Earlier this summer, the Chicago Bears unveiled their new jerseys to be worn against the Vikings and the Cowboys this season during their 100-year celebration. The design was a concept taken from the same uniforms the Bears wore in 1936 and translated into a modern NFL jersey.
Being one of the longest tenured franchises in the league, Chicago bests every other franchise when it comes to history. Having one of the deepest roots in the history of the league, it's only right that we celebrate 100 years of football in the most Chicago fashion we can. The designers of the 1936 concept did a great job of capturing the essence of the jersey's style while maintaining a nice, sleek look. The stripes on the helmet are personally my favorite part; I can already envision the top of Cohen's head zooming into the pile and coming out the other side with a burst of unworldly speed. After playing his best football in the cleanest threads over his two game stretch against the Vikings and Cowboys, we'll all be witnesses to the “Tarik Cohen Show”. These jerseys might just be the best in the NFL right now, creating even more hype around this special Bears season than thought before.
With pre-season starting up let's look at some of the new faces that will change the way we play Chicago football in 2019 by highlighting the position groups that changed the most since March.
Early on in the offseason we lost CB Bryce Callaghan and S Adrian Amos, two key players that made up our defensive back unit. Ryan Pace responded by signing former Bama safety, and former teammate and long-term friend of Eddie Jackson, S Haha Clinton-Dix. The difference between Amos and Haha won’t prove to be too big a hit to our overall defense as they're both great players in different ways. As we get better at pass defense with Haha, we also get worse at our run defense losing Amos, who was a top ten safety in that regards the last three years. Also, not only did we lose our defensive coordinator to the Broncos, we also lost one of the best slot corners as well. We replaced Bryce Callaghan with ex-Jet Buster Skrine, who has never been strong in coverage but a great tackler and blitzer, which was a point of emphasis for new DC Chuck Pagano, the ex-Ravens defensive coordinator and former Colts head coach. He made pressuring the quarterback a key to his defensive success unlike Vic Fangio, who won with different coverage calls and strategical blitzes. Could Chicago be top in sacks again this year?
The official end to the Bears' style of ground and pound running offense came around when Jordan Howard was traded to Philadelphia for a 6th-round pick. To complement Nagy’s offensive style of deploying different running backs heavily in both the air and ground attack, the organization brought in David Montgomery, a rookie from Iowa state, and Mike Davis from Seattle. Montgomery, my Rookie of the Year runner-up, is already making noise by scoring a touchdown run in his first pre-season game. Joining breakout star and Pro Bowl return man Tarik Cohen, this trio of running backs should make major headlines in 2019. One of Matt Nagy’s biggest strengths at calling plays is putting his running backs in the best spot to make plays and with three talented backs all bringing something different to the table, the sky is the limit for this group in 2019.
With all of these changes to our team, we still have one of the best all-around rosters in the league with Super Bowl aspirations, making Bears fans' itch for the start of football grow more and more the closer we get.
The organization also announced that there will be two new statues introduced at Soldier Field as we kick off the home opener against the Green Bay Packers on September 3rd. The statues will enshrine Hall of Famers George S. Halas and Walter Payton, and each should stand around ten feet high and weigh roughly 3,000 pounds. The unveiling will be in front of Gate 0, becoming an instant staple to Chicago’s already-infamous stadium.