With all eyes on the defense during this offseason it may be a good idea to take a look the other way, towards the best offensive unit the Chicago Bears have ever assembled. While the Bears did have two of the greatest running backs in NFL history with Walter Payton and Gale Sayers, they have never been able to put together such a well rounded unit at the same time. Coming off a successful first season together and with a new contract for Jay Cutler freshly signed, the sky is the limit for this offense in their second season.
In 2013 the Bears offense set multiple franchise records including: total yards (6,109), passing yards (4,450), passing touchdowns (32), passer rating (96.9) and first downs (344). The offense is on pace to re-write the record books yet again this season with a healthy Cutler and the return of the same starting offensive line for the first time in recent memory.
Plus, for only the second time in his tenure with the Bears, Cutler will be playing with the same offensive coordinator two years in a row. Coming off the success Cutler enjoyed last season between his injuries, the combination of a solid offensive line in front of him and a good relationship with the coaches on the sideline could make for fireworks along the lakefront.
In 2013 the NFL was introduced to Alshon Jeffery who caught 89 balls for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns. Playing alongside Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall was great for Jeffery who was able to burst onto the scene last season while most teams were concerned with Marshall’s whereabouts on the field. As long as Cutler does not favor his good friend Marshall too much this season, Jeffery should have no problem putting up these kind of numbers again.
One thing is certain going forward: Chicago Bears fans are not used to being concerned over their defense. With all the talk about and analyzing of the defense this offseason, it seems that most have forgotten just how great this offense can be. If the defense can come together and hold opponents under say, 20 points a game, there is a great chance that this team can make a deep run in the playoffs.
Mike Cuddy is a Chicago Bears writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeCuddy, “Like” him/her on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.
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