After getting over the shock of a baffling defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Chicago Bears will need to enter this offseason with a different mindset.
It took a while, but I think I finally finished decompressing after the Chicago Bears‘ season coming to a crashing halt. If you haven’t, no one can blame you. No doubt, it ranked up there among the most painful, gut-wrenching losses in Chicago sports history.
That’s the “PG” way to put it and I could rant about all the good, bad, and absolutely bonkers things that happened for hours. There were at least 10 plays that were decided by inches and easily could’ve swung the game in any which direction.
But that time has long passed and I’d rather not open up the wounds too quickly.
It’s a matter of opinion to say whether Matt Nagy’s inaugural season with the club should be seen as a success. Sure, the Bears won the NFC North for the first time since 2010 after years of being stuck in the NFC North cellar. But the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles will leave a sour taste in the mouth after a 12-4 season that saw the Bears play a level we haven’t seen in years. Ultimately, there were lots of things worked in Chicago’s favor this season.
But what if those things don’t fall their way next season?
What then? They had a relatively easy schedule but now face a very treacherous path this upcoming fall. Can they replicate the results? Can they avoid another burning Wild Card round exit? That’s the problem: nothing in the NFL is guaranteed.
There’s no greater example than the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last year, they were one or two plays from advancing to the Super Bowl. This season, they were borderline unwatchable and featured what was a sorry excuse for quarterback play as they took back the basement in the AFC South.
While there’s a good chance the Bears avoid a similar fate, these are the kind of events and scenarios that teams need to traverse on a year-to-year basis.
What other thoughts, questions, and concerns face the next season?