Who could possibly be the Unsung Most Valuable Player for the Chicago Bears in 2020? I get it, usually that award goes to the quarterback position, but that’s not the route I have in mind here. The Bears have some really good talent on the defensive side of the ball. So it’s easy for someone to get over-looked by the likes of Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, and Eddie Jackson. There’s also no denying these are all amazing players that the Bears are lucky to have. Life would be a lot harder for them though if it wasn’t for Eddie Goldman putting pressure right up the middle. Goldman is one of the most underrated guys in the game.
That’s why I believe Eddie Goldman is the real MVP for the Chicago Bears. Being a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense doesn’t get a lot of attention. What he does may not be as flashy as getting to the quarterback as often as Mack does, or getting a pick-six like safety Jackson has been known to do. The truth is however, those players wouldn’t be able to do those things as often without number 91 clogging up holes and being a force in the run game. Football is a game won in the trenches, and Goldman deserves more credit than he currently gets for winning those battles.
Goldman was picked by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft to be exactly that. And he will go down as one of the best picks General Manager Ryan Pace has ever made. The former Florida State alum is a massive 6’4 320 pounds and a great athlete for his size. With 153 tackles with 12.5 career sacks in his five years with the Bears, he has proven to be very consistent. Chicago has high hopes for the 2020 season. If their hopes come to fruition, Goldman will be a huge reason why. If he gets any recognition for it will be the real question. I sure hope he does.
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