans Saints, Cohen is that for the Bears.