Hello Let Me B-Frank nation! Jack “the Condor” Conlon is back to let you know the best insights for your Chicago Bears. For those that do not know me, I covered Da Bears last year. I am a loud, 5’7 red-faced Miller Lite drinking Irishman that currently resides in beautiful Scranton, PA selling the best beer on the planet. My passions in life are God, family, Miller Lite, and the Chicago Bears. Enough about me, let ME tell you what you need to know about the 2017 season.
Da Draft: April 27. A hot spring day around the nation. Desperate fans from Chicago tune in to see what their team will do with the number 3 pick. BOOM, the Bears trade their pick to move up one spot. All of us checking social media to figure out what in the world is going on. “Who are we going to get?!?” THE PICK IS IN. The crowd booing Roger Goodell. “With the second pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears select….. Mitchell Trubisky.”
Now before we all relive that moment and freak out, let me break this move down for you. The Bears signed Mike Glennon to be the starter for this year. He is a big unknown, but is regarded as being a solid option for any team. Mark Sanchez is another guy that was signed to join the wonderful tradition of Bear quarterbacks. Prior to the draft, any analyst would have told you that Mitchell Trubisky will be a great player, but he is not ready to be a starter in the NFL just yet. The Bears see Trubisky as “their guy”. If Mitch is as talented as they think he can be, then I am happy with the move. Obviously, he needs a lot of work (he has fumbled numerous snaps in training camp). Glennon and Sanchez are here while Mitch can develop. Mike Glennon has potential to win games and be a starting quarterback in this league. Like all Bears fans, I have concerns about a guy who lost a starting job to Josh McCown. That is why Mark Sanchez is here. We all know Mr.Buttfumble very well. However, Sanchez has had moments of average play and can control the offense if need be. Glennon will kickoff the season as the starter, but do not be surprised if by week 4 the city is screaming for Trubisky’s name.
Da Howard: Jordan Howard is by far the most underrated player in the NFL. I make plenty of outspoken remarks, but this is 100% true. Howard did not start the first few games last season, yet was second in rushing yards in the league. Interesting that he wasn’t listed in the NFL’s top 100 list (because we all know the league hates the Bears for some reason). Look for Howard to be a total workhorse this year and control the offense. With a top offensive line, I predict he will finish with the most rushing yards this season. For this team to have any success, they will have to rely on Howard creating 3rd and short options for them; then have whichever goon at quarterback make smart plays and not throw an interception.
Da Defense. The Bears defense looked to be heading towards the right direction last season. Leonard Floyd and Akiem Hicks were the leaders of the defense last year and I predict both contributing even more this year. Floyd enters year two smarter and bigger and Hicks is now in his contract year. Add Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper in the secondary, and a healthy LB crew of Pernell McPhee and Danny Trevethan, I see the unit moving up as a solid top 10 squad. I predicted that Jordan Howard would be a stud last season, now I am predicting rookie safety Eddie Jackson from Alabama will be this year’s surprise. Just wait…
Miller Time! With the additions of Dion Sims and second round pick Adam Shaheen, I think our favorite TE Zach Miller may not be a Bear next season (tears are rolling down my face as I am typing this). Prove us wrong Miller! I will still be drinking Miller Lite in your honor.