2021 was an incredibly wasted year for the Chicago Bears

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The Chicago Bears began the calendar year of 2021 by ending the 2020 regular season with a 35-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. They still somehow had a playoff-worthy record but they were defeated by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Wild Card Round. It is better than not making the playoffs but they really had no chance.

Things were fun for a little bit during the offseason as the drama between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers reached an all-time high. That all started on draft day where the Bears traded up to select Justin Fields out of Ohio State University. He has a chance to be the quarterback of the future which is the one good thing to come of this year.

Unfortunately, that drama in Green Bay with Rodgers meant nothing as he ended up showing up and balling out. He might end up winning the MVP and the Packers are NFC North Champions again. The Bears wasted their whole season with Matt Nagy as their head coach. He proved for the final time that he is a bad head football coach but he should have been gone after 2020.

In 2021, the Bears also had quarterback drama and it was because of Matt Nagy’s ignorance. Andy Dalton was signed as a free agent before the draft and the team committed to him over Justin Fields prematurely. It felt like it was bad for the team’s chance to win and for the development of the future guy.

2021 was a wasted calendar year for the Chicago Bears which should force change.

The team went 5-10 during the 2021 portion of the 2021-22 season which is just disgusting. Ryan Pace deserves a lot of blame too because he put together a flawed roster and held on to a coach that couldn’t help his team take the next step.

It would have been nice to see the Bears at least take a step this year. Instead, they are in the exact same spot at the beginning of 2022 as they were in 2021. Having Justin Fields is a start but they need to avoid ruining him. We know how things go for talented quarterbacks who come to Chicago historically and all we can do here is hope for a change.

We can also hope that 2022 brings the change that the Bears need to finally move in the right direction again. It could happen if the right people realize that change is needed and bring it in the right areas. 2021 wasn’t a reason to be optimistic by any means but it is always fair to have some belief.

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