I’m not interested in talking about another Bear loss because hey, clinic that’s obviously no fun. What I’m more interested in is talking about the current status of the team and a few of my thoughts about the overall 2015-2016 season. I am hopeful that the future looks a heck of a lot brighter given the current status of the Chicago Bears and here are my takeaways as of today:
- Every Chicago fan knew that this year would be a rebuilding year for the Bears; expectations were not set very high. I’m not shocked we’ll be missing the play-offs for the fifth year in a row and I’m not shocked we have a 5-9 record. Has it been the most fun season to watch? Not particularly, see but I have enjoyed watching the team become a team again after the disaster that was the Marc Trestman experiment. The camaraderie and sense of team coming out of the locker room and in interviews to me indicates the toxic players and tensions have left. There’s been no locker room blow-outs, negative press talk or drama. Quite simply put, the Chicago Bears are no longer a bad soap opera and for that, Chicago fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
- Five sacks and one INT against the Vikings does equal one bad game for QB Jay Cutler. But love him or hate him, Chicago cannot deny that Jay has played one of the best seasons since he moved to the Bears. 274/433 for 3,258 yards, 18 TDs and 8 INT with 92.3% rating? Unbelievable. Offensive Coach Adam Gase and Head Coach John Fox for coach of the year? Why the heck not! I will never looooove Jay or believe he’s worth the money the Bears decided to pay him, but if he can play well, I definitely won’t root against him or wish him to another team.
- Since play-off chances are clearly blown, the next couple of games the coaching staff will be re-evaluating players and considering what positions will need to be filled via the draft. My guess is we’ll be looking at the offensive line, safety and special teams in 2016 and any player currently filling any of those roles should be scared for their job security; with some of the potential draft options I’ve been reading about, players could easily be replaced. Also, while we’re talking about draft prospects, can we talk about how excited I am to finally see rookie WR Kevin White play next season? I foresee our offense being insanely strong in the very near future.
Next Up for 2015:
Bears take on former coach, Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8) in Tampa at 12PM CST on FOX. My bets are on the Bears and you can check back next week for my recap.