Will Matt Forte return to his rookie form? Will Greg Olsen be more than just a blocking tight end? Will Devin Hester and the other young wide receivers fit the bill?
These questions plus many more will be answered very soon. Jay Cutler is a smart QB when it comes to understanding plays, he knows what he has to fix, but he makes some big mistakes similar to former Bears QB Rex Grossman. I’m not going to say Mike Martz is going to bring the best out of Cutler, but he should. Martz’s offense is a high risk/high reward offense.
With a big armed QB in Cutler, a nice RB tandem in Matt Forte and Chester Taylor, a bunch of young speedy receivers and a nice group of tight ends this offense sure has what it takes.
The one big problem comes at the offensive line position where the line is basically the same group as last year. Chris Williams, Josh Beekman, Olin Kreutz, Roberto Garza and Frank Omiyale should be the starters come opening day. If the offensive line is bad the whole team will be bad. Mike Tice needs to bring the best out of this group, which is mixed with young guys and veterans. The offensive line will be under watch all training camp and pre-season.
The defense was pretty disappointing last season, but they were without Brian Urlacher last season, Tommie Harris was playing injured, Charles Tillman wasn’t himself and the secondary just stunk. There are a lot of questions about this defense that people want to know, but not as many as on the offensive side.
Will Brian Urlacher return to form at age 32? Will Julius Peppers be the pass rusher that the Bears envisioned him to be and will he bring the best out of Tommie Harris and Mark Anderson? Will cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Zackary Bowman stay healthy? Will Danieal Manning and Chris Harris be a good combo at safety?
Brian Urlacher is always in great shape, but he isn’t getting any younger and he has been fading the last couple of seasons. The cover two defense basically depends on good play from the defensive line and the MLB, who covers the middle of the field and drops back in coverage. Good play from Peppers, Harris and Urlacher will make the secondary that much better.
The Bears have the talent on both sides of the ball, but will they play up to there talent and step in front of the Packers and Vikings in the NFC North. These season will either be a great success or it will be a complete disappointment. There isn’t much time before the first game on September 12th versus Detroit. The time is now for the Bears to come together as a team.
Training camp starts July 30th in Bourbonnais, IL.