Heading into the 2017 season the Chicago Bears have a lot of unknowns. That’s what happens when you finish 3-13. There are some things to be excited about, including the offensive line, which is in the top five according to Pro Football Focus.
The top-5 offensive lines heading into 2017
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 28, 2017
There Bears may have the best interior line in all of the NFL with players like Kyle Long, Josh Sitton, and Cody Whitehair. That group has some serious talent all around. If the Bears have solid players on the outside then we may be talking about the best offensive lines in all of the NFL. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.
On the outside, the Bears have unproven players in Charles Leno and Bobby Massie. Both struggled at times last year and need to improve for the Bears to have any shot at being competitive when the regular season rolls around. If injuries occur, then Ryan Pace and the front office may want to consider adding some more players that could potentially be effective.
The NFL is strange and injuries do happen quite often, but if the Bears are able to stay healthy on the offensive line they will be considered one of the best in the league. Jordan Howard is in line for another big season as the Bears running back.
Having a solid offensive line may also indicate that the Bears are finally seeing some progression in their “rebuild.” I put quotes on rebuild because the team has never come out and officially said that they were rebuilding, even though the roster overhaul that has taken place in the last two years suggests it.
Having strong lines in the NFL can make good teams great and bad teams good. Take a look at what having a great offensive line has done for the Dallas Cowboys. Without any issues, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot were able to step in and perform in the NFL at a high level. Good lines can even make players seem better than they really are. Give any NFL quarterback time and they will make you pay.
The Bears seem to be trending in a positive direction this offseason. That’s good news, but nothing matters until results start to show up on the field.
Training camp is about a month way. That’s when things start to get real interesting.