There is little doubt that the Chicago Bears are a good football team.
They won 12 games and brought home the NFC North crown behind the efforts of a raging defense, a head-coaching star on the rise, and an offense with upside that is starting to come into its own. Among those returning from the team’s breakthrough 2018 season are the aforementioned head coach (who won the NFL’s Coach of the Year award), four first-team All-Pros (Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, Eddie Jackson, Tarik Cohen) who earned invites to the Pro Bowl, four other Pro Bowl participants (Mitch Trubisky, Charles Leno Jr., Cody Whitehair, Akiem Hicks) who were stars for the division champs. The Bears are loaded, which is why they are one of the Super Bowl favorites heading into the 2019 season.
But because the Bears are so stacked with talent, there has not been much drama to report on this summer as training camp got underway. There were no rookie contracts that were un-signed, no veteran holdouts, and the most controversial arrival might have been Tarik Cohen showing up in a Slingshot automobile taking a reckless turn around a corner. Other than that, things have been hunky-dory at Bears camp.
Even the much-maligned kicking competition has yielded strong showings from both Eddy Piñeiro and Elliott Fry.
And because of that, the Bears are “trending down” in the eyes of NFL.com columnist Gregg Rosenthal. Seriously. Check out Rosenthal’s explanation:
“With nearly every starting job accounted for in Chicago, it feels like the local writers are struggling to come up with many sizzling storylines beyond the kicker battle and explaining why the offense consistently (and understandably) loses to the defense in practice.”
HA! The Bears are so good, they’re boring. I LOVE IT! The Bears’ focus is on making the Super Bowl in February, and it shows because there aren’t “sizzling storylines” in August. Frankly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.