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Bears Season Review
Grade : B-
The Bears played really well this season, and honestly deserve a better grade.The way they got bounced from the playoffs after such a bright season was tragic, but thats postseason football. With a young core and world class defense, Chicago will look back on this season and see more positive than negative.
Chicago ended the regular season with a 12-4 record, winning the NFC North. The Bears started the season red hot, winning nine of the first ten games they played. Second year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had a breakout season, throwing 24 TDs, 17 more than his rookie numbers last season. Trubisky also had 1,000 more yard throwing than his total last season, vastly improving, and giving Chicago huge production so early in his career. Running backs Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard split touches from the running back position, and Chicago was able to find a rythme in their offense this year. This offense was multidimensional, and thrived on the athletic ability of Trubisky, who accumulated 400+ rushing yards this season.
To go along with a clicking offense, the Bears had one of the best defenses in the league. Chicago had the best run defense by far, and added a great pass rusher in Khalil Mack at the beginning of the season. Chicago was able to mesh into one of the best young defenses in the league this season. Rookie Roquan Smith looked like a top 15 player on defense, leading a formidable linebacking core that dominated run games all season long. The Chicago secondary was impactful as well, with Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson snagging six and seven interceptions respectively.
Although it was a very rough ending to a very promising season, their is actually light at the end of this tunnel for Chicago. The Bears were able to build their roster during the season, and better yet, find their own football identity. For the first time in a very long time, it seems like Chicago has a long term quarterback to go with the high level of defense. Look for Chicago to make big noise next year in the league.