The Bears are one of only two remaining original teams from the 1920 founding of the NFL. Actually originally based in Decatur, Illinois, they moved to Chicago after just one year and have been there for roughly the past century. For years, they shared Wrigley Field with the Cubs, but eventually built their current home, Soldier Field, right near the lake.
The Bears have nine NFL championships in total, eight of them being pre-merger. They famously won the 1985 Super Bowl off the back of their defense and head coach Mike Ditka. The Bears can claim 19 division titles in the NFL Western, NFC Central and NFC North over the years. Twenty-six times they have reached the postseason and did also end up reaching another Super Bowl in 2006, only to be foiled by the Indianapolis Colts in the end.
Although technically owned by a food starch company out of Decatur when they were founded, George Halas acquired the team in 1921 and the family has owned the Bears ever since. When Halas died in 1983, the team was passed to his daughter, Virginia Halas McCaskey, who still retains ownership to this day. Ted Phillips is the current President, and long-time Saints front office man Ryan Pace is the general manager.
After spending some times with the offenses in Philadelphia and Kansas City, Matt Nagy got his first head coaching job in 2018 when he filled the vacancy left by the firing of John Fox in Chicago. He found immediate success, leading a team with fairly low expectations to a 12 win season his first year. Though they lost in the opening round of the playoffs, Nagy still won NFL Coach of the Year for the quick turnaround he had orchestrated. Bill Lazor will call the plays this year after coming over from the Bengals, and Chuck Pagano will coordinate the defense for the second season following the loss Vic Fangio.
The register of Bears Hall of Famers is much too long to list, in fact they have more players in Canton than any other franchise. This group of Bears’ greats spans the decades from Bronko Nagurski and Red Grange of the 20’s and 30’s to the teams of the 60’s and 70’s that included Gale Sayers, Walter Payton, and Dick Butkus. You can also find founder George Halas and head coach Mike Ditka’s in Canton too.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, with several big trades leaving Chicago’s supply of draft picks depleted, the Bears were forced to make due with what they had and try to fill any roster holes or depth needs with second and third day picks. They selected Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet with their 2nd round selection, then added several defenders before grabbing a wide receiver and two offensive lineman later on.
The plan at the end of last season was to go ahead with another year of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky this season, but the team also traded for Super Bowl winning QB, Nick Foles to compete for the job. The Bears also brought in veterans Jimmy Graham and Ted Ginn to bolster the passing game. The defense took a step back last year but can still be elite with free agent Robert Quinn joining Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks on the defensive line.
Chicago isn’t a bottom feeder in the market, but still closer to the longer end of the prices. Draft Kings sportsbook lists them at 40/1 to win it all this year and 20/1 to win the NFC title. The markets predict them to finish third in the NFC North with a price of +380 to win it, behind virtual co-favorites, Minnesota and Green Bay. The Bears win total is set at 7.5, over -130/under +107.