As someone who has a fair number of Perfect Attendance ribbons stashed away in a box that holds childhood memories, I can appreciate this:
Bears head coach Matt Nagy noted the team’s high attendance rate at offseason workouts. Nagy said 98% of the team showed up for an optional lift earlier in the week. Many teams around the league are not so fortunate.
— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) May 22, 2019
It’s almost as if the Chicago Bears know they have some unfinished business to attend to in 2019.
The Bears are in the midst of a quiet stretch of the offseason, which is actually a good thing. There aren’t any public contract squabbles to deal with at the moment. And while rookie draft picks David Montgomery and Duke Shelley remain unsigned, both are in attendance at OTAs. That is certainly good news for a team whose season ended on a double-doink and a thud.
But not all teams are as fortunate as the Bears. The Packers’ offseason featuring drama surrounding the quarterback is fun to make quips about, but I can’t imagine those distractions are fun to deal with when they surface. And things are so rough for the Vikings, they had to restructure contracts just to sign their first-round pick and are still up against the cap to the point where they are struggling to get a five-year extension done with tight end Kyle Rudolph. And those are just teams in the division.
Let it sink in for a moment, friends. Where there is peace, there is happiness. There is peace at Halas Hall for the moment and happiness among Bears fans. Chicago’s football team is currently in a good place (and the projections seem to suggest things can get even better). Breathe in. Breathe out. Smile. Things are fine.