The NFL is kicking it into high gear this weekend, which means the Bears will embark on another season of ostensibly trying to end a Super Bowl title drought that's nearing 40 years in length.

But this year there's real hope for the future! With the age of Justin Fields upon us, I roped Midway Minute's newest contributor Brendan Sugrue into an email conversation about what we should be expecting from the 2021 Bears.

This post is a perk for paid newsletter members and we're hopefully going to do more (and not just for the Bears) as time goes on. Enjoy!

Kevin:  Well, here goes nothing, Brendan! The 2021 Bears season is upon us and a new era is about to begin whenever Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy get around to making Justin Fields QB 1 on the field and not just in our hearts.  I hope your freezer is stocked with only the finest meats and your fridge never runs dry, my frent.

Obviously the optimism is already high for Mr. Fields.  We added hundreds of new readers in the past week just on the chance they might win a new No. 1 jersey to wear around this fall. For a fanbase that's usually so slanted toward pessimism, it's been a refreshing change — even if the unbounded enthusiasm makes me a little wary we'll eventually have our hearts broken.

Judging from what we saw from Fields in the preseason, he's going to bring a skillset to the position that's as foreign to the Soldier Field crowd as drinking in moderation. It's truly exciting.  But now comes the difficult part: Getting him into regular games and setting him up with a 60-minute game plan (and supporting cast)  to win.  

Do you think Pace and Nagy are up to the challenge?

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