When the Dallas Cowboys popularized the term triplets back during their great championship run in the 1990s, the threesome that received the moniker were a quarterback, a running back and a wide receiver. In a recent ESPN article, which we spotlighted right here, Bill Barnwell updated the triplet thought process to include any three offensive players. He had the threesome of Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White ranked as the 22nd set of offensive triplets in the NFL today.
We asked you guy to give us your best bet on which three Bears would be Chicago's top triple threat on O at the end of the 2016 season.
Barnwell decided to take the triplet theme over to the other side of the ball and rank the defensive triumvirates of every team in the NFL. For some reason ESPN decided that this version should be behind their Insider pay wall, so we'll only bring you where he had the Bears ranked. I will give you a hint as to his number one team, they rhyme with the Fleabattle G-Hawks.
30. Chicago Bears
LB Pernell McPhee, LB Danny Trevathan, DL Eddie Goldman
Things will get better for the Bears, who have one of the league's better defensive coaching staffs with John Fox and Vic Fangio running things. They upgraded massively at their weakest position this offseason, adding inside linebackers Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman. The problem is still Chicago's porous secondary, a unit that wasn't upgraded by anything more valuable than a fourth-round pick this offseason. The Bears should get more help from McPhee, who had five sacks in his first seven games last season before a knee injury sapped his effectiveness.
Well, to be fair, we've yet to see Trevathan in a Bears uni, Goldman is only in his second year and McPhee struggled through a 2nd half full of injuries last year.
Then again, McPhee was among the best at pressuring the QB, Goldman was among the better interior defensive lineman at doing the same and Trevathan is a do it all ILB that is entering the prime of his career.
Do you guys agree with these three guys as the Bears' defensive triplets?
I do think Goldman has a chance to be a special player, so I'd keep him there.
McPhee only has to stay healthy, but he has the skill set to be on this trifecta as well.
And I think Trevathan is going to play with a chip on his shoulder all season long to prove how much he was a part of that good Denver D of 2015.
The only other possibilities I could see sneaking into this discussion are Jerell Freeman and Willie Young. Freeman, because he'll play with the same edge that Trevathan will, and Young may hit that double digit sack mark that looks so sexy.
Give us your thoughts not only on Barnwell's picks, but him ranking the Bears at 30.