There’s a game to be played Sunday before the Bears’ expected main event to ring in the New Year. Just ask the Vikings, who can clinch a playoff bye with a victory at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Bears can leave Minneapolis as, at best, a six-win team, so the intrigue for Chicago fans lies mostly in what the team will look like after it’s over. Did quarterback Mitch Trubisky and other members of the Bears’ future core walk off the field injury-free? Will any Bears coaches or coordinators retain their jobs beyond this weekend? What will general manager Ryan Pace have to say about the team’s three years under John Fox? But before getting to all of that, here’s our snapshot look at the “Prelude to Black Monday” — the game. Player in the spotlight In the midst of the coaching speculation, Danny Trevathan said the Bears players know to “control what’s in front of us, get this W to end the season right.” The Bears inside linebacker has been through a Fox departure before — when both were with the Broncos in 2014 — and said he learned then to cherish an opportunity when he has it. “Like I tell guys, ‘Nothing is forever,’ ” Trevathan said. “’You can only do this a while, so why not give your all to the thing you’re doing right now?’” Trevathan’s 2016 season ended with a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee, so it’s no surprise he’s itching to end this one on a positive note against a well-rounded Vikings offense led by a surprise season from quarterback Case Keenum.
Danny Trevathan, Bears defense out ‘to end season right’
Chicago Tribune | Dec 30