The 5 biggest keys to a successful 2022 season for the Chicago Bears

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What record are you predicting for the Chicago Bears this season? Are you one of the pessimists who believe most of the national media that say the Bears will be the worst team in the league? Are your Bear Goggles On too tight and are you drinking the Kool-Aid? Maybe you believe the success of the team falls somewhere in the middle.

No matter what you or I believe, we need to see this team on the field. There is a reason why teams play the games. Who thought the Bengals would be in the Super Bowl last year outside of Kool-Aid-drinking Bengals fans? Could this 2022 roster be an NFL version of the Bad News Bears — a team that no one wants to consider and lacks big-name talent, yet ends up finding ways to come together and win?

Well, if the Chicago Bears are going to have any chance at finding success this season, there are five keys needed.

No. 1 key to the success of the Chicago Bears: Justin Fields must be legit

This might be the most obvious of the five, but this team is only going to go as far as Justin Fields can lead them. If it turns out that Fields is nothing more than a bust (I don’t believe that for a second), then you can expect the national media to be correct with the worst team in the NFL takes. Trevor Siemian will not lead this team to many wins — if any.

Now, Justin Fields does not have to be elite this season. That said, I still believe he will be when his career comes to a close. No, for now, we just need to see enough improvement in areas in which he struggled in his rookie season. Fields needs to increase his touchdown production. This is not solely on him though and the hope here is that a new offensive scheme will help. Nothing Luke Getsy throws out there can be as bad as what we saw from Matt Nagy for four years, right?

Turnovers, specifically his fumbles, also need to be reeled in. I’m not going to sit here and complain about his 10 interceptions when at least four of them were not truly his fault. The fumbles though…those fumbles cannot happen. If you want to claim the offensive line was at fault, I get it. However, having 12 fumbles in only 10 starts is unacceptable. Fields needs to find a way to hold onto the ball or at least throw it away.

The good news is, I don’t think we will see as many mistakes in year two and this should be the start of something great here at quarterback finally for the Chicago Bears.