Chicago Bears Offseason: Success or Failure?

Since their loss to the Packers in the NFC Championship game, a lot has happened to a Bears organization that was in desperate need for help. If I’m not mistaken, the Bears had the worst offensive line last year, allowing 56 sacks in all. Rip on Jay Cutler all you want, but I don’t know of anyone that can be successful in the National Football League, when sacked that many times. Now most of you would think based on this statistic that the Bears front office would be concerned—concerned enough to spend some money on part of the offense that was humiliated by NFL analysts and reporters the entire year. I guess letting your captain, Olin Kruetz walk because of an argument over $500,000 dollars and letting go of a promising young tight end, Greg Olsen, that had an amazing future was the answer in General Manager Jerry Angelo’s eyes, but definitely not mine.

I just don’t get why the Bears are spending their money and time worrying about their second and third string quarterbacks and signing multiple running backs when they know how much they struggled on the offensive line last year. They should have gone out and spent money on things that are actually going to help this team bring a trophy to the Windy City. By that, I’m talking about revamping the offensive line and getting proven winners to protect quarterback Jay Cutler. To me, a bunch of rookies and second year players are not enough to convince anyone that the Bears will be better in 2011.

Besides the fact that nothing was done to help the offensive line in the offseason, other additions were made to address many of the Bear’s needs. Wide Receiver Roy Williams is a great target for Jay Cutler. At 6’3”, Williams will give him yet another weapon to use at his disposal. I feel like I say this every year, but Cutler gets progressively worse. How many wide receivers does the organization need to sign to make him successful? In the running game, I really like Marion Barber and the skill set that he brings to the table. Barber and Matt Forte will make a dynamic duo, one that may well top the league in rushing yards and touchdowns. But, what does it matter anyway? Offensive coordinator Mike Martz doesn’t believe in rushing the football. On defense, nothing really has changed. The Bears philosophy of hard, tough football will carry the team, just like it has for the past decade.

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