2022 is sure to be a “building block” year for the Chicago Bears.

With the new leadership of Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus in place, a new era of Bears football could potentially be on the horizon. As a result, the Bears have had a lot of turnover with their roster, and are still looking to establish their identity and culture moving forward.

The 2022 season will be a major part of that culture moving forward. The season will be all about the development of young Bears assets, and distinguishing what players will be part of the team’s core in the future.

As I previously wrote, the Bears are going be must watch TV for Bears fans in 2022. That won’t be affected by Chicago’s win total, either. The Bears will be must watch because of how important every snap will be. Every player on the field will matter, and their success (even in losses), will be a big part of the Bears’ future success.

But what would a successful season actually look like? Wining the Super Bowl is always the goal, but do realistic expectations for the Bears look like? As fans watching every game, how should we measure the Chicago Bears success in 2022?

A recent article from Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus put it perfectly.

When asked if the bears will reach six wins in his recent mailbag, Kyed wrote the following:

“The Bears’ over/under win total for 2022 is 6.5 wins. So, oddsmakers have them at slightly over six wins. I think all it takes is slight improvement from quarterback Justin Fields, and I have confidence in him.

I liked Fields a lot coming out of Ohio State, and I think new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy can get the most out of him. The roster definitely needs some work, and the deck is slightly stacked against Fields with Darnell MooneyByron Pringle and Equanimeous St. Brown as his top wide receivers (I like Mooney a lot, but that group needs rookie Velus Jones to step up).”

This is the outlook all Bears fans should have. Sure it would be nice to hit the win total over and put together a competitive season, but this year is all about taking a step.

Justin Fields needs to take a leap and show the consistent traits of a franchise quarterback, Darnell Mooney needs to establish himself as a WR1 in the NFL, and the rookies (Gordon, Brisker, Jones) need to prove they can impact winning from the jump.

If all of those things happen, 2022 is a win. Money is coming off the books next offseason, and GM Ryan Poles will have a golden opportunity to build a contender around Fields on his rookie deal.

Heck, give me the 6.5 win range this year. Kyed seems to think it’s within reach, and that’s a whole lot better than what you might here elsewhere:

No…the Chicago Bears will not be the worst team in the NFL. Those takes are rather asinine in my opinion and only being formed by the Bears inactivity in free agency.

Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack could hardly stay on the field last season. Eddie Goldman and Allen Robinson had the worst years of their careers. It’s hard to find an area of this team that truly got worse when compared to last season’s team. Younger, yes…But worse? That’s a stretch.

With Fields improvement as predicted by PFF and an easier schedule in 2022, I think the Bears win total hits right in the 6-7 mark predicted by Vegas. That said, the real success won’t be quantified by the win total.

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