Olin Kreutz joins the podcast to discuss the new additions to the offensive line, if the bears will commit to the run in 2020, and how the Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky competition will play out this season. Plus, Olin explains why the 2020 season might feel a little like Last Chance U, and how the potential lack of an offseason program will impact the Bears.
(1:18) How will Germaine Ifedi fit into the offensive line
(3:54) The state of the Bears run game
(10:47) Why Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace need to win now
(15:40) Olin on the QB competition
(16:57) How Robert Quinn and Nick Foles put the Bears in competition for the NFC North
(20:19) Olin compares Halas Hall to “Last Chance U”
(22:14) The impact of potentially not having an offseason program
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While most of yesterday's Bears media availability focused on more pressing issues, Akiem Hicks and Danny Trevathan both breifly talked about the state of the Bears' defense heading into 2020.
2018's historically good side came down to earth a bit last year, but the free agent additions of Robert Quinn and Tashaun Gipson, along with rookies Jaylon Johnson, Kindle Vildor, and Trevis Gipson have some believing there's enough talent on the unit to compete with 2018's production. Healthy seasons from leaders Akiem Hicks and Danny Trevathan will do wonders, too.
"We’re going to be monsters," Trevathan said. "There’s no doubt in my mind. I watched Quinn from afar. I know he’s been going for a while. He knows what he’s doing. He’s a wrecking machine. Now you’ve got to watch this side here, this side over here. You’ve got to watch the middle. You’ve got to watch the back end. Front seven. Dangerous."
And though they haven't been able to practice together yet, Trevathan mentioned that he's been encouraged by the steps the defense has taken to ensure that the transition back to the practice field goes as seamlessly as possible.
"I feel like right now is the time where we create that communication between one another," he added. "We’re kind of the first people in the history of football to have to deal with a situation like this. We’ve got to hold it down on our part. That’s why I feel like keeping in contact with one another is going to be a deciding factor between which team comes out of this victorious and on top. And I feel like we have the people on this team and this defense to be one of the ones who stand out and ones who come out of this positively. I feel like all we have to do is take one day at a time. Push one another. Call one another out. Have each other’s back. And let’s roll out."