2014 Offense: 19.9 PTS/G (23rd)
2014 Defense: 27.6 PTS/G (30th)
Key Additions: Pernell McPhee (LB), Mason Foster (LB), Eddie Royal (WR), Antrel Rolle (S)
Key Losses: Brandon Marshall (WR), Lance Briggs (LB), Charles Tillman (CB), Stephen Paea (DT), Roberto Garza (C)
Top Three Draft Picks: Kevin White (WR), Eddie Goldman (DT), Hroniss Grassu (C)
The Bears are perpetually disappointing but they won’t be this year. No one expects them to be good so when they aren’t no one will be disappointing. The defense was incredibly awful and adding a good player like McPhee won’t change that. They also lost a couple of their longtime defenders, Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman. Both players at the end of their careers but the Bears are in no position to lose defenders.
The Bears were supposed to have a great offense last year. They had maybe the best pair of receivers in the league as well as the best all around running back, Matt Forte. Their head coach, Marc Trestman, was an offensive genius that was finally going to help Jay Cutler reach his full potential. It didn’t work out. Jay Cutler got benched, Brandon Marshall got traded at the end of the year, and Trestman was fired. The Bears did try to replace Marshall by drafting Kevin White but too bad he got hurt already. They did sign Cutler’s former Bronco teammate Eddie Royal but he’s not that good. Their new head coach, John Fox, is a defensive guy. Maybe new offensive coordinator Adam Gase is a real offensive genius. Can he make the Bears good enough to compete again? Maybe next year or the year after that or the year after that. When’s Cutler’s contract up?