The Chicago Bears seem to shock people more and more every year, and the response always seems to be negative. Whether that being trading up to draft Mitchell Trubisky, drafting Kevin White with the 7th pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, or even signing Mike Glennon for a price deemed to be extremely steep. All of these recent draft picks and signings have seemed to haunt us Bears fans, and it’s especially worse when turning on the TV to hear that Aaron Rodgers just won back-to-back MVP awards.
With this being said, there’s one area that seems to never be talked about: the Chicago Bears know how to beat Super Bowl Teams, but getting there themselves seems to be a whole different story. Don’t understand the reference? Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, shall we?
Did Tom Brady not know it was 4th down? pic.twitter.com/2PT33etmmz
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 9, 2020
The Bears ended up winning this game behind Nick Foles by a slim one-point margin. The Bucs ended up winning the Super Bowl.
FINAL: The @ChicagoBears win! #DaBears #CINvsCHI pic.twitter.com/YXe8toe9GU
— NFL (@NFL) September 19, 2021
Remember when Fields had to come in for Dalton in this vicious week 2 matchup? Da Bears also won this game, and the opposing team yet again has made it to the Super Bowl. Coincidence, luck, or whatever you want to call it is perfectly fine. The point is that the Bears have beaten two teams that made it to the biggest stage within the past two years. One of those teams ended up winning, and the other also has a chance to etch their name into the history books.
What Does This Mean For Chicago?
So, you may be wondering why these two wins mean so much. Well, it all seems to be adding up to one major theme: the third time’s the charm. Simply put, who’s to say the Bears aren’t that Super Bowl team next year? This may seem far-fetched, but it’s not at all that crazy after seeing what the Bengals have done this past year.
They took a quarterback who tore his ACL and MCL a year ago and surrounded him with weapons that would overall help him thrive. Sure, the Bengals may not even have as good of a defense as the Bears, and they may struggle just as much with their offensive line. But there’s so much more than what we as fans see on paper. It goes deeper than that and it’s something that Bears are beginning to see as well.
Joe and Ja’Marr’s bond is that real 🤝 pic.twitter.com/4iO7OXri5e
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) February 13, 2022
Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields said on the NFL IG Live that he plans to bring his teammates for a week to Georgia so they can all train together.
Fields said that he has been training with QB Joshua Dobbs.
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) February 11, 2022
This isn’t the same bond that Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow have together, but it’s something to build off and be positive with for the future. It’s obvious that the Bengals found new life and developed a serious connection with one another. This is something that many teams are striving for, and seeing our QB take initiative isn’t new. He and teammate Darnell Mooney reportedly went to Florida the day after their last game versus the Vikings to begin training together in Florida. Fields has always been known for his leadership, and he agreed that this year will offer a fresh start for him to be the voice of the team.
Chicago’s Own Future Connection?
With GM Ryan Poles and Head Coach Matt Eberflus now being in charge, it seems like the Bears have a whole new mindset. These two have already put together an extremely respectably coaching staff, and it will be interesting to see how they manage their first offseason together. Will they be able to quickly build around Fields like the Bengals have with Burrow, or will it be a process that takes time to develop? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: it sure would be exciting to see Fields have another Chase-Burrow connection with WR Chris Olave from Ohio State.
The Joe Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase connection translated well into the NFL.
I hope the Bears take notice and draft Chris Olave for Justin Fields.
Their first pick is in the early-second round and Olave should still be there.pic.twitter.com/tnc1kJhehu
— Dave Kluge (@DaveKluge) February 12, 2022