6 Bears on Thin Ice After Shane Waldron Hiring

Which Chicago Bears players are on thin ice after the Shane Waldron hiring?

Jan 7, 2024; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) during the game
Jan 7, 2024; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) during the game / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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4. The running back position

There's no doubt that the Chicago Bears had one of the best overall running games in the NFL this past season, but that was largely due to Justin Fields leading the team with 657 total rushing yards. When you get that kind of production from your quarterback, of course you're going to have some inflated statistics.

But what about the running back position?

Under Shane Waldron, you can expect a huge emphasis on running the football, something he did a lot of with the Seattle Seahawks. The Bears are currently projected to say goodbye to pending free agent D'Onta Foreman who accounted for 502 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns last season.

The team's leader in rushing attempts was Khalil Herbert, who is entering a contract year and has a career average of 4.9 yards. He's now got second-year player Roschon Johnson breathing down his neck for snaps in 2024 and with Herbert entering his contract year, I think the Bears could look to emphasize this position in free agency or the NFL Draft.

This year's free agent crop at running back is stellar with the likes of Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs currently projected to hit the market. I think with a new coordinator coming in, the running backs currently on the roster should be expecting some substantial competition for snaps in the near future.