The Chicago Bears are coming off a horrific 2021 season where they missed the playoffs.
However, they are back in 2022 with new coaches and general managers.
Bears hire Colts DC Matt Eberflus as new head coach. pic.twitter.com/uyO3sFLWKZ
– NFL (@NFL) January 28, 2022
Because of this, people think the team is rebuilding.
The release of Tarik Cohen, Danny Trevathan and Eddie Goldman reinforces this hypothesis.
They also traded Khalil Mack in the offseason for less than they paid for him in 2018.
Matt Eberflus on trading Khalil Mack: “We just thought about what was best for the organization going forward, looking at the whole package, the contract, looking at everything. For us, the club, it’s was the best decision for us… it will be good for us in the long run. pic.twitter.com/B5rQ6aiZbc
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) March 29, 2022
It makes fans think the Bears have no chance in 2022.
I’m here to say Chicago could win the NFC North.
Here are three things that can give the Bears staunch hope of an NFC North title in 2022.
3. Matt Eberflus may have a repeat of Matt Nagy’s 2018 season
New head coach Matt Eberflus can make the playoffs with the coaches he has around him.
He has a group of coaches who followed him from the Indianapolis Colts.
Nagy didn’t have that luxury when he was in charge.
Kansas City banned Nagy from bringing coaches with him on their coaching staff.
An NFC North title run in 2022 would mirror Nagy’s first year with the Bears in 2018.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 3, 2019
People during this season didn’t see the team as contenders.
However, a trade for Mack just before the start of the regular season changed everything.
Along with Mack, Nagy had one of the best defenses in the league for 2018.
Eberflus won’t need a Mack to make a playoff with the coaches he has around him.
2. Green Bay team weaker now after cuts and trades
The good news for the Bears this season comes from their rival, the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers traded their top receiver, cut two-fifths from their offensive line and released their top linebacker.
These players are Davante Adams, Za’Darius Smith, Billy Turner and Lucas Patrick
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will also be without his other favorite receiver, Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
All he has left is Randall Cobb, a receiver Rodgers loves but hasn’t had a good year since 2014.
Without some of their best players, the Packers will suffer in the 2022 season.
Chicago can take advantage of this and win the NFC North in 2022.
1. Free agency signings give hope for bear season
The Bears haven’t had mega-stars in free agency, but they have had talented players.
They added center Lucas Patrick, a former Packers starter.
Then they signed receivers Byron Pringle and Equanimeous St. Brown
The moves show the Bears appear to have fast receivers and extra protection for Justin Fields.
The offensive line was the worst in the NFL in 2021, giving up 58 sacks.
Patrick gives the offensive line that needed help for 2022.
Pringle brings the Bears a double threat, as he can return kicks and play receiver.
He was one of Patrick Mahomes’ targets for his 2021 season.
With the Chiefs, Pringle had 42 receptions for 568 yards and five touchdowns.
A revamped receiving squad gives Fields something to work with this season.
However, Patrick and the rest of the offensive line must protect Fields.
If they can do that, the Bears have a shot at winning the NFC North in 2022.