Ranking what the Chicago Bears need to be successful in 2024 and beyond

The Chicago Bears are not and never were ready to be truly competitive in 2023. However, what do they need to turn things around and sustain success in 2024 and beyond?

Chicago Bears, Marvin Harrison, Jr.
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7. Running Back

I think it is safe to say that the Chicago Bears need to add a running back to their group. The team did fine with some plug-and-play games from D'Onta Foreman, but he was never a long-term answer. In 2023, Ryan Poles drafted Roschon Johnson out of Texas. He has shown some serious growth in his rookie season and I'd be fine with him being the main back heading into 2024 with Khalil Herbert as his compliment. Herbert cannot block and is a major liability in the passing game. Johnson is a complete package though and I'd like to see him have more opportunities.

I think Ryan Poles will add a guy in free agency. There are some big names like Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs, Tony Pollard, Saquan Barkley, Dalvin Cook, Austin Ekeler, and D'Andre Swift. I cannot get behind the idea of spending big on a running back though. Poles' approach to the running back position this season was perfect. D'Onta Foreman signed a one-year deal and was a great compliment to Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson.

If Poles looks to the 2024 NFL Draft to add another running back to the group, then he should wait until Day 3. A few possible options include Dillon Johnson out of Washington, MarShawn Lloyd out of USC, Jawhar Jordan, Louisville, Donovan Edwards out of Michigan, or Jase McClellan out of Alabama.