When it comes to projecting the Chicago Bears here in 2013 — and perhaps early in 2014 — you’re either on the Jay Cutler bandwagon or you’re not. Likewise, you are buying into Marc Trestman or not.
Trestman’s resume certainly reads like quarterback whisperer, even churning a relatively prolific year out of Scott Mitchell in the 1990s. The bullets to his resume go on and on, but trust me in saying Cutler has more skill in his pinky than Mitchell. Cutler’s developed a great connection with Brandon Marshall, and it will be up to Trestman for Cutler to spread the wealth a little more now that Martellus Bennett‘s in town and Alshon Jeffery‘s developing.
The union of Trestman and running back Matt Forte won’t go under the radar in the Windy City, as Forte is among the league’s best receiving running backs, while Trestman utilized this offensive facet heavily during his last stint as a championship-winning CFL head coach. Forte’s unique skill set was mismanaged under since-deposed Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice last season, and figures to be magnified with the new guru.
The Bears shrewdly and smartly let Brian Urlacher walk yet still have many aging, highly paid components to this defense. If Chicago is to seize the Green Bay Packers‘ division throne or even snag a postseason bid in a brutal NFC, waning stars like Julius Peppers and Lance Briggs will need to reach into the fountain of youth at least once more. I wouldn’t declare either to be over the hill quite yet.
Predicted Regular Season Record: 11-5 (2nd in NFC North)
Predicted Finish: Wild-card round loss at Green Bay Packers