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How The Chicago Bears Can Compete For A Super Bowl

Head Coach Matt Eberflus and General Manager Ryan Poles have been working hard to rebuild the Chicago Bears' roster to become a true Super Bowl contender this season. With all their new additions to the team this off-season, it's time to start considering the Bears as serious contenders. Let's look at what Chicago needs to do to win the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in 38 years.

New Look Bears' Offense

Chicago has revamped its offense this off-season by adding playmakers to every level. They acquired running back D'Andre Swift and tight end Gerald Everett through free agency while acquiring wide receiver Keenan Allen through a trade with the Chargers. In the NFL draft, they also added wide receiver Rome Oduzne.

The addition of Caleb Williams, who was the first overall pick, has strengthened Chicago's quarterback position. Williams brings arm talent and anticipation as a passer that will allow him to thrive early in his NFL career. He is expected to elevate the Bears' offense immediately and has walked into one of the best situations a first-overall pick has ever entered. He has arguably the best wide receiver room in the NFL with D.J. Moore, Keenan Allen, and Rome Odunze. His tight end room includes Cole Kmet and Gerald Everett, and his running back room includes D'Andre Swift, Khalil Herbert, and Roschon Johnson.

The Continued Play Of The Defense

The Bears' defense became a top 5 unit in the NFL after trading for star edge Montez Sweat. Since Sweat joined the Bears in week 9, the Chicago defense has been performing exceptionally well, ranking fifth in total defense (272.2 YPG), fifth in pass defense (180.6 YPG), ninth in scoring defense (18.2 PPG), and tied for second in takeaways (11), according to NFL Research. If the Bears' defense can maintain this level of performance, they will have a chance to win every game.

Upgraded Special Teams

The addition of punter Tory Taylor in the fourth round of the draft is expected to have a positive impact on Chicago's special teams as well as its defense. Last year, the Bears' defense often started in unfavorable field positions due to the offense either going three and out or the punts from Trenton Gill not putting the defense in a strong position. However, this concern is no longer an issue with Taylor on the roster now. During his tenure at Iowa, Taylor set records for the number of punts and total punt yardage and won the Ray Guy Award in 2023, recognizing him as the nation's best punter.

Final Thoughts

It is a fact that a rookie quarterback has never won the Super Bowl. However, it is also worth noting that a rookie quarterback with Caleb Williams's exceptional skillset is joining a team with talent at every level.

The Bears are in a highly competitive division, with the Lions and Packers both viewed as potential playoff teams. Last year, the Bears were able to compete with these teams despite having a less talented roster.

Now is the time for the Chicago Bears to emerge.


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