Why Bears Going 5-12 in 2022 Isn’t a Bad Thing – NBC Chicago
Even the most optimistic Chicago Bears fans don’t have much hope for the 2022 season. That includes our own David Kaplan, who is 5-12 with the Bears this year.
but is that a bad thing?
“I think if they’re 5-12 and they know by the end of the season that Justin Fields is the answer, then that’s fine. Overview,” Chicago Sun Times’ Bears beat reporter Patrick Finley told Kap Unfiltered.
“You know, the beauty of 5-12 this season is that they have their own draft pick, which they haven’t had.
“The beauty of 5-12 this season is that next year they have the most salary cap money in the NFL.
“The beauty of 5-12 is that they use up all that dead cap space. I think they’re third in the league in dead cap space – which is the money you pay players to play for other teams – they’re burning through this this year.
“Reset, try to figure out what they have in their quarterback, then really try to be competitive next season with a high draft pick. I don’t have a problem with that.
“You don’t replace your general manager and your coach unless there is something really wrong and you need to fix it. And that takes more than one offseason.”
According to spotracthe Bears are expected to have a cap of $96.3 million in 2023. That’s about $22 million more than the next team on the roster, the New York Giants.
The Bears didn’t get their 2022 first-round pick due to the Giants trade that landed at Chicago Fields in 2021. But they’ll get their 2023 first-round pick.
Former general manager Ryan Pace was ready to trade his first-round picks, for Mitchell Trubisky, Khalil Mack and Fields.
If there’s one thing that gives Bears fans hope for the future, it’s that a year away from knowing with 2023 NFL Free Agency and the 2023 NFL Draft on the books, the new general manager Ryan Poles might have assembled a roster ready to face in the NFC North.
So rebuilding the team may take more than one offseason, but can it be done in just two?