6 Irreplaceable Players For The Chicago Bears During The 2013 NFL Season
6 Irreplaceable Players For The Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears are a very interesting team heading in to the 2013 season. The Bears started off the 2012 season at 7-1, but ended up fading down the stretch, finishing 10-6 and narrowly missing the playoffs. After the season, the Bears fired long-time head coach Lovie Smith and replaced him with offensive guru Marc Trestman.
While it may seem a little ridiculous to fire your coach after a 10-6 season, I think it was time for a change in Chicago. Smith was a coach with outdated philosophies and he refused to adapt to the changes in the game. With an aging defense and a talented but underutilized offense, a coaching change was definitely needed.
In Trestman, the Bears have one of the brightest offensive minds in the game. He is known as a coach that likes to throw the ball but he has been willing to adapt to the strengths of his teams in the past. This is the first time that Trestman has been a head coach at the NFL level. He was an offensive coordinator for many years in the NFL and recently has been a head coach in the Canadian Football League. Trestman was a bit of a risky hire by the Bears, but there is no doubt that this guy knows football.
Led by quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears have some nice offensive weapons for Trestman to play with. I strongly believe that we will see a more explosive offensive team out of the Bears this season. Whether that will translate to more wins and a playoff berth is unknown, but I like their chances more now that with Smith is out of town.
This team has some key pieces that they cannot afford to lose. The Bears do not have much depth behind their starters so if they start losing players to injury, it could be a long season in the Windy City. Here are six irreplaceable players on the Bears for the 2013 season.
With the retirement of Brian Urlacher over the offseason, Lance Briggs is going to have to step up in a big way this season. He will be one of the veteran leaders on the defense and will have to help fill the void left by Urlacher. Briggs is one of the most important players for the Bears this season.
The Bears signed Jermon Bushrod as a free agent in the offseason. The biggest issue with the Bears last season was pass protection. J'Marcus Webb was continually dominated trying to protect the blind side of Cutler. Bushrod has had some success protecting Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints. Bushrod will be a huge upgrade over Webb and would be a big loss if he were to go down.
You may not like him, but Cutler is one of the most important players for the 2013 Bears. He is a very talented quarterback that really has not put it all together yet. I think Trestman will help Cutler grow and reach his potential. If Cutler goes down, the Bears simply will not be able to compete in such a tough division.
I hate saying that a running back is irreplaceable because I think it is one of the most replaceable positions in the NFL. That being said, Matt Forte is born to play running back in a Trestman offense. Forte is one of the best pass-catching backs in the league and Trestman has been known to throw to his backs a ton. I think Forte will be a huge key to keeping the pressure off of Cutler with some nice, easy underneath throws.
Last season, Brandon Marshall was one of the most targeted wide receivers in all of the NFL. While I think that Trestman will spread the ball around more, Marshall will still be a huge part of the Bears' offense. He is one of the most talented wide receivers in the league and cannot be replaced.
Julius Peppers is still one of the most talented pass rushers in the NFL. He uses his great size, strength and speed effectively to get to the quarterback. Pass rushers are at a premium in the NFL and Peppers is one of the best. He commands a ton of attention and that helps his teammates as well. Peppers is simply a player that you cannot replace.