The Chicago Bears offense, led by quarterback Justin Fields, is viewed as one of the worst in the NFL. New General Manager Ryan Poles and Head Coach Matt Eberflus’ perceived failure to prioritize upgrades on offense has come under consistent attack from all corners of football media. It’s relentless. And it’s a daily occurrence.
It’s true the Bears haven’t done much to help Fields over the last few months, but the suggestion that Poles hasn’t done anything is false. Wide receivers Byron Pringle, Equanimeous St. Brown and Velus Jones Jr. were added via free agency and the draft. Lucas Patrick was signed to start at center, and four day-three draft picks were invested in the offensive line. And let’s not forget the revamped coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy is a massive upgrade over former coach Matt Nagy.
None of those moves are headliners, but they will all help Fields in his second season.
Still, the Chicago Bears’ offense remains one of the most disliked in the league. In a recent Bleacher Report ranking of every NFL offense, Chicago checked in at No. 28.
This year, Fields will have a new head coach in Matt Eberflus and a new coordinator in former Green Bay Packers passing game coordinator Luke Getsy. His supporting cast, though, isn’t any better on paper than it was a year ago.
Chicago’s “big” offensive additions include receivers Byron Pringle, Equanimeous St. Brown and interior lineman Lucas Patrick. Chicago also added wideout Velus Jones Jr. in the third round of last month’s draft.
With guard James Daniels and wideout Allen Robinson II both departing in the offseason, though, one might argue that Chicago’s offensive roster is worse than it was last season.