There wasn’t much to love about the Bears’ disappointing 2019 season, aside from the play of Allen Robinson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Nick Kwiatkoski, among others.
Pro Football Focus released their list of the top 101 players from 2019, and two Bears made the cut.
Despite an underwhelming statistical season, outside linebacker Khalil Mack was the highest-ranked Bear on PFF’s list. The 48th overall player in 2019, Mack had 8.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles in 2019.
It says something about the quality of Khalil Mack that a relative “down year” for him still sees him end the season with an overall PFF grade of 86.2 and 70 total pressures. This marks the first time since his rookie year that his overall grade slipped below 90.0, and his 70 pressures are also the fewest he has tallied since his first year in the league. Mack may not have been at his very best this season, but even 80% of that player is a dominant force most weeks in the league.
Surprisingly, a member of the Bears’ offense made the list. Not-so-surprisingly, that player was receiver Allen Robinson, who was the only good thing about Chicago’s abysmal offense in 2019.
Robinson, who landed at No. 85, caught 98 passes for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019. Robinson became the first Bears receiver to eclipse 1,000 yards since 2014.
Allen Robinson’s ability to produce despite the never-ending list of dismal quarterback play over his career has been remarkable. Again, he was able to grade among the better receivers in the game despite Mitchell Trubisky’s game falling off a cliff and the fact that he had to suffer through the play of backup Chase Daniel at times, as well. Robinson ended the season with over 1,100 yards from 153 targets, catching 64% of the balls thrown his way over the year. His ability to excel despite far from ideal quarterback play is phenomenal.
While the Bears have plenty of work to do this offseason if they hope to rebound from a disappointing 2019 season, they have the talented roster to do just that.