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

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Need more from tight ends

‘Paging the tight end group. Tight end group, please report to Halas Hall immediately for the 2019 season.’ Alright, all jokes aside, the Bears did not get the amount of production from their tight ends last year that they expected.

Adam Shaheen appeared on only six games last year (19 for his entire career). While he displayed small flashes of why the Bears drafted him, it is not nearly enough for the former second-round pick.

Trey Burton, on the other hand, was healthy, with the exception of the playoff game, but did not produce as much as fans had hoped. While he had 569 receiving yards on the year, 212 of those came in two games. That means that over the course of the other 14 games, he averaged 25.5 yards per game. Burton offers a dynamic skillset as a tight end, and with the way Nagy has utilized tight ends so effectively in his offenses, that seems like paltry production.

Which leads into the final thing that must happen for the Bears to win the Super Bowl. They must get more production out of their tight end group. Burton presents too many matchup problems for opposing defenses with his speed and ability to stretch the field almost like a wide receiver.

Shaheen presents mismatches as well, but for different reasons due to his size and length as a target –especially in the red zone. Perhaps his offseason mixed-martial arts training program will help him stay on the field more.

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If each of these players fulfills their roles, or alternatively, filled by other tight ends on the roster (e.g. Dax Raymond), it will add another dimension to the offense and allow Trubisky to exploit the middle of the field in a way he didn’t last season. Considering the improvement of the backfield, and the added talent to the wide receiver position, if the tight ends produce at a high-level, there literally may be no stopping this offense.