This weekend in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII will mark 11 years since the Bears last played in the Super Bowl. 32 years since they last hoisted a Lombardi trophy with joy. Decades of irrelevance and mistakes abound have led Chicago to this point.
But maybe this time, with Matt Nagy and the calculated risks he presents, it's different. Perhaps the Bears have a more clear path to at least have a Lombardi within their sights. As they sit mired in a current seven-year playoff drought, the plan should be more or less laid out on how they'll play, and win, in February once more.
To help lay out this blueprint, Adam Jahns - Bears beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times - joined me to discuss what the Bears must do on both sides of the ball to follow the Eagles' and Patriots' models, the future of some players such as Kyle Fuller and Bobby Massie, and more.
Mind you: with the right moves (and a leap from Mitchell Trubisky) no team is ever that far off.
On this episode of WCG Radio
Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times hops on WCG Radio to discuss the Bears’ Super Bowl blueprint, Brian Urlacher’s Hall of Fame candidacy, and more.
- Where the Bears have to improve offensively to be a title contender (Playmakers!)
- The future of Cody Whitehair and Bobby Massie
- Where the Bears have to improve defensively to be a title contender (Time to get Leonard Floyd some help)
- How continuity will factor in for this Bears defense’s growth with Vic Fangio’s return
- A confidence scale of Kyle Fuller returning to Chicago
- Matt Nagy and the Bears’ greatest challenge to win a Super Bowl now
- The future of youth football from the Dave Duerson bill to Olin Kreutz’s stance
- Which non-Bears NFL head coaching hire stuck out the most, where the Bears will measure themselves?
- Short WCG Mailbag on the Cubs and White Sox (indifference?)
- Super Bowl LII picks (again, very bold)
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times, an editor for Windy City Gridiron, and is a contributor to The Athletic Chicago.