Lack Of Offensive Depth Could Be Troubling For Bears

By Mike Cuddy
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears have arguably one of the most high powered offenses in the NFL, but with a lack of depth at key positions are they simply playing with fire? With a refurbished defense all this team needs this season is the ability to stay healthy and they should contend for the NFC title. As of right now the best hope for improvement and depth will come via the NFL draft in May.

When free agent quarterback Josh McCown left town to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers everyone in the city knew the team would need to find another back-up to replace him, though when the Bears signed Jordan Palmer most people were less than impressed. Prior to McCown’s departure, the team cut ties with back-up running back Michael Bush, leaving Michael Ford as the sole back-up to Matt Forte. While Ford has good upside, he still has zero carries in an NFL game, which is a bit troubling. If the Bears hope to compete for a Super Bowl in the near future both of these positions need to be addressed at the upcoming draft.

Surprisingly for the Bears the two offensive areas that they appear to be set at are wide receiver and offensive line, both of which had been perennial problems for the team for the past two decades.

With general manager Phil Emery filling some holes on the defensive side of the ball during free agency, the team has set themselves up for a draft where they will be free to take the best player available, instead of having to reach for a guy just to fill a need. Using this strategy Emery should be able to continue his draft day success and provide his team with quality depth at these key positions.

Mike Cuddy is a Chicago Bears writer for Follow him on Twitter @MikeCuddy, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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