I had zero expectations for the Chicago Bears before the season started. We have Green Bay and Minnesota in our division, after all, and those two teams are pretty good. Then, right before the season started, we picked up Khalil Mack. I honestly didn’t know who he was before we got him, but it sounded like he would be an impact player. People suddenly began to whisper that, you know, maybe the Bears could do something.
I didn’t get my hopes up.
But then I watched that first game with Green Bay, and even though we lost, wow, I became a believer right then and there. Between our intense defense, the refreshed offense, and Nagy’s general leadership, we seemed like a totally different team. A confident team. A capable team. A championship team.
We had some silly losses along the way, but I truly believed we’d make it through a round or two in the playoffs.
Well, that didn’t happen. I’m not getting into the double doink fiasco. It still seems statistically impossible, but that’s football. For better or for worse, football always finds a way to surprise you.
I have no idea if we’ll be as good next season. It seems like we should be, but things can change quickly in the NFL. Every team is just an injury away from having their hopes dashed. Our powerhouse defense will certainly have to adjust now that Vic Fangio has left to coach Denver.
Whatever happens, I want to thank the Bears for giving me great happiness this season. Their fire, competitiveness, and athleticism were a joy to behold. Thank you for making NFL football fun again, Chicago!
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