The Chicago Bears are putting together a real NFL offense. I know, color me shocked. The signing of Michael Bush, trade for Brandon Marshall, and 2nd round selection Alshon Jeffrey, shows the Bears are no longer going to rely on their defense to beat teams 17-14. They tried to do that for the last couple years even though they had given up the world to bring in quarterback (trade with the Denver Broncos) Jay Cutler and thought he could dominate games no matter who his weapons were. The only thing left on the Bears plate is resigning Matt Forte.
It’s been tough watching the Bears over the last few seasons because everyone knew their offense wasn’t going to get it done in the playoffs. With teams like the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, and several others in the NFC with stud offenses, it was only a matter of time before the Bears caught on- and they did.
I don’t think I’ve been as excited about a Bears season in recent memory because I believe this is going to be a year where the Bears are extremely balanced on both sides of the football.
Bringing Marshall in allows you to move Earl Bennett to the slot, and Devin Hester as a 4th wide out (assuming Jeffrey can nail down the 2 slot). That gives Cutler some big targets to find down the field. Michael Bush and Matt Forte can catch the football out of the backfield which makes the offense that much more dynamic. Only thing lacking is a receiving tight end, but I assume the Bears will go after one of those in the next year or two.
The question is now- can the Bears win a super bowl? My answer- is yes. This team is balanced enough to compete against the NFL’s best, and could surprise a lot of people this year. The defense is a bit older, and the secondary is still a question mark, but you never know what can happen when guys develop or have a career year. This is still going to be a hard hitting, turnover forcing defense we’ve seen in years past so nothing changes barring injury.
We’ll see what happens, but I think the NFC is going to be a slobberknocker this year and I expect the Bears to be right in the thick of things.