The Chicago Bears have a major weakness entering the 2022 season that must be corrected if the historic franchise is going to be competitive this fall.
While no one is expecting the Bears to compete for an NFC North division title this upcoming season, fans still want to see an improved Chicago team on the field in 2022.
For that to happen, the Bears need to get better along the offensive line.
Chicago’s biggest problem last season was their lack of trips to the red zone.
The Bears were No. 26 in the NFL in red zone trips last season. That’s obviously not a recipe for success.
Part of the reason Chicago failed to get to the red zone very often was because they ended up in far too many third-and-long situations. That was mostly due to quarterback Justin Fields being hit way too often.
More trips to the red zone = more points on the scoreboard.
That means Fields needs to stay on his feet in 2022. Which means the offensive line needs to play better.
Chicago made a nice addition this offseason by signing former Green Bay Packers center Lucas Patrick. The offensive line, however, could still use some upgrades.
Fortunately for the Bears, there’s a free agent available that can provide some immediate help.
Chicago should sign free agent offensive lineman Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Fisher spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s made two Pro-Bowls, including his most recent trip in 2020.
The former Central Michigan standout tore his Achilles in late 2020 which led to him signing with the Indianapolis Colts ahead of the 2021 season. Fisher struggled early last season as he returned from injury, but he looked more like his old self near the end of the year.
Fisher could step in at one of the tackle positions for the Bears which would allow Larry Borom to start at guard. It’s a move that would instantly give Chicago some needed depth and versatility.
I think Fisher is one of the best free agents still available. And he’s going to be a bargain for some lucky team.
That team might as well be the Bears. They have a need and they have a couple of connections to Fisher — new Chicago head coach Matt Eberflus was the Colts’ defensive coordinator last season while Fisher was in town. General manager Ryan Poles is also very familiar with Fisher, as he worked in Kansas City’s front office for all of Fisher’s eight seasons with the Chiefs.
Some free agent matches just make perfect sense. This is one of those matches.
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