Ah, the Bears and 49ers. Not at all geographically linked, but what seems like one of the NFL’s next great budding rivalries. Without even taking into account that 2018 will mark the fifth-straight year Chicago and San Francisco meet, you also have the Ryan Pace and John Lynch swindling factor, as well as the juxtaposition of proposed franchise quarterbacks in Mitchell Trubisky and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Seeing as how both franchises have been mired in obscurity recently, for this to actually become a valuable NFL rivalry there needs to be more fun and competitive play on the field. Provided Trubisky and Garoppolo continue to grow, this matchup looks like it could soon be that gift that keeps on giving.
On the latest WCG Radio, SB Nation NFL Editor and Niners Nation Editor-in-chief, David Fucillo joined me to discuss the latest with the 49ers. Are they getting too much hype? What’s to be appreciated about Lynch’s vision? How has Richard Sherman looked while coming back from an Achilles?
And, most importantly: why is Garoppolo so darn handsome?
We answer all of these questions and more.
Without further ado, the latest Bears 2018 opponent preview on the 49ers and their dreamboat at quarterback.
On this episode of WCG Radio
- Second year of the Lynch and Kyle Shanahan era: changed expectations
- San Francisco perspective on the Trubisky trade (it’s fine!)
- Jimmy Garoppolo’s second season in the Bay Area: too much hype?
- One underrated area people don’t talk enough about on the 49ers roster (hello, weapons!)
- One area that could be the team’s Achilles heel
- Staying competitive in a growing NFC West with the Rams: is LA now the 49ers’ rival?
- Free agency review (Sherman’s revenge!)
- Draft review (Notre Dame anchors)
- Bears-49ers preview: what Chicago has to do for an upset
- How to spend the last weekend without pro football
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