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Known as the Monsters of the Midway, the Chicago Bears have made their home in the Windy City since 1922. Eight league championships before the merger and one Super Bowl victory (the famous 1985 Bears) have brought nine titles to Chicago. Over 25 playoff appearances show that this team is always in the hunt for their next Lombardi Trophy.
George Halas took ownership of the Chicago football franchise and renamed them as the Bears in 1922. Developing a culture of winning, the Bears were became a powerhouse, racking up six championships between 1932 and 1946.
Their lone Super Bowl title came in 1985 with “Iron” Mike Ditka at the helm of an unbelievably talented team. A merciless defense allowed the Bears to cruise through their schedule, culminating in a 46-10 win over the New England Patriots. This legendary team featured several Hall of Fame players and some of the most recognizable personalities in the game. Among them were Jim McMahon, Mike Singletary, Richard Dent, Dan Hampton, William “The Refrigerator” Perry, and “Sweetness” Walter Payton. Though Bears fans felt destined to repeat, it has now been more than 30 years since they have been able to hoist the trophy.
Playing out of the historic NFC North Division makes for a hard road to the playoffs right out of the gate with intense rivalries against the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions.
After trading up to the number two spot in the 2017 draft to take QB Mitch Trubisky out of UNC, the Bears sent the message that they were moving on to a new era in Chicago. As was expected, the rough start for Trubisky translated to a 5-10 finish for the Bears, but with a healthy dose of optimism for the future. That optimism has taken shape in 2018 with a division winning team was playoff bound. A tough wild card game against Philadelphia came down to a last second field goal attempt that would have catapulted Chicago into the next round. However, the kick sailed left, striking the goal post before bouncing off the crossbar back onto the field. A devastated fan base exited Soldier Field sadly, but already thinking about next year. The monster improvement by Trubisky in year two has Bears fans confident that they have their franchise quarterback in place for the next 15 years.
The ground game is in great shape with Jordan Howard, who rushed for over 1,100 yards in each of the last two seasons, benefiting from a lighter workload. He remains fresh as the regular season comes to an end. Behind him in the depth chart is Tarik Cohen, who also has the capability of putting on a show.
Trubisky will have a new cast of receivers around him featuring Allen Robinson (from the Jacksonville Jaguars), Taylor Gabriel (from the Atlanta Falcons). Tarik Cohen is always dangerous as a receiver in the backfield. Trey Burton, who joined the team after winning the Super Bowl with Philadelphia last season, has fit right into the system as a reliable starter.
The famous Bears defense is looking to really fire on all cylinders this season. Defensive backs Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara will play deep while Danny Trevathan makes an impact in the linebacking corps. He will also help mentor Roquan Smith, the young linebacker out of Georgia that the Bears picked at number eight in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. However, a big move by the Chicago front office brought Khalil Mack to the team from Oakland. Signed to a six year deal worth $141 million (with $90 million guaranteed), Mack is eager to prove his worth by punishing the opposition.
The defensive powerhouse of Chicago was tested in the wild card round of the playoffs by the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles. This game came down to the final seconds when a missed field goal by Cody Parkey sealed Chicago’s fate and sent them home in a 16-15 loss. The double doink heard around the world will haunt this team in the offseason and motivate them for next year.
Among the many legendary players to suit up in a Bears uniform are iconic players such as Bronko Nagurski, George McAfee, Willie Galimore, Gayle Sayers, Brian Piccolo, Sid Luckman, Dick Butkus, Bill Hewitt, Bill George, Clyde Turner, Red Grange, Mike Ditka. More information about the Chicago Bears can be found by clicking here.