Yesterday, just the facts, ma’am. Today, the hopes. Our season preview continues by looking at six things – that if they happen – the Bears have a chance to be the best team in the league.
Hope 1. Mitch Trubisky will improve.
4,000 yards. 30+ touchdowns. 10-15 interceptions max. If Trubisky hits those numbers, he’s on the road to being one of the best in the game.
Hope 2. David Montgomery will be a very good running back.
The core of the Bears offense is their center and guards. Daniels, Whitehair and Long are angry, tough men. Montgomery is a big back that is hell to bring down. If the rookie is as advertised, the Bears could have the game’s best closer.
Hope 3. Eddy Pineiro will solidify the kicker position.
Here’s what the Bears fan wants: a kicker they don’t worry about from 43 yards. You wanna miss a few 52 yarders? Fine. You wanna be 75% from 45-50? Fine. But just be iron clad from inside 45. Be a steady, reliable figure for the organization. And stay the fuck off morning television.
Hope 4. The Bears will get production from the tight end position.
Trey Burton disappointed in 2018 and then mysteriously no-showed the playoff game. Adam Shaheen is all gravy, no meat. Ben Braunecker is nothing special but he’ll certainly find himself playing meaningful snaps this season. The Bears have a lot of toys (Tarik Cohen, Cordarrelle Patterson) to move the football but they still need the tight end spot to produce.
Hope 5. Allen Robinson will stay healthy.
Robinson has shown flashes of being an elite wide receiver but he has 56 catches total over the last two seasons due to health reasons alone. If the Bears want their passing attack to be explosive, Robinson needs to be on the field.