Roquan Smith as Next Bears Linebacker?

“”Just don’t give Roquan too much pressure,” Butkus said during a phone interview this week with ESPN. “Just let him play.”

That’s easier said than done.

For a football city desperate to return to relevance — the Bears haven’t qualified for the playoffs since 2010 — Smith represents to many the final piece of a productive offseason.

Chicago’s offense — dreadful in the John Fox era — is bound to improve. The Bears installed new head coach/play caller Matt Nagy, who’s well-versed in the successful Andy Reid West Coast system, and they went to great lengths to surround second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with a better supporting cast, both on and off the field.”

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