A struggling offense limited the Chicago Bears in 2019. A record of 8-8 was a let down to almost every Bears fan. Without immediate improvements in the offense, the Bears dominant defense will go to waste. Potential solutions to the offensive woes were made in every way this off-season. These included the draft, free agency, and trades. We can only guess how effective these fixes will be until we see them on the field. So for now, here are predictions.
Mitchell Trubisky: 605 yards, 3 TDs, 4 INTs
Nick Foles: 3,730 yards, 27 TDs, 11 INTs
It’s uncertain who will be the starting quarterback come week one, but the team giving Trubisky one last shot should be expected. After about three games, the team will let veteran quarterback Nick Foles take over. Foles can be a game manager, and that’s all the Chicago Bears need to win games.
Allen Robinson: 110 catches, 1,520 yards, 11 TDs
Anthony Miller: 65 catches, 815 yards, 5 TDs
Ted Ginn Jr: 25 catches, 360 yards, 2 TDs
Javon Wims: 15 catches, 180 yards, 1 TD
Riley Ridley: 12 catches, 95 yards, 0 TDs
Darnell Mooney: 7 catches, 75 yards, 0 TDs
Most importantly, Allen Robinson emerged as a true number one receiver in 2019. Improved Quarterback play will hopefully help him get to the next level. Towards the end of the season, Anthony Miller started to break out. He consistently played at a high level for five games. The third year wide receiver should emerge as an adequate second option for either quarterback. After that, the rest of the group will have minimal, but still important roles in the offense.
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Jimmy Graham: 35 catches, 400 yards, 2 TDs
Cole Kmet: 30 catches, 320 yards, 4 TDs
These two tight ends will be by far the main contributors to the offense, at least as receiving threats. Jimmy Graham will lead the pack in catches and yards. Big bodied Cole Kmet will emerge as a red zone threat in a decent rookie year.
David Montgomery: 305 rushes, 1260 rushing yards, 9 rushing TDs, 25 receptions, 200 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs
Tarik Cohen: 75 rushes, 290 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 55 receptions, 370 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs
David Montgomery showed a lot of flashes in his rookie year. He was eighth in forced missed tackles while only carrying the ball 242 times. With improved offensive line play, he should have a breakout year. However, Tarik Cohen slowed down his production last year. He should be used as a gadget player to switch up the pace every once in a while.
How good will the offense be?
To sum up, the offense will produce drastically more in 2020. This isn’t exactly a difficult feat to accomplish, since an average offense will be an immense improvement from last season. The team will put up enough points through the air and ground to allow the defense to win us games. Of course no one is expecting the Chicago Bears to be a top offense in 2020, even the most inclined of Bears fans. However, there is just too much talent for them not to progress, and hopefully at least make it to the median.