Bears Top 10 Moments and Storylines of 2022

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve tonight (and is ready for a day spent horizontally watching football tomorrow).

With 2022 just about in the books, I figured today would be a perfect time to look back at some of the best Bears moments of the year that was.

10. Ryan Poles is Hired as the Bears Next GM

It’s entirely too early to know whether or not Ryan Poles is the guy. But at least he’s not the last guy, and that’s all Bears fans wanted at this time last year. Poles’ first year at the helm of the Bears has had its ebbs and flows, but he’s in a great position to make this team significantly better this offseason.

The book is yet to be written on Poles, and this offseason will be a massive test for the young GM. But a fresh voice and new direction atop the football ops department was a must, and here we are.

9. Matt Eberflus is Hired as the Next Bears Head Coach

Likewise, the jury is out on Matt Eberflus simply because it’s too early to decide otherwise. But, also again, Matt Nagy’s vision and voice had run their course in Chicago, and it was time for a change.

Eberflus probably isn’t the sexiest hire in a day and age in which offensive gurus are the hottest in football. Still, as corny as the HITS principal and some of the old school coach speak that comes with Eberflus, he seems to have returned a level of accountability lost during Nagy’s tenure, which is a good thing for a young team.

8. This Jack Sanborn Kid is Pretty Good

His season may have been cut short due to injury, but 2022 was a fantastic year for Jack Sanborn. The local product made his way to Bears training camp as an undrafted free agent and stuck around after an impressive preseason. When Roquan Smith was traded to the Baltimore Ravens ahead of the trade deadline, Sanborn became a starter and filled the role wonderfully.

Sanborn logged 59 tackles, five for loss, three quarterback hits, and a fumble recovery in six starts between the trade deadline and the injury that ended his season against the Eagles. Who knows what the future holds for Sanborn, but this was a dream season for a local kid.

7. MNF Beat Down in New England

The Bears may not have won a game since this Week 7 Monday night affair in Foxborough, but they made it count if it’s going to be their final win. Coming off of one of the most embarrassing losses I can recall as a Bears fan the previous Thursday night at home against the Commanders, the Bears were ready for this one.

This one will be where we look back and say, “this is where it all started to click” for Justin Fields and the Bears offense. Luke Getsy and Matt Eberflus came out with a plan for their quarterback, and it was executed to near perfection as the Bears thumped the Patriots 33-14 in primetime.

6. Bo Jack is Back!

Eddie Jackson came into this season being called a bust, washed up, a lazy tackler, and unmotivated after getting paid. But Jackson had one heck of a bounce-back season before going out with a Lisfranc injury.

Jackson racked up 80 tackles, four interceptions, and two forced fumbles in just 12 games for the Bears before the injury.

https://twitter.com/NFL/status/1569047158057476096?s=20&t=hb71QVtfaiiIs5EikySeqw

5. Teven Jenkins: From Nearly Cut to Piece of the Future

I’ve said it a few times, but I’ll repeat it: Watching Teven Jenkins evolve from a non-factor with no position who was nearly cut … to a player who’s found a home at right guard and embraced his role on the team has been one of the most fantastic storylines of this season.

Jenkins has worked hard to learn a new position and put to bed many of the maturity concerns that plagued him early in his Bears tenure this season. There’s been plenty of plays where Jenkins can be seen not only winning his battle on the line but obliterating his opponent as he did in college, the same type of ferocity that prompted previous GM Ryan Pace to trade up for him.

Like this one:

Or this one:

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Jenkins, but it seems like he’s here to stay and will be a force to be reckoned with on the Bears offensive line.

4. Darnell Mooney’s Amazing Catch

Darnell Mooney’s season didn’t go the way anyone hoped it would. He never took that next step that the Bears wanted him to, and it ended early due to injury. No doubt Mooney’s ability and Fields’ chemistry with him will keep him in the fold in Chicago as a No. 2/3 wide receiver, but he’s not a No. 1.

Still, this catch was WILD!

3. Slip and Slide Opening Day

We knew that the Bears weren’t going to be good this year. We probably didn’t think we would be talking about them flirting with the No. 1 pick here in Week 17, but we knew it would be a developmental season for them, which made the opening day upset of the 49ers in a wet and wild affair at Soldier Field all the more fun.

We’re sum this one up with a little “how it started, how it ended” …

2. Justin Fields Breaks Michael Vick’s Single-Game QB Rushing Record

In a season with plenty of red marks in the win-loss column, it was a lot of fun to watch Justin Fields make history by breaking Michael Vick’s single-game quarterback rushing record against the Dolphins.

1. The Bears Have Their Man at QB

The No. 1 moment or storyline of 2022 for the Chicago Bears is such a no-brainer it almost goes without saying … Finally, the Bears have a quarterback of the future!

Listen, I’ve talked about this ad nauseam in my weekly Fields Film column, so you know exactly where I think Justin Fields is in his development. There’s work to be done, primarily as a passer. However, he has made significant strides in every aspect of the game this season and established himself as the centerpiece of this franchise, and damn, has it been fun to watch.

If we learned one thing about the Chicago Bears in 2022, Justin Fields is that dude.

written by

Patrick grew up in Chicago's Bridgeport and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods before moving to the Western Suburbs of Chicago before eventually relocating to the Las Vegas area with his family in 2023. He started with Bleacher Nation in 2021 and has spent time as a Staff Writer and on the Chicago Blackhawks beat. He is currently a writer and editor at Bleacher Nation covering the Chicago Bears and the NFL at large and the author of the Bleacher Nation Newsletter. Patrick is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

more bears news

Bears to Host Jared Verse on a Top-30 Visit

Momma, there goes that man's name again. Jared Verse is firmly on the Chicago Bears radar. And soon, they'll get to know the Florida State pass rusher more intimately whenever he makes his way to Halas Hall: https://twitter.com/Schultz_Report/status/1778918914983969222 NFL reporter...

What If the Falcons-Vikings Tampering Case Impacts the Bears?

Do you remember that NFL tampering investigation that features the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings? Better yet, are you familiar with the Chicago Bears connection to the ridiculousness? In case you missed it, here is the backstory on that: https://twitter.com/BN_Bears/status/1770183958086512937...

Justin Fields is Working on Ball Placement (Which is Great News for the Bears)

Let me be clear out of the gate. I'm not going to make it a habit to obsessively write up Justin Fields posts this year. Fields is no longer the Chicago Bears quarterback. And with Caleb Williams on his way...

This Mel Kiper NFL Mock Draft Might Be a Sign of Things to Come for the Bears

Mel Kiper Jr. mock drafts tend to be more sourced and less about his own evaluations. It is among the reasons why I follow them obsessively this time of year. And when it comes to the Chicago Bears, Mel has...

Remembering Some Day 3 Gems, NFL Draft Green Room Party Shrinks, and Other Bears Bullets

The good news is that Friday is here. But the bad news is that I've been feeling like I was hit in the head with a frying pan all morning. Let's breeze through this set of Bears Bullets, take some...

Caleb Williams is One of 13 Players Scheduled to be at the NFL Draft

If the Chicago Bears do the obvious thing and take Caleb Williams with the first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the USC quarterback will be in attendance for that magic moment. ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter shares the list...

Hmmm: Jared Verse Keeps Popping Up a 2024 Bears Draft Target

Florida State pass rusher Jared Verse is a name I've been seeing pop up in connection with the Chicago Bears a bunch in recent days. And once I realized I was telling myself "hmm ... that is an interesting trend"...

Caleb Williams Dunking on Haters Brings Me Joy

Caleb Williams isn't even the Chicago Bears quarterback yet, and he is already giving off a vibe that I can appreciate. Williams — who, like us — has time on his hands to kill ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft. And the...

Jayden Daniels Has a Meeting With the Minnesota Vikings

Jayden Daniels watch is ON. Unless something wildly unpredictable happens between now and April 25, the Chicago Bears will select USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. But what happens after that is anyone's...

Great Bears Trades, Watch Out For New Helmets, Patrick, OJ, and Other Bears Bullets

Mercury in retrograde during an eclipse season sure is doing a number on me. Let's just try to make it through this set of Bears Bullets and move on as best we can. The waiting is the hardest part. But...

Latest News

Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals Probable Starting Pitchers – April 13

The St. Louis Cardinals (7-7) go on the road at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks (6-8) at 8:10 PM ET on Saturday.The Diamondbacks will look to Ryne Nelson (0-2) against the Cardinals and Kyle Gibson (1-1).Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals Pitcher...

Umpire Angel Hernandez Cannot Help Himself

With Joe West retired, Angel Hernandez has become the symbol of umpire incompetence. Sure, there are others in the conversation with him — C.B. Bucknor immediately comes to mind (also Laz Diaz, Andy Fletcher, and Chad Fairchild) — but Angel...

DraftKings Promo Code: Bet $5, Get $150 as a New User Today for Masters, NBA, and More

The Masters carries on today along with tons MLB action! Check out the details to score a DraftKings promo code below. You can use this DraftKings promo on any event or sport to secure your bonus! DraftKings Promo Code with...

As Feared, Spencer Strider Had to Have Elbow Surgery and His Season is Over

It felt like this is where the ominous news was trending, and now it has indeed happened: Atlanta Braves ace Spencer Strider had to have what amounts to Tommy John-like surgery. The team made the announcement this morning: https://twitter.com/Braves/status/1779140182756769897 For...

Best MLB Prop Bets Today, April 13, 2024

The Milwaukee Brewers versus the Baltimore Orioles is one of 17 compelling options on today's MLB slate.MLB prop bets for today's games are available, so if you're interested in placing a bet or building a parlay, you'll find those MLB...

Fanatics North Carolina Promo Code Scores New Users Up to $1000 in Bonus Bets

Fanatics North Carolina Sportsbook has arrived, offering a thrilling welcome package for new users. This limited-time promotion allows you to snag up to $1,000 in bonus bets, propelling your sports betting experience to new heights. Unveiling the Fanatics North Carolina...

Phillies vs. Pirates Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Philadelphia Phillies (7-7) are favorites (-154) on the moneyline when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (10-4) Saturday at 4:05 PM ET, live on SportsNet PT.Spencer Turnbull will get the ball for Philadelphia while Pittsburgh will counter with Marco...

Nationals vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, April 13, 2024

After a four-hit game last time out, Jesse Winker leads the Washington Nationals (5-8) as -132 favorites against the Oakland Athletics (6-8). Action gets underway from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum at 4:07 PM ET on Saturday, live on MASN2.Washington's MacKenzie Gore...

Braves vs. Marlins Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Atlanta Braves (8-4), led by Marcell Ozuna on an 11-game hitting streak, will meet the Miami Marlins (2-12) Saturday at LoanDepot park. The Braves are -203 favorites for the matchup, which starts at 4:10 PM ET on BSSE.Atlanta's Chris...

Orioles vs. Brewers Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, April 13, 2024

Led by Colton Cowser (two-game homer streak), the Baltimore Orioles (8-5) are favorites versus the Milwaukee Brewers (9-3) Saturday at 4:05 PM ET. Sportsbooks have named the Orioles as -147 favorites for the game, which airs on BSWI.Dean Kremer gets...

more bears news