Most don’t want to admit it, however, the Chicago Bears are approaching a full rebuild that could begin as soon as the 2021 offseason begins.
It’s been another year of disappointment for the Chicago Bears franchise. After starting the 2020 regular season by winning five of their first six games, many assumed that the Bears were slowly heating up, with even the team believing they could be a Super Bowl contender.
Fast forward just six short weeks and the Bears are in the middle of a six-game losing streak that’s likely going to cost Head Coach Matt Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace their jobs. Since arriving in Chicago six years ago, Pace has just one winning season, which was in 2018. The same year also happened to be Nagy’s first with the Bears.
With a defense that continues to get older and an offense that could lose its best playmaker in Allen Robinson during the 2021 offseason, the Bears aren’t trending towards a retooling that some think will be happening. They’re in fact, closer to a full-scale rebuild.
That’s right, Akiem Hicks and Kyle Fuller aren’t getting any younger. Neither is Khalil Mack, who’ll be 30 years old by the time next season starts. Danny Trevathan is under contract through 2022 and even he has looked like a shell of himself.
It all hinges on what happens with Pace and Nagy. If both are fired, the next regime will walk into a roster that has some young playmakers in Roquan Smith, Jaylon Johnson, Darnell Mooney, and David Montgomery. Some underdeveloped talent like Cole Kmet will be available too.
But with Mitch Trubisky on his way out of town and Nick Foles under contract for at least two more seasons, whoever replaced Pace and Nagy will need to figure out the quarterback position. Maybe the next regime drafts someone in 2021 or they wait until 2022 to do so.
Most fans may not want to hit the reset button but the new regime will. Rather than try and fix the mistakes of the Pace/Nagy regime, it’d be easier to start over. Bring in a new front office and coaching staff that will work alongside each other, hopefully creating a sustainable football team in Chicago that can win games and be a playoff contender each year.
Sometimes it is just better to start over than to try and save something that hasn’t worked out. It can be the case with anything and it’s the best option for the Bears if the Monsters of the Midway are going to get back to their glory days.