The Chicago Bears were expected to represent the NFC North in the playoffs this season, and failed to even match those expectations. The blame can be placed on the inconsistency on offense, and regression on defense. Chicago obviously wants to return the playoffs next season, but have three difficult decisions awaiting them this offseason.
3. Danny Trevathan's Free Agency
Danny Trevathan took a backseat with flashy names like Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith in the linebacker corps, but he was one of the more consistent performers in 2019. Now an upcoming free agent this year, Trevathan's spot on the Bears appears to be gone, considering the team exercised the fifth-year option of underperforming linebacker Leonard Floyd. Can the team convince him to stay? How can they replace Trevathan? The Bears are in quite the conundrum.
2. Can They Retain Ha Ha Clinton-Dix?
Back in 2018, the Bears lost safety Adrian Amos to the rival Green Bay Packers in free agency. They responded by signing former Packer Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as his replacement. Clinton-Dix played adequately with Chicago, recording 78 tackles, five passes defensed, and two interceptions. Now, he's set to enter free agency, and the Bears chances of retaining him are slim, due to the mega contract extension they gave fellow safety Eddie Jackson. Will Clinton-Dix play for a discount? That will be a huge question heading into the new league year.
1. What to Do With Mitchell Trubisky?
When looking at the failures of the 2019 Chicago Bears, you point to quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. After a breakout 2018 season, Trubisky regressed tremendously in 2019. His accuracy was abysmal, and the UNC product showed reluctancy to throw the ball deep. Trubisky is returning in 2020, but what's the Bears' plan? Do they bite the bullet and keep Trubisky as the starter no matter what? Do they acquire a veteran signal caller like a Cam Newton to compete with the former second-overall pick? Or, do they select a young quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft? The Bears need to fix this, or multiple higher-ups are going to lose their jobs.