Bears Preview Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)
New faces: Coach Matt Nagy, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, OLB Khalil Mack, WR Allen Robinson, TE Trey Burton, WR Taylor Gabriel, K Cody Parkey, rookie LB Roquan Smith, rookie WR Anthony Miller, rookie G/C James Daniels.
Key losses: Coach John Fox, WR Cameron Meredith, LB Pernell McPhee, LB Willie Young.
Strengths: Bears rebuilt offense around QB Mitchell Trubisky, swung huge deal with Oakland to land two-time All-Pro Mack. Chicago hired Nagy to replace fired Fox, brought in playmakers such as Robinson, Burton. RBs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen formed solid tandem last season. Mack could help turn defense that ranked 10th overall into elite unit for Monsters of the Midway. Chicago re-signed defensive coordinator Vic Fangio after turning him down for head coaching job, also drafted potential cornerstone Smith with No. 8 overall pick.
Weaknesses: Plenty of question marks surrounding offense. Nagy is in first head coaching job after working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. Trubisky is unproven. Robinson is coming back from torn ACL in left knee during last year’s opener with Jacksonville. Guard Kyle Long is coming off two injury-riddled seasons.
Fantasy Players To Watch: Trubisky and Robinson. The two could be in line to put up big numbers in more aggressive system under Nagy, particularly if Trubisky makes jump in Year 2. He threw for 2,193 yards with 59.4 completion percentage in 12 starts after being drafted with No. 2 overall pick last year, but had as many TDs as interceptions (seven). Robinson made Pro Bowl in 2015.
Vegas Says: Super Bowl 105-1. Over/under wins 6 1/2.
Expectations: Bears enter season believing better days are in store after four straight last-place finishes in NFC North, particularly after trading for Mack. How soon still largely hinges on Trubisky’s development. GM Ryan Pace spent offseason bringing in coaches, playmakers he believes will help get most out of prized QB. Bears would obviously love to see Trubisky make big jump in second year, like Carson Wentz, Jared Goff.
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