The Chicago Bears have really started to turn a corner when it comes to the offense. This team is finding new ways to use Justin Fields despite a lack of superior talent around him at key positions. I’d argue that he has a solid wide receiver in Darnell Mooney and the running backs are toward the top of the league as well. The offensive line is lacking in certain spots though and we will have to see what Chase Claypool brings to the table. The point is, he needs a few more key teammates.
It’s just past the middle of the 2022 NFL season, but it is never too late to be looking into the future. The Chicago Bears are 3-7 on the year, and despite these “moral” victories, they don’t look to be a playoff team. As a general manager, Ryan Poles always needs to be thinking big picture. He cannot get caught up in only focusing on the team now. We saw just how good he is at this when he traded away Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith while also trading for Chase Claypool.
The Chicago Bears have some solid options in free agency and the 2023 Draft
Poles knew that Quinn and Smith were not going to work out long-term. One was an aging veteran who was going to become a salary cap casualty. The other is a rising star who plays a devalued position and was becoming an off-the-field distraction as he demanded more money than his position deserves. The player he traded for can help Justin Fields develop, but would easily be a top free agent acquisition in 2023 if his contract expired at the end of the season.
The big reason here for the Bears’ issues is that the defense has really struggled. The team has struggled to stop the run specifically, but they also allowed Tua Tagovailoa to throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. It should be noted that many teams struggle to stop the tandem of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, however, what the Hell happened vs the Lions?