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Chicago Bears 2018 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/10/2018.


Chicago Bears Free Agency Recap


The Bears got Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel in Free Agency. They also got tight end Trey Burton from the Philadelphia Eagles in Free Agency too.



Chicago Bears Draft Recap


The Bears got Georgia 3-4 middle linebacker Roquan Smith with the eighth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In the second round, Chicago drafted Iowa left guard James Daniels and Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller.




Chicago Bears Quarterback Summary: Mitchell Trubisky is the starting quarterback now. Chicago has head coach Matt Nagy who has experience with quarterbacks, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, and quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone are all there to coach Trubisky. The Bears kept their quarterback coach from last year while upgrading at both head coach and offesnive coordinator. Backup Chase Daniel looked awful in the preseason so if Trubisky gets injured, the Bears are screwed.


Chicago Bears Running Back Summary: The Chicago Bears got another huge season from Jordan Howard. They also added Tarik Cohen to compliment him in the backfield and have Benny Cunningham as the third string running back with Taquon Mizell and Ryan Nall competing for roster spots. Charles London was the running backs coach for the Houston Texans. I'm not sure why the Bears fired their running backs coach, but I'm guessing the new regime had more to do with that considering Chicago boasts one of the NFL's best backfields.


Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Summary: Chicago has ALlen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel as their top two receivers. Anthony Miller is pushing Kevin White for the slot receiver job. Chicago got a worse wide receivers coach in Mike Furrey. If Chicago's wide receivers drop passes you can put a lot of blame on Furrey since this was an awful hire for Chicago in my opinion.


Chicago Bears Tight End Summary: Zach Miller is out for the year on injured reserve. Chicago brought in Trey Burton and he will start with Adam Shaheen as a backup tight end now that Miller is out for the year.


Chicago Bears Offensive Line Summary: Charles Leno is not the answer at left tackle, but Chicago decided to be idiots and extend him. Eric Kush is projected to start at left guard over second round pick James Daniels even though Kush sucks. Cody Whitehair enters his third season as the starting center, Kyle Long is moving back to his natural position at right guard, and Bobby Massie is going to play right tackle. Hroniss Grasu is the only backup at center who provides depth outside of James Daniels who may end up at center or guard.


Harry Heistand was the offensive line coach at Notre Dame. He coached Mike McGlinchey, Quenton Nelson, Ronnie Stanley, Nick Martin, and Zack Martin while at Notre Dame. He's coached some good offensive linemen there and it will be interesting to see if he has the same impact with the Bears.


Chicago may improve offensively. I was not a fan of Mitchell Trubisky coming out of North Carolina even though I love the Matt Nagy hire. Chicago could improve offensively, but they could also be at the bottom of the league in passing yards if Trubisky doesn't take off under Nagy. This team can be a top 5 team in rushing yards though.



Chicago Bears Defensive Line Summary: Akeim Hicks is expected to start at 3-4 right. I don't think Hicks will fare as well against left guards. Eddie Goldman returns at nose tackle. Jonathan Bullard is expected to take over as the new starting 3-4 left end. Jay Rogers succeeded as the Broncos defensive line coach because he had great defensive linemen to work with. Rogers enters his fourth season as the Chicago Bears defensive line coach.


Chicago Bears Linebacker Summary: Leonard Floyd will start at 3-4 right outside linebacker. Complimenting him on the other side at 3-4 left outside linebacker will be Sam Acho. Danny Trevathian and Nick Kwiatkoski are now the projected starters at 3-4 middle linebacker. Roquan Smith may begin 2018 by sitting out now thanks to his holdout.


Glen Pires managed to keep his job which amazes me. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who has had success at defensive coordinator is great at developing linebackers.


Chicago Bears Defensive Backs Summary: Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara will compliment each other as cornerbacks on the Chicago Bears with Fuller being the field cornerback and Amukamara being a boundary cornerback. Eddie Jackson will start at strong safety while Adrian Amos starts at free safety.


Defensive backs coach Ed Donnatell has his guys focus more on getting turnovers rather than covering effectively. He does well with developing guys who can get turnovers.


Chicago has their best defense in quite some time. I don't expect this defensive unit to break out though until Roquan Smith wins the starting 3-4 middle linebacker job from Nick Kwiatkoski. I think Chicago can wield a top 20 defense, but I won't be surprised if Chicago's defense sucks if Roquan Smith continues his holdout.



Chicago Bears Special Teams Summary: Cody Parkey is now the new kicker. Pat O'Donnell had 70 punts. One of those punts was a 72-yard punt. Tarik Cohen is the Bears kick returner and punt returner now.


Chris Tabor is now the Bears Special Teams Coordinator. He takes over for Jeff Rodgers and is a complete upgrade in my mind.




Chicago Bears Worst Case Scenario: Chicago goes 2-14 and has the worst record in the NFL. People finally realize what a bust Mitchell Trubisky is.


Chicago Bears Best Case Scenario: Chicago goes 8-8. Matt Nagy leads the Chicago Bears to a .500 record, but they miss the NFC Playoffs and finish third in the NFC North Division.


Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 9
AT
8:20 PM EST
NBC
L
Week 2
September 17
VS
8:30 PM EST
ESPN
L
Week 3
September 23
AT
4:25 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 4
September 30
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 5
Bye Week
Week 6
October 14
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 7
October 21
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 8
October 28
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 9
November 4
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 10
November 11
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 11
November 18
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 12
November 22
AT
12:30 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 13
December 2
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 14
December 9
VS
1 EST
FOX
L
Week 15
December 16
VS
1 EST
NFL Network
L
Week 16
December 23
AT
4:05 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 17
December 30
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L


Chicago Bears 2018 Projected Record (3-13): The NFC North is a really tough divsion. I love the Matt Nagy hire, but I don't trust Mitchell Trubsiky at all when it comes to his ability to improve at quarterback. To be fair, this is the least confident I've been about a team being the worst team in the NFL in this entire decade, so the Chicago Bears could easily surprise us this season.








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