Bears continue to build Offense

Discussion in 'Chicago Bears' started by BSBEARS, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. BSBEARS

    BSBEARS Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    1,783
    Likes Received:
    624
    Ratings:
    +828 / 4 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    869ß
    Bears Continuing to Build Offensive Talent Base For the Future

    By Steven Schweickert@SJS_illini on Jun 1 2014, 9:00a 2
    [​IMG]<img src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/cho...593/20131229_jla_ad4_612.0_standard_730.0.jpg" alt=""/>
    Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
    The Bears' offseason will be dictated by the success of the newly rebuilt defense, but don't underestimate the work put into keeping the core of the offense together.
     TWEET SHARE  SHARE 2 COMMENTS ⋆ REC 1
    Remember those years when the Bears would have a new quarterback every season, then when the quarterback was settled, they'd have seemingly a new offensive coordinator or new offense?
    2014 brings a welcome change into the Chicago Bears offense - none.
    With the hiring of Marc Trestman as head coach last year and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, the Bears employed the #2 scoring offense last season, and this year, with the exception of veteran backup quarterback Josh McCown, the Bears bring back nearly every significant contributor to that offense.
    And most of those guys are going to be around for at least another few years.
    NamePositionYears On Contract
    Jay CutlerQB7
    Matt ForteRB2
    Brandon MarshallWR4 (3-year extension)
    Alshon JefferyWR2 (Rookie Contract)
    Marquess WilsonWR3 (Rookie Contract)
    Martellus BennettTE3
    Jermon BushrodLT4
    Matt SlausonLG4 (New 4-Year Deal)
    Roberto GarzaC1 (New 1-Year Deal)
    Kyle LongRG3 (Rookie Contract)
    Jordan MillsRT3 (Rookie Contract)
    So a few important things to note here.
    Marquess Wilson is a placeholder above. If he develops into the #3 receiver the Bears are trying to build him to be, having him under contract for another three seasons means (along with a franchise tag or other extension for Alshon Jeffery) that, also combined with Jay Cutler's extension, the Bears' passing game is set to run four-deep in receiving targets for three more seasons.
    Matt Forte may be running to the end of his contract as a Bear. When the two years remaining on his four-year contract from 2012 are over, he'll be through eight NFL seasons in a very high mileage position with a lot of usage at the end of his age-30 season. Ka'Deem Carey as a backup should take some of the load off him and, at the end of Forte's deal as it stands, could step in as the starter with another two years on his rookie deal.
    Everyone on the offensive line is set for another three years outside of Roberto Garza (and Brian de la Puente, the former center for Kromer's former team the Saints, is only a one-year deal himself). If de la Puente unseats Garza heading into the 2014 regular season, he could find himself in a position similar to Slauson last year - coming in on a one-year deal and playing for a longer-term deal. And for all of Jordan Mills' struggles last season, he still made it through the rigors of starting an entire season at right tackle, and if he happens to be replaced this year, his likely replacement is 7th-round draft pick Charles Leno.
    The Bears used the 2014 offseason to put themselves in a position offensively that we haven't seen them in in quite some time, if ever - they put together the core of a good offense, and have put it in place for a good period of time. So while much of the attention they've garnered around trying to rebuild the foundation of a once-revered defense is well deserved, don't underrate the work they've put in to keep the offense together for a few years.
    [​IMG]
    More from Windy City Gridiron
    • Like Like x 1
  2. riczaj01

    riczaj01 DaBears Ditka DBS Writer

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2006
    Messages:
    22,121
    Likes Received:
    2,737
    Ratings:
    +3,281 / 9 / -8
    ßearz ßuckz:
    1,446ß
    Garza's gone next year, take him out, Forte likely won't be back after 2 years likely they'll draft a real legit heir when he retires, Alshon I would expect to get an extension this offseason(barring a meltdown/serious inj) so he'll be under contract and safe. That means you have the core of your O sitting on the team for a minimum of 3 years, outside of Forte, not to shabby mr Emery.

    RB is a high milage position, but Forte hasn't had a ton of mileage himself when you look at the mileage compared to other starting rb's. He should be fine for 2 more years.
    If Carey is ever the starter, this team has real problems, dude could move in college, but this isn't college anymore, everyone has size and speed. I like him as the 2 back, but kind of like Wilson, hope he's never the guy.

    Hope Wilson is everything this team is hoping for b/c it will take a huge load of the lack of a TE option after Bennett.

    What's even nicer, look at that OL, outside of C(who needs to be replaced) you have your entire OL together for a minimum of 3 years; for a group that is considered 5 guys playing as 1, that's beautiful.
  3. BSBEARS

    BSBEARS Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    1,783
    Likes Received:
    624
    Ratings:
    +828 / 4 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    869ß
    I like the OL position as well. We can bring in some good competition for Mills at RT and let him show he deserves to be there or not. Hopefully we can find a good LOT in the 3rd or 4th round next year who needs some development but would be ready to step in to the starting line up in a few years to replace Bushrod when the time comes. Nice thing is we can develop guys we like and if we get a top notch guy we have solid backups.

    Not sure what Carey will become at RB, time will tell. He may be Forte's replacement or maybe not. I can see the benefit of him starting if he can get 3 to 4 yards every time he touches the ball. We may just need a faster complimentary back who would be # 2 RB. Some see Carey as one of the top RB's in the draft and he slipped because of his 40. Another post here covered that and it just is not that critical for an RB. Anyway its way to early to predict Carey's future as he has yet to have a single NFL carry, either way when the time comes to replace Forte I suspect we will. I believe next years draft class is loaded with RB's so do not be surprised if we take another one next year early and let Forte walk when his contract is up. I do not believe we will pay Forte big money and he may be a case where he checks out FA and see what happens. By drafting a top RB next year we could have three solid RB's with Forte and 2 without.

    The other interesting point to all this is we are projected to have $30MM in cap space next year again. Contracts per Over the Cap next year total $113MM. I have heard up to $150MM salary cap next year, if these recent draft picks start to pan out we will have more than enough money to re-sign them and still bring in a few top names. Are needs for Free Agency next year are not so obvious right now maybe a S, ILB or CB if Tillman retires but nothing unmanageable. We may really be able to align ourselves to compensatory picks strategy and truly drafting the best available player inmaterial of position. Perennially speaking the top teams do it this way and it seems to me we are knocking at the door if not already there. The draft may require we take a position over best available but having to spend in FA may be a requirement of the past. Getting extra draft picks to continue to build on will continue to make the cap space very manageable and grow depth and youth.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2014
    • Like Like x 1
  4. soulman

    soulman Pro-Bowler SuperFan DBS Writer

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2004
    Messages:
    4,946
    Likes Received:
    1,505
    Ratings:
    +1,914 / 7 / -3
    ßearz ßuckz:
    1,760ß
    Emery and Stein have done a nice job of ensuring that the core of the offense can remain together for at least the next three or four seasons hoping that will help propel them into a Super Bowl. If they don't make it by then it's probably time to re-write the script.

    Maybe I'm too much of an optimist but as long as Forte stays uninjured I don't see a whole lot of decline in his game anywhere on the horizon. He's another one of those guys who keeps himself in great shape all year round and could easily be productive longer than most NFL backs. I'm hoping that Carey proves to be a successful compliment to him as an inside runner so that we don't have to over use him especially on short yardage carries or for extended offensive series when he needs a break to rest up a bit. Having another RB who can also average over 4 ypc to spell him would really help.

    I see it pretty much the same with Marshall. The guy works so hard in the offseason to maintain his edge and he not only has that team goal of winning a SB but also that personal goal of putting his career records beyond Cris Carter's and making the HOF. He's another guy I don't see having any kind of serious decline in production especially not if Jeffery is there to help pick up the slack and unless he suffers some career ending injury I'm sure Emery will extend his deal next year long before he hits FA. The example Marshall set with his negotiations should make extending Jeffery a bit easier too.

    On paper that's a good looking layout for the offensive core. Now we need to make sure the second tier depth is there so we don't end up with injuries decimating the offense like it did the defense last year. Those are the positional battles that should be really interesting this summer because I don't see much chance of anyone taking away one of the 2013 starters jobs. Mills might be the most vulnerable and that's not saying a whole lot because he's not very vulnerable at all unless Britton can take it away from him.
  5. soulman

    soulman Pro-Bowler SuperFan DBS Writer

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2004
    Messages:
    4,946
    Likes Received:
    1,505
    Ratings:
    +1,914 / 7 / -3
    ßearz ßuckz:
    1,760ß
    Obviously it's a huge benefit to the Bears and every other team that cap limits are moving northward again after being stagnant for about three years but Emery and probably even more so Cliff Stein are doing a good job of knocking out these deals in a cap friendly manner that won't leave us in a position like the one we found ourselves in with Pep. There appears to be enough cap for extensions and some vet additions if needed but I'm hoping those days are about to end and that we won't have to depend on FA as heavily as we have had to the last two years. We need the rookies and younger vets to show some major progress and start taking over.

    The Carey pick is intriguing because it seems he's somewhat the opposite of Forte a far as how he produces or should produce yardage. I don't have enough data to analyze it well but my impression is that a lot of Forte's yardage comes on several big runs. He has a lot of runs between 10-20 yards and a decent number over 20 yards but there are also carries where he's stopped cold or for very little yardage. His game is getting to the second level and making some people miss.

    Carey seems like he might be a little more consistent at getting those 4-5 yard gains between the tackles and using his more compact frame to push for that extra yard or two where many times Forte gets stood up because he runs much higher. Both are one cut backs but Forte has a longer stride and needs room to accelerate whereas Carey may not be as fast in the open but from his vids he looks like he's very quick out of the blocks, finds the soft spot very quickly, and powers through it. In a sense I think he's a guy whose more likely to get you those two or three yards on a third down play than Forte or at least that's the impression I get from watching their running styles.

    It should be real interesting to see how this works out between them and how they split carries. I guess one benefit as well is that Forte can be flanked out in the slot guy or at flanker as a fourth receiver and we can still line up with Carey in the backfield so it'll be interesting to see how they combine them or if they combine them at all.

Share This Page