Draft night felt like Christmas to Chicago Bears fans. I mean, when all your friends have the latest trending toy (like, say, a hotshot quarterback prospect or a legitimate starting quarterback), to get one of your own is a dream come true.
Unfortunately, Mom said you had to finish playing with your old one first, and you still have to wait to take this one out of the packaging. Instead, Mom got you a well-used option that’s been batted around a few too many times to tide you over until it’s time for the shiny new thing.
So here we are on opening night, with Justin Fields taking the backup role to Andy Dalton, on Sunday Night Football, with an offensive head coach that has thus far put up pedestrian at best numbers in his three years at the helm of the Bears.
With the plan for Fields’ development being to limit him to practice reps and not let him see the field because it worked for Donovan McNabb and Patrick Maholmes under Andy Reid, the Bears hope Dalton can provide enough offensive spark to win games, starting with a Los Angeles Rams opponent that only starts the premier defensive lineman and a premier defensive back in the league. Coupled with the trade of Jared Goff to bring in former division rival Matthew Stafford, that’s an uphill climb for an offense that has ranked 21st or lower in yards the last three seasons and a rookie defensive coordinator beginning his campaign without Eddie Goldman.
Not the rosiest picture, to be sure. But it is the NFL, and with the brand-new campaign comes a pretty-much brand-new receiving corps, returning only Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney from last year’s group. With the trade of Anthony Miller and releases of Javon Wims and Riley Ridley, and adding Dalton and Fields to the quarterback room, maybe the Navy and Orange finally have some of the tools for Matt Nagy to finally show us what his scheme is all about.
Week 1 is finally here. For the first time this season, Bear Down, my friends.
The WCG Sunday Livestream finally returns, and the Bears have no shortage of things to talk about. We’ll get into Matt Nagy’s development plan, figure out if the defense can get to where it needs to go starting Kindle Vildor and Duke Shelley, do some overs and unders, and just be happy that football has returned.
Of course, there are the usual assortment of ways to get a hold of us:
- Here. These comments. The comments still work, right?
- Over in the Twitch chat at Steven’s Twitch channel
- And over on our Twitter accounts: Steven, Sam and Jeff.
As per usual, we’ll go live around 9:30 AM CT and talk with you for a couple hours. See you then!