Madden 19: Chicago Bears Player Ratings, Roster, Depth Chart, & Playbooks


Chicago is known for just one thing in football: Brilliant defense. From the Monsters Of The Midway in the 40s, and the legendary '85 Bears to their 2006 Super Bowl appearance and their recent team-building efforts, Chicago has always been defensive minded and driven to be the toughest, hungriest defense in the NFL.

In 2017 the disappointing John Fox era came to an end, finishing 5-11 and dead last in the NFC North for the fourth year in a row. First year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky looked lost, and a lack of coaching spark needed to be addressed. In the offseason they hired Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to be head coach, and made a blockbuster trade for pass rusher Khalil Mack. The result? A Madden 19 roster that holds potential with a defense that can once again rule the league.

*All stats correct at time of writing

Team Rating

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The Bears are an 82 overall team when you start a new Franchise Mode or play an exhibition game. That puts them solidly in the middle of the pack. There are 10 teams rated higher, and a handful of other 82 overall teams. The Bears source of power is their defense, rated a wildly impressive 89. That is tied for the highest score on Madden with the Eagles, Jaguars, and Vikings. Offensively their 81 rating doesn't impress, but they have good playmakers across the field and a young quarterback that can drastically improve in a short space of time.

Khalil Mack, Outside Linebacker (OVR 99)

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Age: 27

Development Trait: Superstar

Contact: 7 years/$121 million

2018 Cap Hit: $15.2 million

Best Stats: Power Moves (96), Block Shedding (92), Finesse Moves (90), Play Recognition (99), Awareness (99), Strength (89)

Khalil Mack gained national recognition by single-handedly destroying the Ohio State offensive line in Week 1 of his final college season at Buffalo. His obvious physical gifts made him the fifth-overall pick in the 2014 draft for the Oakland Raiders. While with Oakland Mack was a game-changing pass rusher, constantly pressuring the quarterback and completing taking over games on multiple occasions. His high level of play won him 2016 Defensive Player of the Year honors. However, with a new regime taking over in Oakland and needing a new contract, Mack ended up being traded to Chicago in September 2018, where his new contract made him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.

Akiem Hicks, Defensive End (OVR 90)

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Age: 28

Development Trait: Quick

Contact: 4 years/$36.8 million

2018 Cap Hit: $8.3 million

Best Stats: Play Recognition (95), Strength (93), Awareness (95), Block Shedding (91), Power Moves (87), Tackle (86)

It took Akiem Hicks some time to turn into a quality NFL player. A third-round pick for the New Orleans Saints in 2012, Hicks never reached his potential, but a 2015 move to New England sparked something in Hicks. In 2016 he signed a free agent deal with Chicago and ever since has been a destructive force in the heart of their defense.

Tarik Cohen, Running Back (OVR 85)

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Age: 23

Development Trait: Quick

Contact: 3 years/$2.27 million

2018 Cap Hit: $680k

Best Stats: Speed (92), Agility (97), Juke Move (92), Elusiveness (90), Break Tackle (86), Catching (75)

Tarik Cohen was a fourth-round pick for the Bears in 2017 and immediately made an impact in his rookie season. A quick, smaller back, Cohen excelled as part of the passing game and as a punt returner for the Bears, but he was also solid on the ground, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. In Madden 19 Cohen is a deadly running back, capable of taking outside runs to the house and able to torment linebackers in coverage.

Mitchell Trubisky, Quarterback (OVR 79)

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Age: 24

Development Trait: Quick

Contact: 3 years/$22.1 million

2018 Cap Hit: $7.08 million

Best Stats: Throw Power (93), Throw On The Run (86), Short Accuracy (85), Break Sack (85), Speed (84)

The Chicago Bears made Mitchell Trubisky the second overall pick in 2017 after being impressed with his arm talent and playmaking ability at North Carolina. Trubisky started 12 games in his rookie year, putting up some unspectacular numbers in an offense that did not suit his talent. He threw just seven touchdowns and completed less than 60 percent of his passes. His development was the main reason John Fox was fired and replaced with Matt Nagy, who brings a more modern, forward-thinking offense with him to Chicago that can put Trubisky's arm and athletic ability to good use.

Depth Chart & Full Roster

QB
OVR
Speed
Throw Power
Short Accuracy
Medium Accuracy
Deep Accuracy
Throw Under Pressure
Play Action
Mitchell Trubisky
79
84
93
85
79
78
81
76
Chase Daniel
68
75
86
85
77
74
73
70
Tyler Bray
60
70
92
76
70
71
63
58
HB
OVR
Speed
Agility
Elusiveness
Carrying
Juke Move
Catching
Tarik Cohen
85
92
97
90
79
92
75
Jordan Howard
81
90
89
76
94
84
67
Taquan Mizzell Sr
71
87
87
83
68
89
71
Benny Cunningham
69
87
84
56
84
82
65
FB
OVR
Speed
Strength
Carrying
Pass Block
Run Block
Lead Block
Impact Block
Michael Burton
64
81
82
71
69
58
69
66
WR
OVR
Speed
Agility
Catching
Short Route
Medium Route
Deep Route
Catch In Traffic
Spectacular Catch
Release
Jumping
Allen Robinson II
86
90
89
91
86
85
83
90
94
88
92
Taylor Gabriel
83
94
94
89
84
83
81
82
85
70
95
Anthony Miller
76
89
93
82
82
81
76
81
85
76
92
Josh Bellamy
74
89
86
82
79
78
77
79
83
73
88
Kevin White
73
93
88
81
71
74
71
81
83
82
87
Javon Wims
69
88
84
83
73
74
72
80
84
71
82
TE
OVR
Speed
Agility
Catching
Short Route
Medium Route
Deep Route
Run Block
Trey Burton
88
86
90
89
80
78
73
77
Zach Miller
80
80
81
85
76
72
67
76
Dion Sims
76
79
75
81
66
63
559
53
Adam Shaheen
76
81
78
82
68
65
62
63
Daniel Brown
70
86
87
78
62
57
52
56
Ben Braunecker
68
83
73
74
57
52
47
66
Patrick Scales
41
67
71
57
43
38
33
45
OL
OVR
Speed
Strength
Pass Block
Run Block
Lead Block
Impact Block
Charles Leno Jr
83
64
86
84
86
84
83
Cody Whitehair
81
72
87
80
85
85
86
Kyle Long
81
73
84
82
81
86
84
James Daniels
77
61
83
79
80
82
84
Bobby Massie
77
64
83
80
75
79
81
Eric Kush
68
69
79
76
74
76
78
Bryan Witzmann
68
67
80
72
72
78
77
Bradley Sowell
67
63
83
71
72
77
76
Rashaad Coward
62
67
86
69
69
74
74
DE
OVR
Speed
Agility
Power Moves
Finesse Moves
Block Shedding
Akiem Hicks
90
64
68
87
73
91
Bilal Nichols
76
74
62
77
60
80
Jonathan Bullard
72
75
76
75
61
80
Roy Robertson-Harris
71
78
69
72
77
73
Nick Williams
70
73
73
76
52
79
DT
OVR
Speed
Strength
Power Moves
Finesse Moves
Block Shedding
Impact Block
Eddie Goldman
82
64
88
81
62
81
86
OLB
OVR
Speed
Agility
Tackle
Play Recognition
Power Moves
Finesse Moves
Block Shedding
Khalil Mack
99
87
88
92
99
96
90
92
Aaron Lynch
78
82
74
78
79
81
70
83
Leonard Floyd
78
86
86
83
73
71
81
79
Sam Acho
73
81
74
82
75
78
62
72
Kylie Fitts
67
83
81
78
52
63
74
76
Isaiah Irving
67
77
82
79
55
57
75
69
MLB
OVR
Speed
Agility
Tackle
Hit Power
Play Recognition
Pursuit
Man Coverage
Zone Coverage
Danny Trevathan
82
80
80
90
82
88
85
71
82
Roquan Smith
81
89
88
84
87
75
87
74
78
Nick Kwiatkoski
78
81
87
85
79
74
86
69
76
Joel Iyiegbuniwe
68
85
80
81
84
59
83
65
72
CB
OVR
Speed
Acceleration
Agility
Man Coverage
Zone Coverage
Press
Kyle Fuller
86
92
92
90
82
87
79
Bryce Callahan
82
94
93
84
82
79
70
Prince Amukamara
80
90
91
93
77
81
79
Kevin Toliver II
71
89
93
88
76
72
79
Sherrick McManis
70
86
88
85
68
75
65
FS
OVR
Speed
Acceleration
Agility
Play Recognition
Man Coverage
Zone Coverage
Eddie Jackson
87
88
90
86
90
82
87
DeAndre Houston-Carson
67
88
91
91
58
60
71
SS
OVR
Speed
Acceleration
Tackle
Play Recognition
Man Coverage
Zone Coverage
Adrian Amos Jr
87
93
92
72
84
81
87
Deon Bush
65
87
91
67
62
60
62
ST
OVR
Kick Power
Kick Accuracy
Pat O'Donnell (P)
76
91
82
Cody Parkey (K)
74
94
79

The Chicago Bears roster is pretty solid and without any glaring holes. The obvious strength is on defense where Khalil Mack (96 power moves, 92 block shedding) and Akiem Hicks (93 strength, 91 block shedding) can terrorize quarterbacks as Danny Trevathan (90 tackling, 88 play recognition) and rookie Roquan Smith (89 speed, 87 hit power) mop up over the middle and make every tackle imaginable. In the secondary there is an excellent pair of safeties in Eddie Jackson (90 play recognition, 87 zone coverage) and Adrian Amos (93 speed, 87 zone coverage) while there is a deep rotation at corner, albeit the position lacks a star.

Offensively the Bears are more average than they are brilliant, but there are plenty of playmakers. Jordan Howard (87 trucking, 82 stiff arm) is the muscle to Tarik Cohen's speed (92 speed, 97 agility) while on the outside new arrival Allen Robinson (90 speed, 94 spectacular catch) provides some downfield threat and tight end Trey Burton (86 speed, 89 catching) can punish any safeties that creep too far to Robinson's side.

The limiting factor is Mitchell Trubisky (85 short accuracy, 79 medium accuracy) who is not as consistent as you might like, and an offensive line that is solid but unspectacular.

Chicago Bears Playbook - Offense

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I Form Pro

I Form Slot Flex

I Form Tight

I Form Twin TE

Strong I Slot

Weak I Wing

Singleback Ace

Singleback Ace Slot

Singleback Bunch Ace

Singleback Deuce Close

Singleback Dice Slot

Singleback Wing Pair

Singleback Wing Slot

Singleback Y Trips

Pistol Full House Te

Pistol Tight Slots

Shotgun Ace Offset

Shotgun Bunch Open TE

Shotgun Bunch Wide

Shotgun Doubles Y Off

Shotgun Eagle H Tight

Shotgun Empty Base Flex

Shotgun Flex Y Off Wk

Shotgun Snugs Flip

Shotgun Spread Y-Slot

Shotgun Trey

Shotgun Trey Open Offset

Shotgun Trey Y-Flex

Shotgun Wing Stack

Shotgun Wing Tight

Shotgun Y Off Trips

Shotgun Y Trips Offset Wk

The Chicago Bears offensive playbook is well balanced. It has plenty of power runs to feed Jordan Howard and enough disguise to keep defenses guessing. There are several great formations here too. Singleback Deuce Close is a classic and includes a fantastic Wham run and PA X Post Cross that can strike deep downfield. Shotgun Trey Y-Flex is a personal favorite formation and includes an outside zone for Tarik Cohen, a read option for Mitchell Trubisky and isolation routes for Trey Burton.

Chicago Bears Playbook - Defense

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3-4 Bear

3-4 Even

3-4 Odd

3-4 Over

3-4 Under

Nickel 2-4-5

Nickel 2-4-5 Double A Gap

Nickel 3-3-5 Wide

Big Nickel Over G

Dime 2-3-6

Dime 2-3-6 Will

Quarter Normal

Quarter 1-3-7

Quarter 3 Deep

Goal Line Defense 5-3-3

Goal Line Defense 5-4-2

In Chicago's defensive playbook you get the unique front 3-4 Bear instead of a 3-4 Solid look. What this does is move one of the middle linebackers to the outside to create an overload and bring a safety down into the box. This allows you to be blitz-heavy to stop the run but also improves your interior coverage, useful if your opponent is using a lot of play actions to tight ends. The rest of the playbook is fairly standard, with the Nickel 2-4-5 providing you a chance to get your best pass rushers on the field at the same time while Quarter 1-3-7 will generate a lot of unusual coverages and create interception opportunities.

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