5 Chicago Bears who need strong finishes to the season

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Sam Mustipher has to finish the season strong for the Chicago Bears

Last year, when the Bears finished the year strong, it was largely due to the play of the makeshift offensive line. David Montgomery found a lot more running room over his final six games, and much of it came because the line finally figured things out.

Sam Mustipher being plugged in at center seemed to look like a long-term solution because of how well he played. This season, though, has been a different story.

Per Pro Football Focus, Mustipher has the NFL’s fifth-worst run-blocking grade out of all qualifying offensive linemen as we speak. He has been atrocious this season by all accounts.

Mustipher has seen several botched snaps which have led to loss of yardage, broken plays and even fumbles. It is no longer safe to believe Mustipher will be part of the starting offensive line going into next year. In fact, the Bears would be best served sliding Cody Whitehair back to center and looking at a new starting guard.

Whether it’s on the Bears or another team, Mustipher is fighting for a job in the future at this point. The way he’s played, most teams wouldn’t want to have him on their roster at this point. Next year, he could be out of a job if he doesn’t start to turn things around.