Chicago Bears Coach of the Year: Jim Dray, tight ends
Most teams can choose the offensive or defensive coordinator for this award. However, the defensive coordinator is gone, and the offensive coordinator remains under fire from the fans. The Bears offense has had issues, and he does not get the credit at this point.
So, which unit has impressed the most? This has to be the tight-end spot. First, Cole Kmet has taken huge steps in the past two years under Dray. You can see his development, and this is the career-year so far. The Bears extended Kmet before the season, showing that they saw this coming.
More than that, the usage of Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan has helped turn around the run game. When Chase Claypool was traded, the Bears leaned into those two, and they delivered. How they are used, and when each is out, there is a job of the tight end coach, and they have been utilized perfectly. If anyone gets this award on a 3-7 team, it is Jim Dray.