The Chicago Bears have seen vast improvement from the last couple seasons during the final stretch of the 2023-2024 season. After an abysmal 2-7 start to the season that had fans ready to fire everyone and start over yet again, the Bears have seemingly turned a corner and find themselves able to finish the year on a 3 game winning streak - if they are able to take down the Packers on Sunday.
With the improvement in record comes improvement of the roster. A lot of credit needs to go to general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus for rallying the troops and bringing this unit together. The results of that have collectively shown, but also individually. At this year's Pro Bowl, the Bears will be represented by defensive lineman Montez Sweat and cornerback Jaylon Johnson, who were both selected to their first Pro Bowl appearances.
These were the only two Bears that made it onto the NFC Pro Bowl roster this season. To the outside world, that doesn't come as too much of a shock. The Bears did not have anyone selected to the game last year. But to both Bears fans and players, that seems like a short list. With all the improvements this season has brought to the organization, it's hard to believe that just two guys will get the nod to represent the NFC.
Sweat and Johnson are absolutely worthy of their accomplishment, but there are three other Bears that have the right to feel snubbed in the Pro Bowl selections.
DJ Moore Feels Snubbed From the Pro Bowl.
Not often in Chicago Bears history has a wide receiver been in a position to feel "snubbed" from a Pro Bowl appearance. The Bears have never had a 4,000 yard passer, nor a 2,000 yard receiver in their 100+ year history, which is astonishing. That will remain true after this season. But wide receiver DJ Moore is feeling a bit left out of this year's voting.
Moore posted this on X (Twitter) after the results of voting were released. He has 1,300 yards and 8 touchdowns receiving this season, as well as 1 rushing touchdown. He generated 60 first downs in his 92 receptions this year with 506 yards after catch. Basically, if the ball was in Moore's hands, more times than not the Bears offense was on the move.
There was so much hype for Moore this season after the Bears traded last season's number one overall pick in the draft to bring him to Chicago. Quarterback Justin Fields was finally given a bonafide number one target to make big plays with. While the season started slow, these two have found their stride as a tandem as of late. This late push was good enough for Moore to feel like he deserved the nod to the Pro Bowl.