This Bears blog picked up that Sports Illustrated had the Bears picked for 10 wins in 2017, noting that the 2016 team was decimated by injuries. First of all, as a Bears fan, I want them to go 16-0, but here’s what I actually thought of that prediction…
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA YOU MUST BE OUT OF YOUR MIND
The Bears have gaping holes across their roster. While I don’t have a crystal ball, it seems highly likely that they will drop Cutty soon (mid-March when the NFL “season” starts for 2017), and then they will have NO QB. We won’t count “St. Pick” Barkley or Hoyer who is a career backup who picks up enough stats in garbage time to look competent. Sure, they could get a QB by trade or the draft, but it seems like we will have one of the weakest starting QB’s going into the season of any team. See how that went for the Raiders or Texans, two teams 10x better than the Bears who were booted out of the playoffs promptly when they encountered teams with good QB play.
Sure they have some good defensive guys on their roster (usually hurt), but their secondary is a disaster and if they were actually trying to play competitive football this would be a gaping hole. If you swapped out the Bears secondary for guys on the practice squad of a typical team I don’t think we would see a dramatic difference, and that’s bad.
On offense – with Jeffrey probably gone (or hurt / suspended if he happens to be with the team) – we have terrible receivers and tight ends. True, we have a decent O line and running back but with no QB, receivers, or tight ends that’s not a formula for winning football.
Oh and let’s not forget that the Bears aren’t exactly a coaching / drafting powerhouse. Almost all of our top draft picks have been busts and the last thing we innovated was the T Formation.
If anyone is giving you the over / under on a 10 win season for the Bears, damn you’ve got to take the under on that, being a Bears fan notwithstanding.