Sunday, October 1, 2023

Even Stoic Cody Whitehair Admits Vibe In Bears Locker Room Is Different

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Cody Whitehair has been around the Chicago Bears longer than any player on the roster. He arrived in 2016 and has been through some remarkable ebbs and flows. He was part of the John Fox-Ryan Pace rebuild, made a Pro Bowl in 2018, watched Super Bowl aspirations fall apart from 2019 to 2021, and is now part of a second rebuild under GM Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus. One would understand if the veteran offensive lineman is skeptical of what this new regime is trying to sell.



However, one thing he can’t argue with is what his own senses tell him. Whitehair has been part of some rough locker rooms from the uncertain days of Fox to the disappointing final stretch of Matt Nagy. Poles and Eberflus vowed to change the culture. The Bears’ center has gotten his first taste of the reconfigured roster in early OTAs. Several players have already said the vibe is different this year. You can sense the confidence in this locker room. Whitehair, usually not one to make such proclamations, agrees.

Cody Whitehair can see what this regime is trying to build.

That is a young, athletic, and hard-working roster. Even the group of veterans they’ve added come with one commonality. They’re hungry to win. Tremaine Edmunds made the playoffs several times in Buffalo but never won a ring—the same with Nate Davis in Tennessee. T.J. Edwards just lost the Super Bowl last season with Philadelphia. Such guys bring a level of expectation to this young team. They want to win badly. When such aura comes from the team’s veteran leaders, it bleeds into everybody else.

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There is no doubt Cody Whitehair is suddenly leading an intriguing new offensive line. He shifts back to center where he will sit between Davis and Teven Jenkins. Darnell Wright takes over at right tackle. This front is big, nasty, and mobile. They have a far better chance to protect Justin Fields than last season. If they succeed, the chances of winning more games go up exponentially. There is no doubt Whitehair is operating with urgency. His window to get a ring won’t stay open for much longer.

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Bockman
Bockman
Jun 1, 2023 5:56 pm

“His window to get a ring”…. That’s a reach if I’ve heard one…. 😆

His window on the roster more like it….

Happy for Cody he’s likely to be retained this year…. Thought we’d draft somebody and he’d be gone by roster cutdown initially…
But it makes sense to let him truly to battle for starting C. He’s earned it

Rusty2
Rusty2
Jun 1, 2023 10:01 am
  1. The Bears were in most games last year. Could have reasonably won 6.
  2. Almost every position is upgraded this year. Thus, 9 or 10 wins is a logical goal.
  3. Add a couple of solid players and catch a few breaks, they could win 2 playoff games! Or more.
Hehateme30
Hehateme30
Jun 1, 2023 7:32 am

8-9 wins is very realistic. Saying 10 or more and talking playoff victories us possible but less likely. Theres more talent here, and a supposed easier schedule so its not completely out of line, its just harder to visualize.

Butler741
Butler741
Jun 1, 2023 7:28 am

I am hopeful and optimistic based on what this offseason has brought into the team. My gut tells me to be realistic and look for 6-7 wins as a nice improvement for a team that just went 3-14. But, my heart says this team has 9-10 wins in them this year. Let’s get it!

Gremlin’s Chili Hole
Gremlin’s Chili Hole
Jun 1, 2023 5:09 am

Gonna put that “BELIEVE” poster back together

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