The Chicago Bears have seen improvements in their roster that could stand them in good stead. However, much rests on Jay Cutler and how far he will be able to take the team. The loss of offensive coordinator Adam Gase was a major blow, but luckily for the Bears their only one during the offseason. His replacement Dowell Loggains will bring continuity on the offensive front.
The Consistency Of Cutler
One of the major issues for the Bears will be how consistent Cutler is. In the past, Cutler has been inconsistent from season to season and from game to game. This could be a debilitating problem for the team as they rely on Cutler to carry their offense.
However, if this inconsistency can be curbed Cutler has the potential to lead the team to victory. He is one of the few quarterbacks able to make crucial plays against the rush. His decision making has also become more patient under the guidance of Gase and Loggains, but it remains to be seen if this will stay for the long-haul.
Durability Of Players
During the 2015 season, the Bears suffered greatly from injuries to their receiving line. Kevin White never made it to the field, and Ashton Jeffery only played in nine games, but during these games, he was a force to be reckoned with as he decimated the defensive line regularly. However, the Bears do need someone to fill the space next to him. It is possible for White to fill this void, but so could Daniel Braverman who will fight Eddie Royal for the slot.
The backfield is one of the Bears big problems. Jeremy Langford seems unable to consistently break tackles having finished the 2015 season with only seven broken tackles on 148 carries. The rookie Jordan Howard does not inspire confidence as he too lacks imagination. However, he does have an advantage of consistently creating positive yardage on the field.
Passing downs is another aspect of the Bears game that is found lacking. There are almost no threats in this area which could cause major problems for them. The best option could be the promoting of Jacquizz Rodgers from the special team’s role.
Quality Up Front
An improvement this season should be seen in the guard play even with the loss of veteran Matt Slauson. Kyle Long has the potential for an elite guard with an adequate tackle. The front of the line has also become younger with the addition of Cody Whitehair during the second round of drafts. He is regarded as one of the best value picks during the round.
The problem is that the rest of the pack is far less impressive. Early last season Charles Leno Jr was struggling, but he did rally toward the end of the year. This has left him seeming to be at least competent for the 2016 season, but the prospects are not as good for Hroniss Grasu who only recorded a 40.2 overall grade.
Secondary Is Lacking Depth
Many resources have been put into the front seven which leaves the secondary a little neglected. While there are some players like Adrian Amos and Kyle Fuller, there are also gaping holes which could be taken advantage of. There are some rookies who will be competing for play time, and they might see some field time if Tracy Porter continues to struggle on the perimeter.
The Chicago Bears have made a few changes like our sponsor for this article http://nosweatlife.com/collections/no-sweat-detergent and during the drafts, and there has only been one major negative impact during the offseason. However, the improvements upfront might not be enough to make up for the lack of depth in the secondary.