Key FA: Prince Amukamara, Mike Glennon,
Rookies: Mitchell Trubisky, Adam Shaheen, Eddie Jackson
Key Losses: Alshon Jeffery, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley
There are a select few teams whose franchises are banished to football purgatory. The Chicago Bears are members of this never-ending cycle of bad draft picks/signings. The Bears finally made the decision to can Jay Cutler, who arguably was their number one problem. Also gone in Chicago are Brian Hoyer, and once hyped USC quarterback Matt Barkley. A team will only go as far as their quarterback can take them.
The Bears lived up to their bad free agent signings by inking quarterback Mike Glennon to a 3-year, 45 million dollar contract. One move I actually do agree with was drafting Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky can come in and either start or sit behind Glennon and get a feel for the game. The NFC North as a whole is a weak rushing division, but Chicago is the one exception. Jordan Howard is looking to repeat his breakout rookie campaign in which he rushed for over 1,300 yards and 6 touchdowns. Ironically, the strength of the Bears rushing attack on offense is their weakness on defense.
The Bears’ ranked 27th in rushing yards allowed almost allowing 2,000 yards! The secondary, on the other hand, just improved with the arrival of defensive back Prince Amukamara entering the starting lineup. I expect this to be a bridge year for the Bears and rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky. With not much being done on the defensive side of the ball, I expect the Windy City to fall out of playoff contention considerably early in 2017.