New head coach. New offensive system. New jerseys.
Not only have the Chicago Bears undergone sweeping changes this offseason, they are going to look fabulous while doing so, as they’ll sport new orange jerseys.
- Chairman George McCaskey has tracked the team’s uniforms to the franchise’s origins and sees the orange kits as tradition, writes Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. It’s a tradition that returns to Halas Hall in 2018 after a lengthy hiatus.
- Much like myself, The Chairman seems to be partial to the color orange (ChicagoBears.com) and views the return of this color scheme as something that combines a modern day look that calls upon the past. If there was ever a time to run with something like this, it’s now when there is a clean slate that spans the entire organization.
- You can check out images of the new look from the Chicago Bears’ official site and in Colleen Kane’s piece at the Chicago Tribune. If you want to see them in action, you’ll have to wait until Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins on the road and in Week 11 at home against the Minnesota Vikings. Because who needs color-rush jerseys when the alternate color gives you a natural rush.
- And because I know you’re curious, the uniforms are available for purchase:
— The Ten-Yard Line (@TheTenYardLine) June 15, 2018
- P.S. I’m still deciding between a Mitch Trubisky orange and a Brian Urlacher one, and I don’t think a coin flip is going to solve anything. I’ll take your suggestions if it helps.
- As excited as I am about the new jerseys, we should really be geeked about the players who will wear them. Among them is rookie linebacker Roquan Smith, who Bleacher Report’s Justis Mosqueda has pegged to be the team’s most promising building block entering this season. Sure, Trubisky would have been an obvious answer here but I like that Mosqueda is thinking outside the box. Smith should bring stability to the inside linebacker position that simply wasn’t there when the team was plugging the hole trying to fill in for Jerrell Freeman’s absence. Smith’s speed, tackling ability, and coverage skills should make him a versatile defender against some pretty skilled offenses in the NFC North.
- Running back Jordan Howard totally counts as a building block on the offensive side of the ball, especially with the credentials he’s laid down in his first two seasons. Over at NBC Sports Chicago, Bryan Perez attempts to create a reasonable projection for Howard’s third season in Chicago. With back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, it feels safe to establish a 1,000-yard floor. From there, trying to find a fair set of numbers can be difficult.
- I figure Howard is going to be have another fine offensive season. He has established himself as a premier back in the league and a load-carrying back for a team that didn’t have many other offensive options. While we have an idea of what the floor looks like, we’re still unsure of what kind of untapped potential can come out this year. We don’t know how much (if at all) he has improved as a pass-catcher, though he is going to great lengths to get better in that regard. We also are unsure what his usage rate will be in a new offensive system that puts a little more emphasis on the passing game. To be clear, it’s safe to jot down 1,100 yards and 10+ touchdowns for Howard and know that he had a good season. But that there could be more on the horizon is oh, so intriguing.
- If Matt Forte is really looking for a job, can he coach every thing he knows about being a threat as a receiver out of the backfield to Howard:
- Off the field, the Bears continue to do good things in the community, as Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun-Times reports the Bears donated $20,000 to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago in addition to their visit. Keep up the fine work, folks:
Love the ending. Sol, a patient born with clubfoot, and “push up” champ from her school, took on @ig_nacious_ during #rookie visit. @ChicagoBears @InsideTheBears @RoquanSmith1 pic.twitter.com/IZ7SgMKDSp
— Shriners Hosp Chi (@ShrinersChicago) June 14, 2018
- I always get nervous when I see a Bears player in a TMZ post, but this is OK and I have since exhaled: