Five 2022 bears bold predictions, including Justin Fields’ mega-leap

The Bears ran the pre-season roster in short order, knocking out the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, and Cleveland Browns on their way to the 3-0 record.

Now, games are important.

The Bears open the regular season by welcoming Trey Lance and the San Francisco 49ers to Soldier Field on Sunday.

Head coach Matt Eberfels and general manager Ryan Pauls spent their hiatus stripping the roster while embarking on what could be a lengthy rebuild. Expectations aren’t high for the 2022 Bears, but the schedule is thin, and the young talent on the roster, led by quarterback Justin Fields, should be cause for excitement.

With the first week arriving, it’s time for the age-old tradition of making foolish-looking predictions by the time the leaves change colors. But let’s do it anyway.

Here are five unmissable predictions for the Bears 2022 season:

Bears come out of the gates quickly

Opening the season with the 49ers and Green Bay Packers is a tough job for Eberflus. The Bears get the 49ers at their best possible time, with Lance still getting wet in Kyle Shanahan’s attack and the inside offensive line still trying to gel.

However, the Team of the 49ers have too much talent for the Bears to beat. The second week trip to Green Bay sees the Bears drop to 0-2, but not without signs of hope.

After that, the flexible schedule begins.

The Bears won four out of six, beating the Houston Texans, New York Giants, Washington leaders, and New England Patriots. The Dallas Cowboys’ loss in Week 8 saw them slip back to 4-4, but it’s a positive start to the Eberfloss era.

Winter comes and crushes the dreams of the clincher bears

A season 4-4 start is enough to keep the Bears in the playoff chase, especially in the lower NFC.

But losses kick in as the Bears go 1-3 in November, and the December schedule sees the Packers, Eagles, Bills and Vikings ending any chance of a post-season appearance. Only a New Year’s Day win against lions helps the bears save winter and finish the season at 6-11.

The appearance of Robert Quinn

After a historic season of 18.5 sacks, and as the Bears begin to rebuild, conventional wisdom has suggested that the stellar defensive end will ship Robert Quinn.

But this was not the case.

General Manager Ryan Pauls chose to keep Quinn, believing his value to the young Bears team was far greater than a potential commercial return.

“I’m a huge fan of Robert Quinn,” Paul said. “He was productive. The only thing, and he’s not saying that Khalil wasn’t, but for Robert, he does provide one of those examples of what Matt wants to see from his defense in being a powerful and relentless mover. This is that guy. Another leader in the room. He can show young people the way. And he did a really great job at that.”

With Eberflus and defensive coordinator Alan Williams preferring not to exaggerate too much, the Bears need Quinn to get the quarterback as much as possible this season.

While he won’t match the mark set last season, Quinn proves that he is still one of the best passing forwards in the NFL and continues his 18.5 sack campaign with 14 more sacks this fall.

Rookie hardware

Rookie runners Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker discussed their goals in their first NFL seasons. All rookie teams, best defensive junior teams of the year, etc.

Gordon’s ability to move and cover is special. But the Bears will immediately throw Washington’s producer on fire, telling him to probably deal a nickel in Eberflus’ defense. Rookie corner players often face an adjustment period from college to the NFL. Given the wasted time he lost in training camp, it’s fair to expect Gordon’s rookie season to have some early bumps.

This is just life in the NFL.

Brisker should have had an easier time adjusting to the NFL. The Bears plan to have Penn State Producer handle primarily box safety duties while veteran Eddie Jackson roams the back end.

In a pre-season game, Brisker showed why the Bears occupied him. He has very safe shots, a high IQ and is always around the ball. For a fast-food fanatic, Brisker can increase shifts at a high clip if the ball bounces his way.

The last safety to win this year’s AP Defensive Rookie was Mark Carrier, for bears, in 1990.

Brisker grabs the line and takes home appliances by scoring 10 takeaways and finishing through 124 joint tackles in an impressive starter campaign.

Justin Fields, Pro Bowler

Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy built his blueprint around what Fields is as a sophomore quarterback – an elite athlete who loves to attack on the field with his big arm.

The Bears pre-season finale in Cleveland showed us how extensive Getsy’s scheme and Fields skill set can be the perfect marriage.

While you don’t want to overstate pre-season, I think Fields is preparing for a breakout season despite a lack of weapons and a shaky offensive line.

Getsy scheme is the main reason.

The Shanahan system has permeated all over the NFL because it makes life easier for quarterbacks, and they plan easy midfield throws with the potential to make big gains in the post-catch.

With a scheme working on his strengths and the confidence of being an undisputed starter, Fields could explode onto the scene and snatch a Pro Bowl spot in the NFC.

After Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford, the NFC is somewhat of a quarterback desert filled with unproven young talents like Trey Lance and Jalen Hurts and good but not elite veterans like Kirk Cousins ​​and Dak Prescott.

Whether or not Fields passes the first ballot or is changed after the withdrawal, the Bears sophomore quarterback will be in the Pro Bowl after what I think is going to be a big season.

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