The Chicago Bears are so far off the radar right now that I don’t think a sentence has been written this offseason that includes the words “Bears” and “playoffs” together.

Instead, most of the conversation has centered around the team not doing enough for quarterback Justin Fields (or which draft pick the Bears will have next spring).

Chicago running back David Montgomery wants to change that narrative.

The former Iowa State running back appeared on NFL Network’s coverage of training camp this week and he made it clear that he doesn’t like how the Bears are being viewed this offseason.

Dec 20, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) reacts as he walks off the field after their loss to the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. The Minnesota Vikings won 17-9. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

“We are trying to win and get back to the top,” said Montgomery. “Prove a lot of people wrong because they are looking at us the wrong way.”

How can you not love that statement if you’re a Bears fan?

It sounds like Montgomery is taking the apathy toward Chicago a bit personally. And that’s a good thing for the Bears. Montgomery badly wants to prove the doubters wrong, which should lead to great results on the field for the fourth-year running back.

No one is giving the Bears a chance in the NFC North this season. I write about them every single day and I’ve even been a bit dismissive. But there are a lot of parallels between this Bears team and the Cincinnati Bengals a year ago at this time. Second-year quarterback, talented rookie wide receiver, a poor season the year before, etc.

Now, I’m not about to suggest that Chicago is going to make a Super Bowl run in 2022 — remember, the Bengals were a loss away from possibly missing the playoffs last year. Their Super Bowl was the definition of improbable.

But I do think we could see a Bears team in 2022 that gives opponents more than they can handle. And perhaps they make the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings a little nervous in the NFC North.

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