This is what success would like for the Chicago Bears in 2024

This important question needs to be answered in 2024.

Nov 11, 2023; Eugene, Oregon, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) scores a touchdown
Nov 11, 2023; Eugene, Oregon, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) scores a touchdown / Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

There is no doubt that the moves that the Chicago Bears made this off-season have elevated the level of expectation for the team heading into the 2024 season.

Fresh off winning seven games last season, the Bears improved their roster with the additions of D'Andre Swift, Keenan Allen, Gerald Everett, and Kevin Byard. The biggest change for the Bears will be at the quarterback position as the team traded Justin Fields and will presumably select Caleb Williams with the first overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft.

That is where the question lies with how to view the Bears next season.

The replacement of Fields in favor of Williams has some fans readying to crucify the team the moment the former USC quarterback throws his first interception. It's been suggested that the Bears' 2024 season will be viewed as a failure if Williams does not lead the team to their first playoff appearance since 2020.

Fields had zero playoff appearances in his time as the Bears' starting quarterback over the past three seasons. It would have been a hot take to say that Fields was guaranteed to make a playoff run next season had he returned to the Bears for a fourth season.

What would be a successful season for the Chicago Bears in 2024?

Bears fans may not want to hear this but a successful season for the Bears in 2024 will not be exclusively tied to whether or not the team makes the playoffs. The fact remains that both the Detroit Lions and Green Bays, arguably, have better rosters than the Bears. It would be a lofty goal to expect the Bears to win the division and make the playoffs immediately in Williams' rookie season.

A successful season for the Bears in 2024 would be Williams answering the question that he is indeed the starting quarterback of the team for the next decade. The moment that Williams walks into Halas Hall after being selected by the Bears, he immediately becomes the most important person in the organization. And, to tie it back to a potential playoff appearance, Williams proving that he is the guy during the rookie season would certainly be a factor in the team advancing beyond the regular season for the first time in three years.

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