With the combine and free agency right around the corner, all 32 teams in the NFL have a golden opportunity to get better…and get better fast. A team that, in my opinion, can quietly enter playoff contention in 2018 with a good haul in both free agency and the draft is the Chicago Bears. With a promising young QB entering his second season in Mitchell Trubisky, a bright, young and innovative offensive mind in Matt Nagy taking over as head coach, and some underrated talent on both sides of the ball, the Bears have the potential to take a giant leap forward this year. Joining us to talk about the Bears and their “offseason” priorities is our good friend Chris Shanafelt, a big Bears fan himself, who writes for nfldraftbible.com and hosts his own podcast “The Chris and D.J. Show” with former Bears CB D.J. Moore.
- As I have said many times on this program, I am very impressed with the new coaching staff the Bears have assembled. What are your thoughts on Matt Nagy and the new coaches?
- Arguably the biggest priority for the Bears this offseason is to give Mitchell Trubisky more weapons to play with, especially at the WR position. However, the two of the three biggest potential WR free agents (Jarvis Landry, Allen Robinson) have either received or are expected to receive the franchise tag. This means the Bears will likely have to overpay for a mid-level WR talent in free agency. Which of the following free agent receivers should the Bears consider the most: Sammy Watkins (if the Rams decide to franchise Lamarcus Joyner instead of him), Albert Wilson, Marqise Lee or Paul Richardson?
- A wide receiver that might be available via trade is the Broncos Emmanuel Sanders, especially in the event Denver misses out in the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes. If that happens, should the Bears seriously explore such a trade? Would you be willing to give up a third or fourth round pick for Sanders if you were Ryan Pace?
- Which non-WR’s should the Bears pursue in free agency?
- Do you think the Bears put the franchise tag on Kyle Fuller?
- Alabama WR Calvin Ridley has obviously been one the most common players being selected by the Bears with their first round pick in mock drafts. Even though Ridley is probably the best wide receiver in this draft class period, he will be 25 years old this year. For that reason alone, would you pass on Ridley at eight overall?
- If you had to narrow the list down to 3-5 players for the Bears to take with the eighth pick, who would they be and why? Do you see the Bears trading down from eight and if so, who are some potential trade partners you can think of?
- How realistic is it to expect a Jared Goff-type leap in year two from Mitchell Trubisky?
That’s it for today here on Sports Krunch. But Chris will be back on next week along with several other guests as we keep you up-to-date on what’s happening at the NFL Scouting Combine, so stay tuned! Be sure to check out the episode archive (including all the interviews I conducted at the Senior Bowl) as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at SportsKrunch.com!! And if you enjoy these podcast episodes please consider leaving us an iTunes review and donating to our Patreon at Patreon.com/SportsKrunch so we can improve our iTunes ranking and afford to produce even more shows with awesome guests like Chris, especially since there is NEVER an “offseason” for talking football.
For Chris Shanafelt, our producer Chris Brodhead, I’m David Kromelow saying so long, and of course, stay awesome!!!
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