The Chicago Bears have a gaping hole in their offense as they approach the midway point of the season. They’re failing to keep up in games that they should have no problem competing in. One can say that it’s the fault of the quarterback, but it can also be considered as the lack of quality playmakers on the team.
If Matt Nagy is looking to add a quality player to his team, then it’s best for him to consider getting Josh Gordon to the fold. The wide receiver is set to be released by the New England Patriots as he’s finally healthy after going on injured reserve. Once he becomes available, many of the middling teams will be looking to acquire him for a run to the playoffs.
He could become the player that can rejuvenate Mitchell Trubisky’s career and put the Bears back on the winning path. He has the qualities to help the team win winnable games from this point forward.
The biggest reason why any team should go for him is his immense big-play ability. He may have had to spend two years away from the game due to the two-year suspension slapped on him for substance abuse, but he managed to make good enough returns that convinced the Patriots to acquire him from the Cleveland Browns.
In the 17 games he played for the Patriots, he had 60 catches for 1,007 yards and four receiving touchdowns. Although he’s had just 20 catches for 287 yards and a TD in six games this season, he is still a threat opposing defenses need to account for.
His effectiveness on offense is exactly what the Bears need to solidify their team. They do have a number of decent wide receivers on the roster, but only Allen Robinson is the one among the Chicago playmakers who have more than 300 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Adding another spectacular offensive option should bring nothing but delight to the coaching staff. Trubisky will no longer have to force the issue and pass it to Robinson when the going gets tough.
Of course, not all trades work out. There are also reasons why acquiring him won’t necessarily change the team’s overall culture and play for the better.
It’s been revealed that the wideout is a difficult person to train. He’s late to meetings, and coaches sometimes have difficulty tracking him. His personality may not be the most perfect fit for whatever Nagy’s planning with Chicago.
However, he’s still a quality football player and will perform like a superstar if given the chance. And if the Bears have the opportunity to get him, they should take it with both hands.