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NFL Report Card: Chicago Bears


Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!


After last season’s train wreck, there was nowhere to go but up. Unfortunately, the Bears only improved by one game. Their 6-10 record does not look good, but after the injuries suffered and talent available, the fcoaching staff actually did the best they could with this group. Out of their ten losses on the season, seven of them were one-score games. This should offer a bit of optimism for Bears fans. The passing offense was an area where the team struggled this season. The main reason for this was the injuries. Jay Cutler was banged up, Matt Forte missed three games, Alshon Jeffery missed seven games, and Kevin White missed the whole season. The team plans on signing Jeffery back to a big deal, so him and White will be a dangerous duo next season. If we are talking about the lack of a passing game next year around the same time, then something went terribly wrong. 

The defense ranked in the middle this season for the Bears, which is much improved over last season. The defensive group on the field last year was embarrassing most weeks, so to be in the middle of the pack was quite impressive. Chicago finished #4 in passing yards allowed for the season, but a lot of that had to do with the teams they played (Packers, Vikings, Seahawks, Chiefs, Rams, 49ers). Linebacker Pernell McPhee had a great season disrupting opposing offenses from all over. Young guys like Kyle Fuller and Eddie Goldman also had pretty good seasons. Youthful players like these are only going to get better, and they will play a vital role for the future of this team.

Final Grade: C-


Biggest Off-Season Need?

The Bears desperately need an inside linebacker. Shea McClellin had his most productive season as a pro, but he still didn’t seem to quite fit this defense. If they don’t address the inside linebacker spot in their first couple draft picks, they better have taken a 3-4 outside linebacker at least.

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