The Chicago Bears (8-8) wrapped up their season Sunday with a 21-19 win over the Minnesota Vikings. The disappointing record comes a year after the Bears won the NFC North Division and secured a playoff spot. The offseason now begins as the team looks for answers as to what went wrong.
Chief among those concerns is what to do at the quarterback position. Bears starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is under contract for another season (with a fifth year option). Trubisky’s play has been criticized heavily this season for its inconsistency.
However, drafting a quarterback in the first round of the draft probably won’t be an option considering the Bears don’t have a first-round pick. Last season, in a blockbuster move, the Bears traded two first-round draft picks to the Oakland Raiders for linebacker Khalil Mack.
Quarterback isn’t the only position that needs a boost in the offseason, though. The Bears were riddled with injuries on the offensive line and didn’t get enough production from their tight end group.
Former Bears offensive lineman and WTTW News football analyst James “Big Cat” Williams gives us three questions the Bears need to answer in the offseason.
1. Who can Pace and Nagy bring in (through the draft or free agency) to have a real competition at the quarterback position
2. Which players made enough of an impact to be back next year, from the long list of free agents that are on the Bears roster now? Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, offensive lineman Ted Larsen, quarterback Tyler Bray, offensive lineman Rashaad Coward, linebacker Aaron Lynch and defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris to just name a few.
3. After coach Nagy has a chance to go back and look at the 2019 season, does he still feel that his way of handling the game day responsibilities of being head coach and the offensive coordinator is still the best way or would it be in their best interest to let someone else call plays?