Bears news: Lovie Smith says his former team 'are back'
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Former Bears coach Lovie Smith says his former team ‘are back’

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In their first year under head coach Matt Nagy, the Chicago Bears have pushed forward with a breakout year currently heading the NFC North with one of the top records in the league.

This has brought fouth plenty of optimism around that the team has a bright future ahead of this season and beyond that. This includes former Bears head coach Lovie Smith has voiced that sentiment about the franchise, according to TMZ Sports.

“I know they’re pretty good. I think the Bears are back!” Lovie says … “Matt Nagy is doing a heck of a job with them.”

Chicago has stepped up this season with some strong, balanced play on both sides of the ball this season currently ranking as one of the best defenses in the league being fourth overall defensively, 11th against the pass, second against the rush, and being fourth with 20.1 points per game allowed. They have had one of the most stout defenses in the league that has allowed for them to hold teams to 22 points or less in five straight games prior to the 30-27 loss to the New York Giants in Week 13.

This has also seen improved play from second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky as he has taken steps forward this season with 2,469 passing yards along with 20 touchdowns to nine interceptions while holding a 97.7 passer rating along with 363 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He has benefitted greatly from the presence of Nagy’s creative playcalling that has helped utilize his unique skill set.

However, the Bears have some stiff challenges ahead this season to prove that they could be legitimate title contenders this season. This will start with a matchup on Sunday night against one of the powerhouses in the league in the Los Angeles Rams, who possess one of the league’s most explosive offenses. It should be a telling sign of where they fair among the top teams in the league.