The Chicago Bears had Super Bowl aspirations going into training camp and there are three reasons they are going to fall way short of that goal.
The 2018 Chicago Bears were one of the elite teams in the National Football League. They cruised to a 12-4 record and an NFC North Division title by having the best defense in the league and an offense that supplemented the defense with what they need. They led the league in takeaways and they scored enough points on offense, and defense, for that matter.
Head coach Matt Nagy was the NFL’s coach of the year in his rookie coaching season. Things were definitely good for the team that plays on Lake Shore Drive. They had a devastating end to the season as they lost a game that they would have won, had they had a competent kicker. Cody Parkey hit the ball off the post and the crossbar for the infamous “Double Doink” and the season was over.
Following what was an otherwise great season and a few subtle moves to improve the team, it was fair for the most rational fan to believe this team had a chance to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in 2019-20. They were returning the league’s best defense and the quarterback was headed into his second full season. There was hope that the long Super Bowl drought in Chicago could come to an end and these guys would become legends.
Oh how that was wrong. The Bears are one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL and they are not only not a Super Bowl team, but they are not even a playoff team. This has been a nightmare of a season for Chicago and there are three main reasons why: