The term "triplets" in football has been popular ever since the Dallas Cowboys' threesome of Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Troy Aikman led them to three Super Bowl championships in the 1990s. Those three were Hall of Fame players at running back, wide receiver and quarterback respectively.
While not every team has a Hall of Fame triumvirate wreaking havoc on the opposition, teams are all thriving to have multiple play-makers on each side of the ball.
ESPN's Bill Barnwell recently ranked the offensive triplets of every team in the NFL, but he didn't limit it to the RB/WR/QB triple threat. He figures in this day and age where teams are passing the ball more than ever, that shoehorning a running back into the triplets of today makes little sense.
His top triplets are quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it's hard to argue with his choice.
Barnwell had the Chicago Bears in the bottom third.
22. Chicago Bears
QB Jay Cutler, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Kevin White
The aforementioned Gase did yeoman's work in restoring Cutler's reputation after a dismal 2014. You would expect Cutler to look worse in 2016 as a result, but there are reasons to think he might look more like the league-average quarterback from last year, even without Gase and Martellus Bennett. Zach Miller was useful and returns as the tight end, but more important, Cutler's offensive line should be improved with Bobby Massie in at right tackle and Kyle Long shifting back inside to guard. Most important is the arrival of White after missing all of his rookie season with a fractured shin. Even if the No. 7 overall pick from last year's draft takes some time to get comfortable, he should be an enormous upgrade on the combination of Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson alongside Jeffery.
With Chicago's running back crew moving towards a committee approach, it's hard to put one of them in this spot. White definitely has the upside to be one of Chicago's top threats, but is that enough to include him in their triplets? Jeffery has Pro Bowl skills, and even with missing six games last year, he was the Bears leader in receptions and yards.
I'm really hoping Miller can stay healthy and build off his career year, but he hasn't played back to back relatively healthy seasons since 2009 and 2010. Cutler, whether you like him or not, is a no-brainer as one of their triplets in 2016.
I think when the 2016 season is in the books that Barnwell's Bears' threesome will be Chicago's offensive triplets. Health will obviously play a factor, but Jeffery and White should be head and shoulders above the other offensive skill players as far as production goes.
Which three offensive Bear players do you predict as their triplets for 2016?