What Is All the Fussing About Chicago?
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The Chicago Bears are hibernating during the early parts of the new league year. This off-season should be the standard set for expectations during future free agency periods. This young roster is loaded with talent on each side of the ball. The Bears do not have many holes to fill. Yet, fans are clamoring for something, anything to enhance the roster.
This is how competent general managers execute each off-season. Great teams have stars and contributors. The front office designates a premium on certain positions then acts accordingly. Pace has reiterated all along he wants to build through the draft. He needed time to get the roster to that level. Now, the Bears believe they are inside that window of opportunity. Although they don't pick until the third round, this front office has excelled with middle-round selections.
This off-season Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan walked away from Halas Hall to get paid. Good for them, but in reality, they were arguably the 10th and 11th best defenders on the top defense in the NFL. Both had holes in their game and zero combined Pro Bowl appearances. Each season, players with similar profiles get overcompensated in free agency.
The Patriots are notorious for watching players leave New England for huge paydays while they professionally wave good-bye. New England's philosophy gained their front office four compensatory picks in the upcoming draft. Great organizations understand this system of addition through subtraction because draft capital is everything.
The Bears haven't been awarded a compensatory pick since 2009. Chicago is 75-85 during that span, 63-81 when excluding last year's turnaround. Halas Hall has failed on numerous occasions for decades. Pace came in to clean up the mess.
Only Kyle Long, Kyle Fuller, Charles Leno, and Pat O'Donnell remain from the previous regime. These four players experienced winning football for the first time in their careers under Pace and Coach of the Year Matt Nagy. The new-look Bears are currently in uncharted waters. Finally, the rest of the NFC North has to catch up to Chicago, who only suffered one division loss last season.
Ryan Pace has assembled a winning roster. Yes, he has made some mistakes but every GM has errors on his resume. Halas Hall is not panicking this off-season nor should the Bears' fans. Business as usual wasn't getting the job done. This off-season should be a breath of fresh air for Da Bears faithful. Hopefully, last season was a taste of what is to come for the Chicago Bears, sustainability and consistency at Soldier Field.
Until next time, stay thirsty and BEAR DOWN! JT out.