The Chicago Bears had 10 offensive possessions on Sunday afternoon against the Seahawks, and they punted on all 10 of them. Now, it looks like they may be punting the rest of the season, too. With 13 games still remaining on the schedule, the team already appears to be looking ahead to next year and beyond.
On Monday, GM Ryan Pace began what looks like the early-makings of a complete roster overhaul after he traded away former All-Pro DE/OLB Jared Allen to the Carolina Panthers, as well as third-year LB Jon Bostic to the New England Patriots, both for future sixth-round draft picks.
The moves were not surprising for anyone who has watched the Bears play so far this year. After losing their first three games, and only at times looking even slightly competitive while doing so, Pace must have figured that there’s no point in waiting until later in the season to start shedding some of the assets who clearly do not have a future with the team.
For Allen, 33, the writing was on the wall during the offseason when new head coach John Fox and his staff were brought in, and the team switched from their traditional 4-3 defense to a 3-4 base. This meant a position-change for the veteran pass-rusher to outside linebacker, a position he has never been familiar with since entering the league in 2004. Through three games, Allen was making the change work, and he was certainly not the reason the Bears remain winless, but for a team going nowhere, it made sense for them to part ways and allow him to join a contender.