It was around this time last year when the chatter around the Chicago Bears was that they were going to be better in 2017 than they were in 2018.
With new Head Coach Matt Nagy installing a modern offensive system for up-and-coming quarterback Mitch Trubisky, and GM Ryan Pace supplementing the offense with a dearth of pass-catching weapons, the Bears were well-positioned to shake from the doldrums of the John Fox era. Chicago was viewed as a team on the rise, but the rest of the NFC North was supposed to be good. Meaning that while the Bears were an improved bunch, the rest of the teams in the division were just a little bit better.
And then this happened:
The NFL Films season-in-review for the 2018 Bears showed how a franchise that had been stuck in the mud for quite some time flipped the script at every turn last year.
Not only did they go from worst-to-first in the NFC North, they did so after bouncing back from a gut-wrenching opening-night loss on the road against the Packers. Other Bears teams would have crumbled after such a defeat, not that team. Chicago’s resilience was on display all year long. They won games with pure grit behind defensive excellence and the moxie of a second-year quarterback. They were triumphant in down-to-the-wire games because of brilliant play-calling that was a marked improvement from what Dowell Loggains brought to the table. Heck, they even won a division game with their backup quarterback … and did so on the road, playing on short rest, and on Thanksgiving morning.
The 2018 Bears took us on a ride, one no fan will forget for a long time. But soon, we’ll fully put those memories in the rearview mirror and set our sights for Bourbonnais. And even though the video above focused on last year’s highlights, it also provided a taste-sized sample of what’s to come in 2019. Because much like their 2018 predecessors, the 2019 team is hungry, talented, and determined to be special. Last year’s team was obsessed, but this year’s squad is chasing something more. GO BEARS!