Nagy is returning every starter on offence this year. Same player, same coaches, same scheme. Can we all say a prayer of thanks? This is almost unheard of in Chicago.
I know some like to put the breaks on expectations, mainly due to fears that Mitch won't progress, but honestly I feel that stems from past failures jading them. If you watch the tape from last season with the focus on Mitch and what went well and what went bad, you will see most of the bad was early in the year. By mid season the good really started to drown out the mistakes. We saw a QB getting more comfortable and making fewer mistakes. I am not sure why we should not expect that growth to continue? I think it is follish to think he will regress. Mitch will be good enough QB to win championships. He won't be the one thing holding us back.
The OLine is another reason I see the Bears being able to improve. They were solid last year but had room to improve. Mainly in the run game. It was not till later in the season that we were able to see the running game finally have more success than stall. I really think the focus at the start of the season was on the passing game. That is the identity that Nagy wants to make. I think they hoped that the run game would muddle through on Howards back and they kind of ignored it. I think Nagy will spend more time on the run game this offseason now that the passing game has the basics under their belt. That should help Howard and the OLine a lot. Watching the games, a lot of the problem was negative plays. Defenders making it into the backfield. Give the big guys up front a little more work with Howard and they will shore that up.
Form there it all just starts building from the success of each other. I am not trying to say the Bears are going to be the next "greatest show on turf", but they can easily be a top ten offense. Combine a top ten offense with a top ten defense and watch the Bears become the team to beat.