After an underwhelming 8-8 record in 2020, the Chicago Bears are looking to improve their fortunes in 2021 -- possibly with an exciting rookie under center in Justin Fields. The Bears have climbed their way up to the standings before, though they’ve only compiled one winning record (in 2018) since 2012.
Let’s take a look at some of the worst seasons and greatest comeback seasons in Bears history.
What was the worst season in Bears history?
The Bears weathered their worst season in terms of winning percentage back before there were 16 regular-season games, at 1-13 in 1969. Their worst record in the 16-game era was 3-13 in 2016, and they weren’t much better the next year, going 5-11. John Fox was fired the morning after the season ended, having posted three straight last-place finishes in the NFC North.
If the Bears had fired Fox a year earlier, would they have made a better decision with the No. 2 pick in 2017 than drafting Mitchell Trubisky? We’ll never know.
What was the Bears’ best one-year turnaround in history?
The Bears raised their win total by eight games between the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The 2001 team went 13-3 with several comeback wins, including two straight overtime victories.
Chicago also underwent a significant turnabout after that 5-11 finish in 2017. Matt Nagy was named Coach of the Year as the Bears went 12-4. Trubisky posted 3,223 passing yards and 24 touchdowns, but that was an outlier rather than indicative of his potential success. Bears fans will have to hope Nagy has another miraculous turnaround in him for the 2021 season.