With their attempts at acquiring Russell Wilson and Kenny Golladay, the Chicago Bears seem to shift their priority to build the offense. That bodes well for the team’s future.
Well, the new NFL year is upon us and the Chicago Bears took some big swings in their attempt to improve their roster. They made a huge offer to the Seattle Seahawks to acquire quarterback Russell Wilson. Also, they made a very good offer to sign free agent wide receiver Kenny Golladay. General manager Ryan Pace missed on both of them but his attempts show a shift in the team’s priority.
Over the course of the Bears’ history, the team focused on having a strong defense. Some of the greatest defensive players in the history of the league wore Chicago Bears uniforms.
The Bears’ philosophy on offense has been very different, however. Aside from having some great running backs, Chicago’s offenses haven’t been lights out. The team’s philosophy is basically to have a good running game and a great defense.
That philosophy doesn’t work well in the modern NFL, though. This is now a passing league, one that loves to see lots of points scored. Yes, having a good defense is still a good thing, but in order to win you need to have a high-powered offense. This is something the Bears continue to lack.
Are the Bears shifting their priorities?
Perhaps the Chicago Bears are finally focusing on offense. The offensive line is stronger (aside from still having Charles Leno on the roster) and running back David Montgomery gives the offense a good running game. Now they need to improve the quarterback and wide receiver’s unit. That is what Pace was trying to do.
It looks like the Bears will go offense heavy in the draft this year. After failing to acquire Wilson and Golladay, Pace cut cornerback Kyle Fuller and replaced him with Desmond Trufant. He also signed linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and defensive lineman Angelo Blackson. While the Bears signed Andy Dalton, it is just for one year. Besides, he isn’t the future of the team, he’s just a bridge.
Yes, Pace will pick up some defensive players, but most of the early picks could go to the offensive side.
George McCaskey gave Pace one last chance to improve the roster. Many feel that means that the Bears need to win and go far in the playoffs in 2021. That isn’t necessarily the case, however. If he builds a strong roster and finds a quarterback prospect who looks to step up and get the job done, the McCaskey family may feel that Pace did a good job and that the Bears are on the right track. That will save Pace and possibly head coach Matt Nagy’s jobs.
This possible shift in attitude by the Bears is a good thing. The time for Chicago to come into the 21st century should be welcomed. While some fans lament the departure of Fuller (and later down the road Akiem Hicks), the team will go nowhere with a sputtering offense. Despite the struggles of the offense in the past three seasons, the Bears went to the playoffs twice. Imagine how much better this team could be if it had a decent offense.
It will be tough to change some of the fans’ fondness for the Monsters of the Midway defense. What the Bears need to do is to create the Monsters of the Midway on offense. Only then will dreams of championships will come to fruition.