The official start of the season should be an exciting time for NFL fans all over the country, but Bears fans are almost unanimously unexcited.
The reason for this is pretty clear. With their present quarterbacking situation, the starting of Mike Glennon, they’ll need perfection from pretty much everyone else on the roster. Have teams done it? Sure. But most teams in this situation end up picking in the top 10 of the draft.
That said, the Bears do have more going for them than a standard three-win team and there are a few reasons to be excited.
Here are five:
5. Return of Dominant Defense
It’s been a minute since the Bears have had even an adequate defense. Under Lovie Smith, they ranked in the top half of the league in scoring defense eight times in nine seasons and in the top five four times.
Since Smith was fired, they haven’t cracked the top twenty and finished in the bottom ten three times.
This year should be different.