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The Chicago Bears have a long offseason ahead of them. While most pundits believe that Mitchell Trubisky is not the right man for the job, the Bears are adamant that he is the long-term option at quarterback. The front office and head coach Matt Nagy have both stated that Trubisky will be the team’s quarterback in 2020, much to the chagrin of most Bears fans. Chicago had one of the bottom five offenses in the NFL in 2019, hanging one of the league’s best defenses out to dry.

Season Recap

After making the Pro Bowl in 2018, Trubisky had a mediocre season in leading the Bears to an 8-8 record. He completed just 63.2 percent of his passes, averaging a scant 6.1 YPA with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His numbers look even worse when you consider that 12 of his touchdown passes came in four games against Detroit (twice), Washington, and Dallas. Trubisky failed to throw a touchdown pass in seven games, and that’s inexcusable in the current NFL.

Allen Robinson II had a solid season as the Bears’ No. 1 receiver, catching 98 passes for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns. He was the lone bright spot in this unit, but a lot of that has to do with Trubisky. Anthony Miller failed to have the breakout year many were expecting, catching just 52 passes for 656 yards and two touchdowns, and Taylor Gabriel was the only other receiver with more than 200 receiving yards. Tarik Cohen was targeted a whopping 104 times, but the elusive running back averaged just 5.8 YPC as Trubisky checked down to him way too often.

The running game struggled to do much either for the second straight season. Rookie David Montgomery ended the season with 889 yards, but he averaged just 3.7 YPC and only had two 100-yard games all year. Chicago had the 29th ranked run game, but that was better than a passing game that ranked dead last in the league with 5.7 YPA.

This defense was fantastic all year despite having an offense that didn’t help it out at all. Chicago conceded just 5.1 yards per play and was ranked in the top ten against the run and the pass. The only issue was that the Bears allowed opponents to convert 56.5 percent of fourth down chances.

Roquan Smith had an excellent sophomore season. Smith led the Bears with 101 tackles despite playing just 12 games, and he was a stalwart as offenses moved away from testing Khalil Mack. Mack was selected to the Pro Bowl with 8.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss, and his impact was impressive considering that opponents tried to run plays away from his side of the field.

The secondary continued to be lights out as well with Eddie Jackson showcasing that he is one of the best safeties in the league. Kyle Fuller led the team with 12 passes defenses and three interceptions, while also being the team’s second leading tackler, and he can rightfully claim to have been snubbed from the Pro Bowl this year.

Kicking field goals in windy Chicago isn’t easy, but Eddy Piniero didn’t have a bad year. Piniero converted on over 82 percent of his field goal attempts, but he was just 3-7 from 40 to 49 yards.

2020 Season Preview

It’s a testament to the Bears defense that this team went 8-8 with a first-place schedule despite having one of the worst offenses in the NFL. Chicago managed to sweep Minnesota in division and hammered Dallas in early December, and the Bears only lost by more than 10 points twice all year thanks to a defense that only allowed more than 26 points once all year.

The Bears don’t have picks in the first, third, or fourth rounds, depriving them of depth. However, this defense is still loaded with all their defensive stars locked up through 2020 except for linebacker Danny Trevathan.

For Chicago to make it back to the postseason next year, this offense must become more efficient. Matt Nagy might want to look at what Sean McDermott has done with Josh Allen in Buffalo since Trubisky is a very good runner, or general manager Ryan Pace may need to add a star wide receiver in the offseason to shepherd Trubisky in his fourth season.

2019 Chicago Bears Betting Schedule

Week 1 Bears vs. Green Bay Packers Thursday, Sept. 5, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Week 2 Bears at Denver Broncos Sunday, Sept. 15, 4:25 p.m. ET FOX
Week 3 Bears at Washington Redskins Monday, Sept. 23, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
Week 4 Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Sept. 29, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Week 5 Bears at Oakland Raiders Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 6 BYE - -
Week 7 Bears vs. New Orleans Saints Sunday, Oct. 20, 4:25 p.m. ET FOX
Week 8 Bears vs. Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 9 Bears at Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 10 Bears vs. Detroit Lions Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Week 11 Bears at Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 17, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
Week 12 Bears vs. New York Giants Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 13 Bears at Detroit Lions Thursday, Nov. 28, 12:30 p.m. ET FOX
Week 14 Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Dec. 5, 8:20 p.m. ET FOX/NFLN
Week 15 Bears at Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Week 16 Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Dec. 22, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) NBC
Week 17 Bears at Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m. ET FOX
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Past Chicago Bears Seasons

2018 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2017 5-11 None
2016 3-13 None
2015 6-10 None
2014 5-11 None
2013 8-8 None
2012 10-6 None
2011 8-8 None
2010 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2009 7-9 None
2008 9-7 None
2007 7-9 None
2006 13-3 Lost Super Bowl
2005 11-5 Lost Divisional Round
2004 5-11 None
2003 7-9 None
2002 4-12 None
2001 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2000 5-11 None
Full List
1999 6-10 None
1998 4-12 None
1997 4-12 None
1996 7-9 None
1995 9-7 None
1994 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
1993 7-9 None
1992 5-11 None
1991 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
1990 11-5 Lost Divisional Round
1989 6-10 None
1988 12-4 Lost Conference Championship
1987 11-4 Lost Divisional Round
1986 14-2 Lost Divisional Round
1985 15-1 Won Super Bowl
1984 10-6 Lost Conference Championship
1983 8-8 None
1982 3-6 None
1981 6-10 None
1980 7-9 None
1979 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
1978 7-9 None
1977 9-5 Lost Divisional Round
1976 7-7 None
1975 4-10 None
1974 4-10 None
1973 3-11 None
1972 4-9-1 None
1971 6-8 None
1970 6-8 None
1969 1-13 None
1968 7-7 None
1967 7-6-1 None
1966 5-7-2 None

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