Chicago Bears: 3 things that must happen to win Super Bowl LIV

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Chicago Bears, Mitchell Trubisky
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Mitch progresses

Perhaps the single most important thing that must happen for the Bears to win next year’s Super Bowl rests on the shoulders of No. 10. If Mitchell Trubisky takes the next step not just in this offense, but in his progression as an NFL signal-caller, then you have to like their chances in the playoffs.

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In fact, if he elevates his game enough, it could single-handedly compensate for deficiencies in other areas of the team. A common narrative out there at the moment is that the Bears could experience some regression by particular players or even a particular unit.

While that’s not a belief held by yours truly, if it were to happen, Trubisky elevating his play could cure those ills.

If the preliminary reports out of the Bears’ organized team activities (OTAs) is any indication, things are looking pretty good. For starters, the coaching staff senses a different Trubisky in the building this offseason compared to last year. Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich stated there was a “different air” about him this year.

He is so much more comfortable with the offense compared to last year that he isn’t just reacting to what he sees. He’s developing a mastery of it that is allowing him to anticipate and manipulate coverages. Whereas last season he was just trying to tread water with all the new personnel and information he was given, this season he is taking control, which will allow him to maximize the advantages of Nagy’s offensive system. It should also help him clean up some of his weaknesses from last season — especially failing to identify the open receiver.

To say Bears fans should be giddy with where is at compared to this same point last year, would be a tremendous understatement.