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Who Could Be The 2018 Breakout Bears: Offense

| June 27th, 2018

The revamped and retooled Chicago Bears offense certainly has a fair amount of buzz surrounding it, but some of the “breakout” players just may be guys who were already on the roster. Yes, the team spent a lot of money and some prime draft assets on the offensive side of the ball and those players are largely expected to carry the load. But an entire offense can’t be built in one off-season. They’ll need some of last year’s players to step up. There certainly aren’t a lot of options to pick from, but the players and coaches the Bears added could help some of the returning talent take the next step.


Charles Leno Jr.

The hiring of Harry Hiestand created a lot of hype around a few different players, but the young left tackle may benefit more than anyone. Leno has already become a good starting tackle, steadily improving each year, and there’s no reason to think that won’t continue and even be accelerated under the tutelage of one of the sport’s best OL minds.

While he was a late round pick, Leno is a very talented player and less than a year older then Cody Whitehair. The superior coaching he is going to get from here on really could make him one of the ten best left tackles in the league. If that happens, you can expect the Bears to have one of the best offensive lines in the league.


Kevin White

I know, I know, you’re sick of Kevin White. But what if Ryan Pace was right when he made White the seventh overall pick in 2015?

The Bears new coaching staff seems impressed with the fourth-year receiver. By all accounts, he’s looked fast and fluid in practice and still possesses a rare combination of size and athleticism.

So much has been written about how the new Bears offense is going to benefit so many players. Why can’t that be true for White? He, more than anyone, was misused by the previous coaching staff, which essentially only threw bubble screens to him or had him run deep with quarterbacks who couldn’t get the football downfield.

We have no idea if White is actually good and even less of an idea if he can stay healthy. But, by all accounts, he’s an extremely high-character person and a hard worker. If Pace was right about the talent, White just could be a solid contributor in 2018.


Tarik Cohen

It’s impossible not to put Cohen on this list after hearing Matt Nagy say he’s giddy about the second-year running back and mention that he has to remember to get the ball to other players. (Above you can hear Cohen return the love.)

Cohen shouldn’t necessarily touch the ball more than he did last year, averaging roughly thirteen a game. (This does not count the number of plays that were wiped out because of penalty.) But we should see an increase in the number of explosive plays for the young back.

The most exciting player on the team in 2017, Cohen was drawing double teams and constant attention from defenses. Because of that, he averaged just 6.7 yards per catch. Not ideal. With the additions all around the offense, teams won’t be able to focus on him as much. The result should be that he gets more space to operate and Cohen in space is a very scary thought for opposing defenses.


Mitch Trubisky

OK, this one is a no-brainer and it’s been written about all offseason. Trubisky’s experience, the added talent around him and having a coach who loves him have made him an obvious breakout candidate. But there are other reasons to believe it will happen.

There’s no arguing that Trubisky struggled in his first four starts. But after the bye week — which also coincides with when the Bears started playing Dontrelle Inman over Tanner Gentry and whoever the hell else they had — Trubisky was pretty good. From Nov. 12 on, Trubisky completed more than 63% of his passes, finishing below 60% just twice. He had roughly 1,700 yards in eight games. That’s pretty good for a rookie and really frickin’ good for a rookie playing with Inman, now a free agent who still hasn’t been signed by anyone, as the team’s best receiver.

He needs to make more big plays. He only had seven touchdown passes on the season and five in the last eight games. That should come with experience and better players around him. His numbers over his final eight games are comparable to what Carson Wentz put up as a rookie and far better than Jared Goff’s rookie campaign.

It isn’t fair to expect Trubisky to explode like the second-year quarterbacks did in 2017, but it also isn’t unreasonable to think he will do so.

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  • That Guy

    NO INJURIES NO INJURIES NO INJURIES

    • BerwynBomber

      Completely unrealistic no matter the CAPS.

      • CanadaBear

        It’s a good sentiment, though. Pretty sure all of us would settle for just an average injury year (whatever that looks like).

      • No whammy no whammy no whammy

        • That Guy

          I was wondering if/when someone would pick up the reference.

  • “I know, I know, you’re sick of Kevin White. But what if Ryan Pace was right when he made White the seventh overall pick in 2015?”

    He didn’t.

    Also, the title of your post is:

    ‘Who Could Be The 2018 Breakout Bears: Offense’

    I think you are missing some words there. Namely, ‘Star of the’.
    Goes between Breakout and Bears.

    • CanadaBear

      My take on White hasn’t changed since last year. Hope for the best and expect nothing. For the first time this off season some of the Chicago sports writers talked about how fast he looked on the field. That gives me some hope because I’m pretty sure most of them are just as dubious about his success as you and me.

      • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

        I want White to succeed in the worst way. From all accounts he is a good kid and just wants to play. With that being said the NFL is a meat grinder and only the baddest of the bad make it and even then sometimes your leg can fall off no matter how bad of a dude you are.

        • Yeah. Look at Long. I mean genitically engeineered, raised by a HOFer, w a warrior spirit, and the NFL still broke him.

    • White will break something alright

  • BerwynBomber

    I’d nominate Trey Burton.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Ryan Nall

      • CanadaBear

        If he pans out there will be no living with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • willbest

    Justice Kennedy retires.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Let the wailing begin!

    • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

      is that the left tackle from Ole Miss?

      • willbest

        Stanford.

    • Trump is trying to get Judge Judy in.

      • willbest

        As amusing as that would be. He already said he would pull from the list of 25 he already gave.

      • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

        She’ll decline. She currently makes 30million a year to legislate which roommate used someone’s sock to beat off into or what the monetary penalty is for someone’s dog shitting in a kids backyard inflatable pool.

    • Cormonster

      Are there any non-binary, genderqueer strict constructionists to choose from? There’s already enough males and females on the court. It needs more diversity.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        will this work. not quite what you are asking for but hey it might work
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdR47fGiVzY

        • willbest

          Do you think the designers of a coffee machines ever thought “you know a coffee machine that withheld coffee seems like a feature we should spend time and energy developing for our customers.”?

      • willbest

        You don’t need to get that crazy for diversity on the supreme court. Just nominating somebody that has never attended Harvard or Yale Law school would be consider a radical deviation from tradition.

  • leftcoastdave

    I am picking Shaheen who I believe will have an impact as a dual threat. If his blocking improves, it adds to the threat of Jordan Howard and his ability to also be a dangerous target just makes the other potential targets more able to get space.

  • “His numbers over his final eight games are comparable to what Carson
    Wentz put up as a rookie and far better than Jared Goff’s rookie
    campaign.” – Andy

    Yeah, some have short memories. Goff was truly horrendous under Fox, I mean, Fisher. They would play the local games here, so I got a good whiff of his rookie stink.

    Pace might have been saved from himself.

    Winston is one crab leg away from being drummed out the NFL, and Mariotta looks like a mobile Dalton.

    Of course, taking White when Beasly and Gurley were on the board doesn’t exactly make Pace look smart, but at least we can walk from White this yr, while the Titans and Bucs are gonna be quagmired with their QBs.

    • willbest

      I didn’t hear anything bad about White before the draft other than he was raw and needed to put in the work. I objected to the pick on the grounds we had more pressing needs. Nobody knew the guys leg would fall off. Beasley being so dominate is just salt in the wound.

      But then it goes the other way sometime. Pace got Jackson for a song because everybody thought his leg was going to fall off and it hasn’t yet (/knock on wood)

      • Yeah, White was nearly an autopick. I say nearly cuz many like Data were campaigning for Beasley, and I’m sure Irish wanted some Gurley.

        But I read a lot of scouting reports on White. His comp was always Julio Jones. Lot of talk that he would get drafted ahead of Cooper (who has a ton of drops).

        The negatives were his limited route tree and inexperience. But other than that, he was a consensuses top 10.

        Of course, none on the outside were privy to the medicals. I’m curious if other medical staffs took White off their board cuz then that would mean that Pace decided to take a chance on him regardless of med red flag.

        And yes, in some sense, Pace has done well in sorta making up. Got Jackson who looks as good as Buddha.
        Sure, he might’ve skipped Gurley, but Howard in 5th ain’t shabby.

        • Irish Sweetness

          My recollection of the draft was that only two receivers were in the conversation for top receiver.

  • *soccer spoiler

    Man, Germany eliminated! wow. Mex and S Kor beat them. Mex looked bad today, but it seemed like the Russian fix was in. Those refs didn’t do them any favors.

    Too bad. I kinda wanted to see Germany-v-Russia. Battle of Stalingrad! Oh well.

    On the bright side, Harley Davidson is now moving some jobs to Europe so Germany can get around the tariffs.

    Winning?

    • willbest

      I am so glad FIFA designs its Group brackets to maximize competition at an elite level so that all teams making it to the final 16 are worthy. Like Mother Russia.

      As for trade wars

      A trump hating economist crunched some numbers. Germany can’t afford a trade war with the US. They will surrender like France to Hitler’s blitzkrieg.

      “Which is why the German auto industry is proposing the elimination by
      the E.U. and the U.S. of all duties on most vehicles, an idea that never
      entered the heads of German automakers when their tariff was almost
      five times America’s.”

      https://www.weeklystandard.com/irwin-m-stelzer/trumps-trade-war-really-might-be-easy-to-win

      He also notes that the US has Canada by the short and curlies, and we even have the goods to take on China. But the China one could get real messy.

      So fun fact about GDP

      GDP = Consumer spending + Investment + Government Spending + Exports – Imports.

      We have a president that is obsessed with GDP growth. What is Space Force? Government Spending. What did the tax cuts do? Increase investment. What is the objective of his trade war? Reduce the trade deficit.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I don’t think they’re worthy. Denmark put Ireland out in the qualifying playoffs. We’d have beaten the bottom feeders in this competition. Lots of poor teams in the WC.

        Having teams like Tunisia, Panama and Iceland in there is a joke. They’re not top level competition, they’re nowhere near elite nor will they ever be. There are probably a million people living in Iceland. They should rank the top 16 in the world and invite them – that’s elite.

        • willbest

          That part was sarcasm. Soccer seems like Olympic hockey to me in that the national team is sort of thrown together and how well the players gel together quickly is almost as important as raw talent

    • Irish Sweetness

      Refs have no power now. They have video replay now. The corruption has been addressed.

      • They still can give penalty kicks on subjective plays.

        Like that tackle in the box where the Swiss guy flopped like a B actor then got the penalty kick.

        That was bad, and that’s why I can’t watch soccer outside of World Cup.

  • willbest

    Headline: Woman who called cops on black girl selling water resigns as CEO of pot company

    https://nypost.com/2018/06/27/woman-who-called-cops-on-black-girl-selling-water-resigns-as-ceo-of-pot-company/

    Sometimes I think headline writers have the best job in the world.

  • Odds on NFL MVP. Jimmy G, Watson and Dak ahead of Trub who’s in Dalton odds.

    2018 NFL regular-season MVP odds to win:

    Rodgers 13/2

    Brady 7/1

    Carson Wentz 19/2

    Drew Brees 15/1

    Russell Wilson 15/1

    Jimmy Garoppolo 20/1

    Cam Newton 20/1

    Matt Ryan 20/1

    Deshaun Watson 20/1

    Kirk Cousins 22/1

    Jared Goff 22/1

    Philip Rivers 22/1

    Ben Roethlisberger 25/1

    Derek Carr 28/1

    Andrew Luck 30/1

    Dak Prescott 30/1

    Matthew Stafford 30/1

    Le’Veon Bell 40/1

    Todd Gurley 40/1

    David Johnson 40/1

    Marcus Mariota 40/1

    Antonio Brown 50/1

    Ezekiel Elliott 50/1

    Case Keenum 50/1

    Eli Manning 50/1

    Jameis Winston 50/1

    Patrick Mahomes 55/1

    Saquon Barkley 60/1

    Leonard Fournette 60/1

    Kareem Hunt 60/1

    LeSean McCoy 60/1

    Alex Smith 60/1

    Blake Bortles 66/1

    Alvin Kamara 66/1

    Julio Jones 70/1

    Joe Flacco 75/1

    Mitchell Trubisky 90/1

    Andy Dalton 100/1

    Devonta Freeman 100/1

    AJ Green 100/1

    Rob Gronkowski 100/1

    DeAndre Hopkins 100/1

    J.J. Watt 100/1

    Sam Bradford 125/1

    Nick Foles 125/1

    Tyrod Taylor 125/1

    • Johnnywad

      Jimmy G is too high. Hasn’t done enough yet.

      Rodgers looks right, but he’s a glass collarbone away from half a season.

      Mahomes hasn’t shown shit. Pure speculation.

      Trubisky seems about right. No shot.

      • How about Watson?

        • Johnnywad

          I can see why his handful of games would have folks betting on him. But that’s out of town stupid in my book. He’s definitely a gamer. But he’s turnover prone, (I’m guessing that will get worse as the league sorts him out. He’s not a terribly accurate passer) And he has shit knees. He’s shitty version of a rebooted Michael Vick in my opinion. Not quite the athlete. Same accuracy issues.

          But, given his sample size and hype, I understand the line where it is.

    • willbest

      Considering that no WR or TE has ever won MVP, I would put money on Peyton Manning coming out of retirement and winning it before I bet on Julio, Gronk, Hopkins, etc.

      Also, JJ Watt only giving a 100 one when he hasn’t played in 2 years? Couple that with the last time a D player won was 1986 and lets get that up around 500-600 shall we?

      Those QB odds are a bit light too. Foles, Taylor, Bradford are not 1% odds at winning this thing.

  • Johnnywad

    Anthony Miller is jacked. I hope this kid’s a stud. I like the tiny little bit I actually know about him.

  • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

    Offensive breakout star will be the Memphis Grind himself Anthony Miller with Cohen in close second.

  • Fisherman695

    Better coach on paper and in real life,better players, proven offence style, we have hope. Agree with we don’t need 17 or 19 injurys this year. Go Bears

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