The Chicago Bears‘ offense had the best statistical season in team history a year ago and returns every starter from that record-setting offense, so there should be no reason to panic, right? Yes, there should be no reason to panic — unless one of those key offensive players loses time to injury.
This could be said about any offense, not having to panic until someone goes down, but the difference between the Bears offense is that last season they had backups in key offensive positions that could hold the fort down until the starter returns to the lineup.
This season however, is a different story. The Bears lost backup QB Josh McCown in free agency — a player who came in when starter Jay Cutler missed time with various injuries and outperformed him. Not only did the Bears lose McCown, Chicago also released backup RB Michael Bush.
Bush being cut seems to not be as big of a loss to the Bears as McCown is and although Bush didn’t see the field that much last season, this is still a player who was the Bears’ primary third down back under former Bears’ coach Lovie Smith. He can fill a void if RB Matt Forte happens to miss time due to injury.
The Bears also released WR Earl Bennett who not only has been a solid backup for the Chicago Bears for years, but was also the Bears’ primary slot receiver. These are all players that are now gone from the Bears’ roster. If the Bears’ offense stays healthy and perform even better than last year, these names will be forgotten. But, if for some unforeseen reason Bears key offensive players start dropping like flies, these are names that Bears fans would wish still wore navy blue and orange.