People who have read my site all of these years (all three of you), know that I tend to be on the negative side when it comes to our teams. Now, I will say that most of you can say the same seeing how our teams have performed in our lifetimes. It’s been brutal for the most part. When it comes to Chicago sports, we as fans tend to just wait for a collapse because really, that’s usually what happens. However, with the Bears, I’ve felt good about this team since Phil Emery was put in charge to run the show. I became even more optimistic when Lovie Smith was shown the door after last season.
Yes. It’s still frustrating to see them play even now but you cannot convince me that they are worse than last year. I think they are a much better team this year even though the defense continues to suck. Does it make you want to scream at the TV when the Bears outplay a team like the Vikings, yet, have to come back in the final minute to win it? Yes. Does it piss you off that the Bears get a three touchdown lead on a then, win-less Steelers team only to let them back in it in the final quarter? Sure. Does it suck to almost lose to the win-less Giants? Yes.
This brings me to Phil Emery. I think his first offseason, he was trying to figure out the team which I think all general managers do during the first time they draft players. This last draft, Emery seemed to focus heavily on helping the offense. In one offseason, he fixed the offensive line completely. He signed free agents Matt Slauson and Jermon Bushrod (by cracky). He then drafts Kyle Long and Jordan Mills. Most of you will agree, the offensive line has been solid all year.
With this next draft, I don’t think there is any doubt that Emery will focus solely on fixing the defense. The Bears need help everywhere on this side of the ball. The most important, being the line. I think secondary should follow that with linebackers being addressed last. Regardless, we all should have complete faith in Emery to do this. A lot of the players will be free agents this year and he made it clear that no contract extensions will be given until the season is completed. He is telling everyone to earn their paycheck and that’s how it should be. This makes me feel really good about the team going forward.
I am not going to go far as saying the Bears will miss the playoffs. In fact, I think they have a very good chance to make the playoffs this year. As we all know, once a team is in the playoffs, they have just as much of a chance as any other team. Anybody expect the Ravens to win the Super Bowl last year or even win it? Raise your hand if you did. Anybody? Exactly.