9. Will the lack of attention on the interior line be the end of Ryan Poles with the Chicago Bears?
One of the biggest issues for the Chicago Bears goes beyond Justin Fields and the coaching. Ryan Poles has not seen the fruits of his labor pay off as a General Manager. The biggest flaw of his career so far is his lack of investment in the offensive line. The interior offensive line is a disaster right now, and it all could have been expected.
All offseason, we called for the team to cut Cody Whitehair and Lucas Patrick because their injury history and poor play suggested more of the same. The duo stayed, and there has been a combination of injuries and poor play throughout.
This was expected. Ryan Poles could have expected Nate Davis and Teven Jenkins to deal with the issues that they did, but he also signed Davis to play the same position Jenkins played last year and pushed Jenkins to a new position. Despite Davis being new, Jenkins being moved around, and then Whitehair and Patrick having serious questions, Ryan Poles did not add enough depth.
This could have been prevented and was expected. It comes back to Ryan Poles. Will this group improve, or will the line continue to be an issue?