Don’t say I didn’t warn you when it happens.
Look, I’ve been a Bears fan for basically my whole life (there was a stint early on when I was a Colts guy). This past regular season was great. The Bears way over achieved, Trubisky was fantastic, and Matt Nagy…what a hire. That guy is something else. Plus, being bald and wearing a visor is an extremely bold move.
But, I want to prepare you, fellow Bears fans (and I guess everyone else in the NFC North). There’s absolutely no way this doesn’t end poorly for all of us.
Lawrence still has two years left until he can enter the NFL Draft, so the Bears window to win a Super Bowl and keep Green Bay in the cellar is pretty short.
I literally had a nightmare about this a few weeks ago. Here’s the scenario:
In 2019, the NFC North is going to be a two-team race between the Bears and the Packers. The Lions are a laughingstock, and the Vikings paid Kirk Cousins way too much money to be the mediocre QB that he is. Rodgers could have a comeback year, and I think both of these teams make the playoffs next year.
In 2020, one of two things happens:
- The Bears and Packers duke it out for the second straight season, or
- Rodgers gets hurt early on, the Packers tank, and lock up the #1 pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.
If #2 happens…it’s over. The Packers will take Lawrence, let him learn behind Rodgers, one of the all-time greats, and when A-a-ron is ready to retire, Lawrence will lead another 15 year campaign of misery and hell for Bears fans everywhere. Does that sound familiar? It hurt me to write that.
I mean, gross. Look at him.
If the Packers don’t tank and Rodgers stays healthy, I think Ted Thompson is (unfortunately) savvy enough to realize the kind of talent Trevor Lawrence is, and I think he’ll offer up three or four future first round picks in exchange for the 2021 #1 overall selection. The only hope we (I’m mostly writing this for Bears fans, but it applies to all other NFL teams, I guess) have here is that whoever has the #1 pick in 2021 – probably the Jets, Browns, or Jaguars – doesn’t give in to Thompson.
I have never, ever wanted to be more wrong about something than this. But the experience of being a nearly-lifelong Bears fan – and Cubs fan, and growing up a Pacers fan during the Jordan era – well, I know how to prepare for disappointment.
Good thing the Cubs won in 2016, otherwise I might have just quit by now.