Bears 2019 season leftovers

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Bears General Manager Ryan Pace will be under pressure to turn around the team’s fortunes after a disappointing 2019 season.

Following a season that failed to meet expectations and ended with the firing of four assistant coaches, we empty the notebook as the calendar turns to 2020 and a new decade of Chicago Bears football begins.

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1. The New Year’s eve press conference featuring head coach Matt Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace was predictable in most aspects. While proclaiming that Mitch Trubisky would enter 2020 as the starter, Pace did leave room for changes in the Bears quarterback room with backups Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray becoming free agents. It would be to the Bears advantage to seek a veteran backup who could push Trubisky, but that may be too much to ask a Chicago brain trust that seemingly wants to diffuse any competition at the position.

2. The dismissals of four original Nagy staff members was a direct reflection of the Bears ineptitude on the offensive side of the ball. Mark Helfrich’s firing served as somewhat of a scapegoat move, though, since Nagy is the Bears play caller and chief offensive strategist. Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand’s second tenure with the club ended badly as the offensive line struggled through poor play and untimely penalties. Tight end was another disaster area, thanks in part to injuries but also the lack of development of former second-round draft pick Adam Shaheen. Tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride paid for those issues with his job.

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