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Giving Thanks: Chicago Bears Edition

The Bears On Tap crew is thankful for their favorite team, despite the weird 2020 season. What about the Chicago Bears are you thankful for?

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The Chicago Bears 2020 season is going similar to the year 2020 itself, but that doesn’t mean we can find things to be thankful for. Yes, the Bears went from 5-1 to 5-5. The Bears also can’t move the ball whatsoever and many fans are calling for another rebuild, but it’s Thanksgiving so I asked the Bears On Tap Crew to give thanks.


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As a Bears fan, I am thankful for the dominant defense, our GM, and the hope for this team going forward. However, I am most thankful for Jaylon Johnson. A second round corner isn’t always something to get excited about, but when a first round talent slips to you, you can’t pass it up. Johnson has become one of the best corners in football and is only going to get better. I’m thankful this draft steal wears the blue and orange and I can’t wait to watch him match up against Davante Adams on Sunday.

Ron Luce
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First, Roquan Smith. He’s having a Pro Bowl season and should be talked about for defensive player of the year.

Second, Jaylon Johnson, he’s a legitimate player. I think he has room to grow, but he definitely has the foundation for a successful career and longevity.

Third, Cairo Santos, at least we’re not talking about the kicking issues this year.

Pat Boadway
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I am still thankful for Ryan Pace, even though some don’t believe in him. I still hold him in a good place because of the Mack trade. Also, this year alone I am thankful for rookies Darnell Mooney and Jaylon Johnson. They’re two players that are all about football. The last player I am always thankful for is Akiem Hicks, the dude is a real life monster!

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This is probably not a very popular opinion, but it is what it is. I’m thankful for Ryan Pace. He isn’t nearly as awful as most make him out to be. Sure, he’s made a few mistakes but which general manager hasn’t? However, in the case of Ryan Pace, he’s been decent. He’s brought talent into the building. It’s hard to give him much credit when his talent is mismanaged by the head coach and his offensive scheme. Give credit where credit is due…he’s fixed the defense. The offense not so much, but there’s enough to work with. It’s important that the coaches maximize and utilize that talent and make Pace look like less of a doofus. Bears fans just remember…we could do a lot worse than Ryan Pace.

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It looks like everyone is on board with Jaylon Johnson. It’s easy to love the promising young rookie and I have to echo what the crew is saying. The kid is a stud. While he’s lost his fair share of battles this year, he’s also shown intangible traits of an elite corner. He isn’t afraid of any receiver as a rookie and that speaks volumes.

Obviously a lot of thanks was given to the defense and surprisingly the creator of that defense, Ryan Pace. Say what you will about his head coaching hires and all of the holes on offense, but the man has built a defense that Chicagoans can hang their hat on. Truth is, we don’t know how much of the offense is on Nagy and how much is on Pace but it’s tough to believe there is such a disparity between offensive and defensive talent. Scouts are given areas, not specific sides of the ball. None the less, the Bears are 5-5 and heading into Lambeau field and are in control of their own destiny. It also looks like Mitchell Trubisky will be the starter. This is what I’m thankful for.

From our family at On Tap Sports Net we’d like to wish all of you a happy and safe holiday.


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Host and lead contributor for Bears OnTap. If you cut me open, you'll see orange and blue flowing out of my veins. I live for Chicago Sports, but I'd trade 1 Super Bowl for ten championships in any other sport. Daaaa Bears!!

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