After a disappointing 8-8 season, many people are saying the bears will finish from anywhere between 3-13 to 5-11. But this is not the case at all. The Bears biggest issues last year was not the quarterback position, it was the injuries. The defensive side of the ball got hit hard from the injury bug, with players such as Danny Trevethan, who was out for the final 7 games of the season, Roquan Smith, another key piece of the linebacking core who was out for the final 7 games of the season, and star defensive tackle Akiem hicks, who only played for the first 3 games. The Hicks injury was without a doubt the worst thing to happen to the Bears. This took pressure off of opposing offensive lines, and they were able to focus more on Khalil Mack. The fact they had so many injuries and still went 8-8 with mediocre QB play is pretty scary. Also, the Bears have improved on the defensive side tremendously. They signed edge rusher Robert Quinn to a huge 5 year, $70 million contract. Quinn, 30, is coming off the best season of his career where he produced 38 tackles and 11.5 sacks. That is a major upgrade over Leonard Floyd, who the Bears have released. They also signed Safety Tashuan Gipson to a one year deal to play along side Eddie Jackson. In the draft, they got a steal in Cornerback Jaylon Johnson in the second round. With many experts saying that if he never got injured he would have went in the first round. With many people doubting the bears due to Trubisky, they seem to forget about his pro bowl season just 2 years ago. The biggest issue with the Bears is the offensive line, which they somewhat fixed by signing Guard Germain Ifedi to help with the depth situation. They also drafted the best tight end in the draft Cole Kmet to give Trubisky an extra weapon. So with many improvements on both sides of the ball, its hard to see how the bears cant make the playoffs.
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