In his first year as head coach of the Chicago Bears, John Fox led the team to a 6-10 record, the worst in the NFC North. Will his sophomore year with a very talented roster bring a different outcome? Fans and Chicago Bears ticket holders sure hope so. The Bears front office was busy this offseason landing a slew of free agents in an attempt to better their chances. Defensively, they added two inside linebackers in Danny Trevathan from the Denver Broncos and Jerrell Freeman a former Indianapolis Colt. 26 year-old New England defensive end Akiem Hicks inked a two-year deal while Chicago also re-signed a duo of cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Sherrick McManis. Not only did they improve this side of the ball via their signings, the Bears drafted six defensive players over the three day 2016 NFL Draft. Their first selection and ninth man overall was linebacker Leonard Floyd from Georgia who has exceptional
talent but could require a bit of maturation in the league to reach his full potential. Also added was West Virginia linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, Jonathan Bullard, a defensive tackle from Florida and safeties Deon Bush (Miami), Deiondre’ Hall (Northern Iowa), and D. Houston-Carson (William & Mary). Offensively, the line has changed a bit since 2015 as they drafted Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair in the second round and subsequently released steady veteran Matt Slauson. The power running game that Fox favors received a nice addition to starter Jeremy Langford when they drafted Indiana running back Jordan Howard who should fit the system nicely. Wideouts Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal are healthy and ready to catch the rock from Jay Cutler this season, along with the re-signed tight end Zach Miller.
With a highly improved defense and talented offense, the 2016 Chicago Bears look to be poised to legitimately compete in the NFC North this season. Be sure to secure your Chicago Bears tickets for 2016 so that you don’t miss a snap, pass, run or hit all season long.