Alshon Jeffery's future with the Bears may be in limbo, but he's confident the team will take a step forward next season. A huge step at that.
"I guarantee you we are going to win the Super Bowl next year," Jeffery said to reporters after a 38-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
The talented wideout's prediction is an audacious claim on the heels of a 3-13 campaign, but it wouldn't be the first time the Bears made a remarkable turnaround. The team finished 5-11 in 2004 before going on to appear in Super Bowl XLI just two seasons later.
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For Jeffery, it's been a frustrating year. He finished with a career-low two touchdowns and failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season. In November, he was suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.
Jeffery is set to become a free agent this offseason, unless Ryan Pace and company elect to use the franchise tag on him again.
If the five-year veteran does return to Soldier Field, we'll see if he can make good on his bold guarantee.
Mitch Trubisky is going to the Pro Bowl, with the Bears' quarterback replacing Jared Goff on the NFC roster with the Rams advancing to the Super Bowl.
Trubisky was previously named a Pro Bowl alternate after throwing for 3,223 yards with 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 95.4. Trubisky's passer rating ranked 10th in the NFC, behind Drew Brees, Russell Wilson (who replaced Aaron Rodgers on the NFC roster), Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz (who's injured), Goff, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kirk Cousins, Rodgers and Dad Prescott. Trubisky's 3,223 yards rank 11th in the conference, while only three NFC quarterbacks threw more interceptions than Trubisky (Jameis Winston, Josh Rosen and Cam Newton).
Still, the Bears will take Trubisky's invite to the Pro Bowl as a positive marker in his development even if his production wasn't in the top half of quarterbacks in his own conference. He's the first Bears quarterback to be named to a Pro Bowl since Jim McMahon in 1986.
In the aftermath of the Bears' first-round playoff exit, coach Matt Nagy, general manager Ryan Pace and Trubisky's teammates said they were pleased with the growth Trubisky made in 2018.
“We're lucky to have him," Nagy said. "I'm looking forward to the future. I really am, with him, because the city of Chicago is lucky to have that kid at quarterback.”
Trubisky will join defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson and returner Tarik Cohen at the Pro Bowl, with linebacker Khalil Mack dropping out after tweaking his knee against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson's inclusion in the Bears' press release about Trubisky would seem to indicate he'll be going to Orlando after missing the Bears' final three games of the season with a sprained ankle.
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Time to readjust that 2019 Bears' games budget.
On Monday morning, the Bears announced that they'll be headed to London next season:
It'll be the first time the Bears have played in London since October 2011, when they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-18.
It's one of 5 international games next season, all of which were announced this morning:
Get ready for some 9am Bears football!