Seifert: "Bears: Dream/nightmare scenarios"
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Dream scenario (13-3):
Tailback Matt Forte
reports to training camp happy and healthy, either with a new contract or an acceptance of the franchise tag. His good will soothes the locker room and allows players to focus on football. Quarterback Jay Cutler
leads the second coming of the 2008 Denver Broncos
offense, connecting with receiver Brandon Marshall
for 100-plus receptions, and the Bears finally find a Devin Hester
"Package" that works. The aging defense remains sharp, rookie Shea McClellin
provides an important balance to the pass rush and the Bears prove to be an NFC powerhouse. Nightmare scenario: (7-9):
Forte holds out from training camp, starting the summer off on a bad vibe. An offense that looks good on paper struggles to get organized under first-year coordinator Mike Tice. The Hester Package limits his effectiveness as a returner. McClellin isn't ready to be a three-down player. The defense gets old more quickly than expected, exposing the Bears' lack of young impact players.
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Well I can't say that it can't happen but I think his disaster scenario is unlikely. I just don't see struggles on both sides of the ball but like I posted elsewhere the key on defense is to stay healthy. We've got 5 guys who are standouts that we can't afford to lose because we don't have adequate backup unless it emerges in camp and the preseason.
Which by the way, I'm glad Urlacher is taking it easy. We really need to give De Cicco a lot of reps this summer since he's the one backing him. I think I see a lot of Hilly in him and since he played a Safety/Rover type position in college he's knows pass defense which is one of Urlacher's strong points. We need a couple of others like Wootton and the Safeties to step up too. That's still one area that concerns me.
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