This has to be the most I’ve anticipated a Chicago Bears training camp since the 2006 season. That was year after Lovie Smith had the Bears in the playoffs with an 11-5 record, and his team was led by Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, Mike Brown. That team had one of the best defenses in the NFL, and the expectations on the offense taking a step under Rex Grossman had myself, and many fans fired up.
This offseaosn has me excited for a different reason. There is no recent success that gives me hope, rather it’s that I can finally see the end of the tunnel on the Ryan Pace rebuild. Mitchell Trubisky, all his new weapons, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, and the new offensive coaching staff all have me ready for some football.
Defensively this team is mostly the same, but that’s a good thing for this ascending group that has been learning and growing in the Vic Fangio system.
In my latest T Formation Conversation Podcast (Subscribe now on iTunes for free!), I take a stock up/stock down look a each position group on the Bears’ roster.
Maybe it’s just all the optimism surrounding the Bears, or maybe I’m drunk on Bears’ Kool-Aid, but I only have one position group in the stock down category.
Give the show a listen and let me know if you agree my my assessment.