The 2022 NFL season (and calendar year) is quickly coming to a close. Just two games remain on the Chicago Bears’ schedule, and for a club with only three wins on its scorecard, the end of the season couldn’t come soon enough.
The good news for the Bears is that despite such a terrible win-loss record, optimism remains inside Halas Hall. Chicago’s healthy salary cap and high-first-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft will enable GM Ryan Poles to add the talent required to be a playoff contender. And with Justin Fields proving this season that he’s one of the NFL’s truly special talents, the Bears are a prime candidate to go from worst to first in the NFC North in 2023.
Before that kind of jump in the standings can happen, Poles and the Bears organization have to ensure they have their offseason priorities straight. In a way, they have to make a few Bears resolutions as the calendar flips to 2023.
Here are five that should be near the top of the list.