The Bears were a botched field goal away from advancing past the Philadelphia Eagles beyond the Wild Card round a year ago, which was a brutal way to finish what had been an outstanding 12-4 regular-season finish.
Chicago was supposed to retain its defensive prowess entering 2019, led by perennial All-Pro EDGE Khalil Mack. And head coach Matt Nagy was supposed to continue developing his innovative offense to turn the Bears into a top favorite within the NFC North.
Only it never turned out to be anything of the case.
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t taken the next steps in his development, and his 82.9 passer rating ranks 28th out of 32 qualifiers. While Chicago has retained a top-10 defense, the offense is wrapping up the year in the bottom three, in terms of scoring.
A 7-8 record and guaranteed third-place finish in the division is all Nagy and Co. can brag about so far this season.
So much for a top NFL contender.
What keeps the Bears from being ranked higher on this list is the loss of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and his secondary coach, Ed Donatell, to the Denver Broncos during the offseason. Other player losses, too, affect the ranking. But they don’t change the fact Chicago has been an utter disappointment in 2019.