Justin Fields has shown he's ready for the NFL.
Stopping Alvin Kamara and disappointing Mitchell Trubisky. That's how the Chicago Bears can upset the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs on Sunday.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. After last season’s playoff berth and Coach of the Year honours for their rookie head coach hire, Bears Nation went into this season hoping to take the next step forward. With a second full offseason to fully immerse his unit in his offensive scheme, in particular third year quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Matt Nagy’s team were expected to make a significant leap forward.
However, given the depth of Chicago's roster and lack of turnover, I’m cautiously optimistic about the Bears chances of playing football into January.
Another NFL season has been and gone, finishing off with Super Bowl LIII. The excitement of the Super Bowl often overshadows the NFL Honours Awards announced Saturday evening, where the league comes together to celebrate the most outstanding players and another year of excellence in the NFL.
Nagy is the first Bears head coach, since George Halas in 1920, to win double digit games. That indicates the first-rate job the ex-Delaware and Arena League quarterback has done in turning this team around. The Bears have gone from worst to first in the NFC North when many expected a more modest 8-8 record, or even less.