The Chicago Bears received some major shade recently from ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick, a former player and pro scout.

Riddick suggested last week that the Bears will be the worst team in the league in 2022.

That’s a bold prediction, considering the Bears were 6-11 last season and there were far worse teams in the NFL.

Now, I understand that Chicago is going through a rebuild, but the bulk of the roster is still in place. There’s no reason to think the Bears are going to take a major step back in 2022.

Of course, there’s an obvious reason why Riddick made this claim — he’s a big Matt Nagy fan.

Riddick and Nagy, who coached the Bears from 2018 to 2021, were with the Philadelphia Eagles together for five seasons (Riddick worked in the front office while Nagy was a quality control assistant).

And Riddick never hesitated to defend Nagy during his time in Chicago.

This is nothing more than Riddick throwing shade at the Bears because of his personal feelings about Nagy. This has nothing to do with how Chicago will actually perform in 2022.

It’s a shame that the Bears are catching heat from the national media because of their decision to move on from Nagy — which was absolutely the right call. It’s almost as though Riddick and others in the national media aren’t even giving new Bears head coach Matt Eberflus a fair shot.

Chicago, however, will get the last laugh when they end up finishing with a better record than expected in 2022. I don’t know how many games the Bears will win this upcoming season, but I know they’ll be a tough opponent on a weekly basis thanks to the new mindset/culture that Eberflus has installed.

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