Chicago Bears: Is defense is the key to Mitch Trubisky’s success?

If the Chicago Bears want to turn their franchise around, the team has to hope quarterback Mitch Trubisky is the real deal. The Bears have been uncharacteristically bad since the firing of head coach Lovie Smith. Something about Chicago teams who don’t know a good thing when they see it. Both the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears fired head coaches Tom Thibodeau and Lovie Smith respectively after consecutive playoff appearances. While neither coach was bringing a championship to town, these moves would prove to be the beginning of the end for their winning ways.

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Now the Bears hope like they have found their missing piece. Drafted the second pick overall in 2017’s NFL Draft Mitch Trubisky would eventually be the guy after years of watching an inconsistent Jay Cutler who the Bears may have hitched their wagon too for far too long. Unfortunately for Chicago, Trubisky would prove just as inconsistent in his rookie season. In 12 games, he’d throw for 2,193 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 7 Interceptions. While those numbers don’t scream elite, the Bears offense would find a spark once Trubisky was named the starter proving they might have something to build on.

In his defense, any rookie quarterback who is sacked 31 times in a season (2.5 per game) is going to struggle with consistency. The Bears need to go out and solidify an offensive line if they expect Trubisky to show off the full range of his skill set. They already have a few position players like Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen with Trubisky under center. If they build their bruisers up front to strengthen the talent they have in the run game then play action and deeper routes will start to open up in their passing game. Control the clock football isn’t what Bears fans want to see, but if they can dominate the run and build a powerhouse defense in the offseason they’ll have a little more breathing room.

Playing in the NFC West the Chicago Bears will need to have defense on their side. All three of their division rivals have pass-happy offenses. They can’t afford mediocrity on defense if they expect their offense to succeed. Find out who their star players are and build an even better defense around them. They’re not going to compete with the gun slingers right away and need to find ways to stop them. One of the easiest ways to defend against powerhouse offenses is winning the turn over battle. The Bears will need to go out and find ball hawk defensive backs and hard-hitting linebackers who find ways to put the football on the ground. Chicago needs to go back to their roots to turn around a 5-11 team. Defense wins championships but it also helps develop young quarterbacks like Mitch Trubisky. Getting the football in good field positions means the young quarterback will have to do less. Take a page out of their old playbook and build the right side of the football this offseason.

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