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5 Most Irreplaceable Chicago Bears Players in 2014

Chicago Bears: The 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014

Chicago Bears 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014
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The Chicago Bears were decimated by injuries during the 2013 NFL season, ultimately costing them a playoff berth in what was a very winnable NFC North. It will be a different-looking Bears team on the field in 2014, with GM Phil Emery improving the team's depth during the offseason with particular focus on the defense. Depth can only do so much, however. Here are Chicago's 5 most irreplaceable players in 2014.

5. Jermon Bushrod

Jermon Bushrod
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5. Jermon Bushrod

Jermon Bushrod
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Jermon Bushrod is one of the better left tackles in football, and he did a pretty god job protecting the blind sides of Josh McCown and Jay Cutler in 2013. With the Bears lacking a reliable backup behind Cutler this season, Bushrod becomes one of the most important players on the roster.

4. Matt Forte

Matt Forte
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4. Matt Forte

Matt Forte
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Matt Forte had a career season last year, racking up more than 1,900 yards from scrimmage and being a solid presence in pass protection. His versatility makes him almost as important to Chicago's offense as Cutler.

3. Lamarr Houston

Lamarr Houston
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3. Lamarr Houston

Lamarr Houston
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Lamarr Houston was brought in to solve two of the Bears' chief weaknesses from 2013: the run defense and the pass rush. He was one of the better defensive ends in the NFL last year at pressuring opposing quarterbacks and is known to be one of the best run defenders in the league. No other player on Chicago's defensive line offers the combination of skills that Houston possesses.

2. Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler
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2. Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler
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Cutler was in the midst of a tremendous season in 2013 before going down with a flukey injury in a game against the Washington Redskins. With Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and an emerging Marquess Wilson, the Bears' offense has all the weapons in the world to work with. Without Cutler, however, the team could be left firing blanks.

1. Lance Briggs

Lance Briggs
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1. Lance Briggs

Lance Briggs
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Following Brian Urlacher's retirement, Lance Briggs took over the role of defensive signal caller. He remains one of the best players on Chicago's defense, and the team plainly missed him when he was knocked out for most of the latter half of the 2013 season by a shoulder injury. The success of the newly-constructed Bears defense will depend in large part on Briggs and his ability to stay on the field.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.