Editorial: Bears can break string of futility

August 2, 2018 GMT

The Chicago Bears haven’t suffered through five consecutive losing seasons in almost two decades.

But they are on the cusp of matching such futility this year, as Chicago enters the 2018 campaign with four straight losing seasons on its resume.

With the Bears prepared to open the preseason Thursday in a matchup against Baltimore in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, their loyal fan base might have trouble comprehending how the streak will end this year.

But the first several summer camp practices recently held at Olivet Nazarene University give reason for hope. That hope centers around Matt Nagy, the team’s young and energetic new head coach.

Observers already have noticed more spirited workouts, and Nagy’s passionate style has been embraced by Bears’ players, who have described Nagy as “cool.”

Recent NFL history also provides hope. The Los Angeles Rams hired a young, enthusiastic coach in Sean McVey last year, and the team rebounded from a string of struggles to compile an 11-5 record and make the playoffs.

There’s another similarity. The Rams relied on the young coach-quarterback combination of McVey and Jared Goff to succeed, and the Bears have a similar arrangement with Nagy and Mitch Trubisky.

So, when you tune into Thursday’s game, do so with a measure of hope. There is reason to believe this could be a different year for the Bears.