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The Khalil Mack trade has crippled the Bears . Jersey

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The Chicago Bears Will Be Fine in 2020 Imagine that it’s 2020 Chicago Bears Womens Hoodie , and in the post-apocalyptic wasteland that is the NFC North, Soldier Field has turned into a Thunderdome-like dystopia. The Khalil Mack trade has crippled the Bears organization. 2018 under Matt Nagy was a disaster. Mitchell Trubisky’s ancient Toyota Camry caught fire on the way to practice one day, and the young man from Ohio was so impressed by emergency responders that he left football forever, returning home to join the Mentor Fire Department. Chase Daniel was a competent fill-in, but he was only a placeholder. Immediately the cry went up from around Chicago--if only the Bears could take another gamble in the 2019 draft! Why, Halas, why? Why have the great spirits of football forsaken the Bears?Of course, the injury news was worse. Adam Shaheen never returned from the worst ankle sprain in human history, and James Daniels and Cody Whitehair were so confused from having to switch places that they regularly tried to snap the ball together. Whitehair entered the concussion protocol (not from a hit, the poor man was just confused), never to be seen again.The 2019 draft was obviously a solemn affair, what with the Bears not picking until #62 (it would have been #63, what with the Bears bottoming out in the NFL, but the Colts were fined their first-round pick when Jim Irsay tweeted out inappropriate photo-shops of Roger Goodell). That third-rounder was spent on another interior offensive lineman, as Pace was wont to do. Then something strange happened.Pace traded away his fourth-rounder for a future third from some middle-of-the-road team.And now it’s 2020. The Bears need a quarterback, because the Trubisky experiment failed. The Bears have a massive 10-12% of their cap space invested in an elite pass rusher. The only major Bears on offense who are under 30 include:(LT) Charles Leno, (LG) James Daniels, (C) New Guy from 2019, and (RT) Rashaad Coward(RB) Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen(WR) Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel, Allen Robinson(TE) Trey Burton, and Ben BrauneckerMeanwhile, the ancient Eric Kush (all of 30) is filling in at right guard, perhaps using a walker.Meanwhile, on defense, the sub-30 crew looks like this:(DL) Jonathan Bullard Womens Customized Chicago Bears Jerseys , Eddie Goldman, Bilal Nichols(EDGE): Khalil Mack, Leonard Floyd, Kylie Fitts(LB): Roquan Smith, Nick Kwiatkowski, Joel Iyiegbuniwe(S): Eddie Jackson, Adrian Amos(CB) Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan, and Kevin TolliverClearly, the lack of new talent from the crippled 2019 draft has held back the Bears’ roster development. And, of course, there’s the glaring hole under center (wait, shotgun and pistol predominate鈥? at QB.The Bears are hopeless, and they’d be drafting Top 10 again if they hadn’t sent the pick to Oakland Vegas Gruden.If only Ryan Pace liked to trade up! Then, the Bears could bundle that third-rounder the young GM picked up in 2019 (190 points), his own second-rounder (#42, or 480 points), and the Raiders’ second-rounder he got in the Mack trade (#48, or 420 points) into a package worth just under 1100 points. If he could do that, he’d be picking 14th or so in 2020, and if he wanted to send his own third-rounder as well, he’d be able to get up to #10 again without giving away any future picks. Still, what sort of GM would be willing to maneuver through a draft so brashly?Even then, though, he’d be stuck picking 10th and not have any other picks until the fourth round. A critic might point out “only 13 of the 30 first-round quarterbacks taken in the last ten years would still have been there at No. 10 overall.” That is, sadly, true. If Pace were to need to do this , he would on average be limited to only the second- or third-best quarterback available, not the best, and he would have only 5 picks in the 2020 draft, assuming that the conditional fifth-rounder from the Mack trade did not come into play. Clearly, the Bears of 2020 will be lamenting the Mack trade. Too much of the future was given away. Having only five picks in exchange for getting back into the first round is way, way worse than having a full seven. It is obviously possible that the Bears do still struggle over the next few years. Even while the Bears are getting better, so are other teams. However, it is ridiculous to claim that if they struggle, the Mack trade is the variable that caused them to falter. The selection of head coach, the use of the remainder of the cap space, and the development of the existing players will all play vital roles, as well, in how the next few years work out.Some might naively claim that the package was actually well-designed to give Ryan Pace the exact lever he needed (a second-round pick to maneuver in 2020) to leave himself an escape hatch. Perhaps those reckless fans would point out that the trade actually did little more than cash in two “possibles” for an “almost certainly.” In that case, the future was mortgaged in the same sense that Pace took out a home equity loan to build a new addition. You could call it the “dining-on-quarterbacks” room, and it’s where Vic Fangio will host a barbecue every Sunday.I guess it’s all fine.Carry on, and Bear Down.Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview: What to Watch For The Chicago Bears are above .500 and it feels so good! If they want to stay that way though, they are going to have to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field. That Bucs offense has put up some outrageous numbers through the first 3 weeks of the season, but then again, they haven’t faced a defense like the Bears yet. If we look at the early season DVOA—provided by Football Outsiders—for both teams, this seems to be a strength-on-strength match-up. The Bears defense currently ranks 1st while the Bucs offense ranks 5th. On the other side of the coin, the Bears offense is all the way down at 27th and will be taking on the 29th-ranked defense of the Bucs. Needless to say, something will have to give here. So far through 3 weeks, the Bears seem to have the slight advantage and this is what I will be watching for:What to Watch ForOn offense, it’s all about getting back to basics. Both head coach Matt Nagy and quarterback Mitch Trubisky had similar things to say in their press conferences on Wednesday. If you missed it, the basic premise is getting back to basics. Nagy admitted that there are plays that he ran in Kansas City that simply aren’t working here and plays that didn’t work there, that are working here. Another thing I took away from the press conference is that the other 10 players on offense are struggling to digest the full playbook as well. If they weren’t “blowing smoke,” then we should expect to see a lot of the RPO’s Chicago Bears T-Shirt , crossing routes, bi or tri-level route combinations with Trubisky on the move (bootlegs/roll-outs), and getting back to more spread concepts (shotgun/outside zone) in the running game. This is something that I noticed right from the beginning and have been clamoring for since the second half of the Green Bay game. Good on them for recognizing it and (hopefully) fixing it!I would expect a simpler game plan than we have seen so far this year, but don’t confuse that with “dumbing it down,” because that won’t be the case. The fact of the matter is there are plays in this offense that everyone knows better than other plays. When everyone knows exactly what they are doing, they can play fast. So all those fun, but not overly complicated, plays we saw in the preseason when Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray were in the game, look for those on Sunday. Defensively, it all comes down to pressure. In the first 2 games of the season, the Bucs offense didn’t face much pressure and lit up the stat sheet. For those who watched the Monday night game last week, you saw the Steelers get home in the first half with both the front-4 (or 5) and with the blitz. When that happened, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick—who I fully expect to start—was easily flustered and threw up some nice “duck and chucks.” The Steelers defense has been pretty putrid so far this season and their secondary is a mess. If they were able to make Fitzpatrick throw the ball up for grabs on at least 6 occasions—3 of which resulted in an interception—in that game, what will he do with Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Leonard Floyd, and company hot on his tail? My guess is that this will be another game where he puts the ball in harms way multiple times. Where Fitzpatrick really struggled is when the Steelers were playing zone coverage. With a virtually non-existent running game, I would expect to see the Bears play a lot of zone coverage looks this week. The way that the secondary has seemed to find its groove in the interception department, plus the fact that the Bears have 2 solid-to-good coverage linebackers in Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith, and you got yourself a potential recipe for disaster for Fitzpatrick and the Bucs’ offense. That’s what I will be watching for on Sunday afternoon, what about you? The Bears were a hot mess at times in Arizona, but if they can get back to basics and put pressure on the quarterback, I think it might just be time for the Fitz-magic to run out. Check out my ‘which players to watch for’ right now.
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