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    Read this article this afternoon, thought some of you would be interested in reading it.

    Here's the link: http://walterfootball.com/offseason2014chi.php

    I agree with most of this, it's crazy to see the difference between our offense and defense though. So different than the Bears we are used too.
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    The coaching staff needs to make sure Cutler is protected as well as possible to avoid using one of those three aforementioned backup scrubs. For that to happen, the Bears need to have their young linemen block better. This is mainly pointing at right tackle Jordan Mills, who struggled mightily as a rookie. Mills couldn't pass block to save his life for most of the year, though he did improve toward the end. The team's other rookie, Kyle Long, was much better at right guard, but still was pretty inconsistent. He was a first-round choice, so he has potential and should improve as a consequence.

    I do not know about this article. Jordan Mills struggled mightily and Kyle Long was inconsistent. Lets see Long made the Pro-bowl so I guess a lot of shitty guards in the leage. Glad we do not have one of them and just have inconsistencies.
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    2014 NFL Offseason: Chicago Bears
    Draft Grades, Season Previews, Team Needs, Free Agents



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    2014 NFL Season Preview:

    Veteran Additions:
    WR Domenik Hixon, WR Josh Morgan, C Brian De La Puente, DE Jared Allen, DE Lamarr Houston, DE Willie Young, DE Trevor Scott, OLB Jordan Senn, S Adrian Wilson, S M.D. Jennings, S Ryan Mundy, S Danny McCray.

    Early Draft Picks:
    CB/S Kyle Fuller, DT Ego Ferguson, DT Will Sutton, RB Ka'Deem Carey, S Brock Vereen.

    Offseason Losses:
    QB Josh McCown, RB Michael Bush, WR Earl Bennett, DE Julius Peppers, DE Corey Wootton, DT Henry Melton, OLB James Anderson, CB Zackary Bowman, S Major Wright, P Adam Podlesh, KR Devin Hester.

    2014 Chicago Bears Offense:
    The Bears had one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL this past season. They averaged 27.8 points per game despite the fact that their starting quarterback was out for a quarter of the year. There's only one thing that could potentially prevent the team from matching its great offensive output, and that would be another injury to Jay Cutler.

    Chicago was very fortunate to have Josh McCown available in 2013; otherwise, its season would've gone up in flames. The Bears ultimately missed the playoffs, but they were highly competitive until the very end. McCown is gone now, however, so all the team has as an alternative to Cutler is Jordan Palmer, David Fales and Jimmy Clausen. This wouldn't be a huge problem if Cutler weren't so injury-prone. Cutler hasn't played a full 16-game slate since 2009; he's missed 12 contests in the past three seasons. It's likely that he'll be out for at least a couple of games, so Chicago will probably struggle in his absence, despite Marc Trestman's best efforts.

    The coaching staff needs to make sure Cutler is protected as well as possible to avoid using one of those three aforementioned backup scrubs. For that to happen, the Bears need to have their young linemen block better. This is mainly pointing at right tackle Jordan Mills, who struggled mightily as a rookie. Mills couldn't pass block to save his life for most of the year, though he did improve toward the end. The team's other rookie, Kyle Long, was much better at right guard, but still was pretty inconsistent. He was a first-round choice, so he has potential and should improve as a consequence.

    The left side of the offensive line is much better. Jermon Bushrod held up well at left tackle, save for an embarrassing matchup against Robert Quinn in the middle of the season. Left guard Matt Slauson was the best blocker on the team this past season, while center Roberto Garza was solid as well.

    If Cutler can stay on his feet, he should be able to post monstrous numbers. He has two All-Pro-caliber receivers to throw to, after all. He and Brandon Marshall have great chemistry, and now defenses can't completely focus on Marshall because Alshon Jeffery has emerged. Jeffery actually posted more receiving yards than Marshall (1,421 to 1,295), and he's just 24, so the sky is the limit for him. Cutler will also be able to target Martellus Bennett once again; the big tight end hauled in 65 passes for 759 yards in 2013.

    The running game was also extremely effective. Matt Forte rushed for 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns on a 4.6 YPC clip. He also logged 74 receptions out of the backfield, which was a seasonal career-high for him. Trestman promised to have Forte more involved on offense, so that would explain why his catch count increased by 30.



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    2014 Chicago Bears Defense:
    As good as Chicago's offense was, the defense was even worse. The unit ranked last or close to it in almost every major category, surrendering 29.9 points per contest. Wholesale changes had to be made, but it doesn't appear as though the front office did enough.

    The Bears spent most of the offseason signing defensive ends. They brought in four of them: Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young and Trevor Scott. However, this isn't as impressive as it sounds, given that the team lost Julius Peppers and Corey Wootton in the process. Peppers showed major signs of decline this past season, but the same could be said for Allen, who figures to start across from Houston; the former Raider had a terrific 2013 season. Young and Scott will provide quality depth.

    The interior of the defensive line is more of an issue. The Bears spent a couple of second-day selections on the interior, taking Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton. However, Ferguson is raw, while Sutton is more of a situational pass-rusher. Otherwise, Chicago didn't do anything to improve this area. Jay Ratliff and Stephen Paea will be back, but neither played very well this past season.

    Chicago didn't bring in anyone to help with what was a very weak linebacking corps this past season. Lance Briggs, the top player in that group, was in the lineup for just nine games in 2013 because of a shoulder injury. He'll be back, but the concern with him is that he'll turn 34 in November. He'll probably decline, but even if he does, he's still much better than what Chicago had this past season, which includes rookies Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene, both of whom struggled. At least one will have to improve. Meanwhile, bust defensive end Shea McClellin will be moving to strongside linebacker in an attempt to spark his career. That move probably won't pan out.

    Speaking of rookies, Chicago used its first-round selection this May on Kyle Fuller, an explosive, 6-foot defensive back. Fuller can basically play anywhere in the secondary. He might eventually be used at safety, but it sounds like he'll be utilized at outside cornerback across from Charles Tillman, with Tim Jennings moving inside to nickel. Tillman struggled this past season, but he played through injury, so he might be able to rebound. Jennings will at least perform well, so it's sounding like Chicago's cornerback group should be better in 2014.

    The same, however, can't be said for the safeties. The top five players at the position are the anemic Chris Conte, the awful M.D. Jennings, the decrepit Adrian Wilson, journeyman backup Ryan Mundy and fourth-round rookie Brock Vereen. Unless Vereen proves to be a pleasant surprise right away, the Bears will surrender tons of deep passing plays once again this season.


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    2014 Chicago Bears Schedule and Intangibles:
    There surprisingly hasn't been much of a disparity between Chicago's home and road records recently. Over the past four seasons, the Bears are 21-13 as hosts and 17-15 as visitors.

    Chicago's special teams usually rank among the league's elite, but Devin Hester won't be returning kickoffs or punts for them for the first time since 2005. On the bright side, the Bears defend the opposition very well.

    Robbie Gould definitely deserves the 4-year, $15 million contract he received in December. He went 26-of-29 in 2013, and he's 11-of-12 from 50-plus the past three seasons.

    Adam Podlesh was one of the league's worst punters in 2013, which would explain why Chicago spent a sixth-round pick on Miami's Pat O'Donnell.

    The Bears have a mixed schedule. They have to deal with tough opponents like the 49ers, Saints, Patriots and Packers twice. However, they also get the Bills, Jets, Dolphins, Panthers, Cowboys and Vikings twice.



    2014 Chicago Bears Rookies:
    Go here for the Bears Rookie Forecast, a page with predictions like which rookie will bust and which rookie will become a solid starter.



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    2014 Chicago Bears Analysis: The Bears will once again be competitive, and they will have a chance to claim the NFC North. However, they won't have the luxury of both having a capable backup for when Jay Cutler gets hurt and seeing Aaron Rodgers go down for half the season. Considering the state of its defense, Chicago will probably have to enter the playoffs via the wild-card route.

    Projection: 10-6 (2nd in NFC North)
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    I think they're woefully under rating the caliber to talent at LB and on the DL. To say hat we didn't do enough to improve is pretty ridiculous. When you look around the NFL I'd love to know which teams did better at restocking with top tier vets and rookie draftees than the Bears did. I mean he lists the names but fails to appreciate the collective difference between last year and this year.

    Reviews like this by authors who really don't know or follow the team are a dime a dozen and almost all make the same mistakes. That's why we have fans from other teams like "Buffalo Billy" come over here and say we're gonna beat you because you defense sucks, your OL is no good and which Jay Cutler will show up. All very tired and worn out rips that don't even apply any longer.

    Let's take the DLine. He makes a big deal out of losing Pep and Wootton yet fails to look at the stats that would say that Allen has been a far more productive pass rusher and Willie Young a far better ranking as a 4-3 DE than Wootton who isn't even expected to start in Minny. Add in Houston who is far superior as DE/DT than either Wootton or Izzy and it's tough to figure out where he's getting the "we haven't done enough". That look like a major overhaul of a weak point to me.

    Then he claims that Ratliff and Paea didn't play very well without addressing that fact that Paea played injured all season long and Ratliff didn't play at all until the last five games because he was coming off a serious injury and hadn't played much in two years. In four starts he had 9 tackles and 1.5 sacks which projects to 36 tackles and 6 sacks in a 16 games season. That's not good for a rotational DT/NT? LOL We should be glad to have him and Paea too whose gonna be playing for his NFL future this year. Ferguson and Sutton are both raw but they aren't the starters either and a lot of teams would love to have a guy like Nate Collins who can backup up at both NT and DT.

    Overall it's a very poor analysis.

    Maybe the worst is the assumption that a) we won't have a competent backup QB this year and b) that Rodgers will start all 16 games. I could make a lot of money if I had this guys prescient powers. We were no better off at the #2 QB spot last year than we are this year so saying what he does about that is all based on what was not what is. Nobody ever expected Josh McCown to do that well so last year you could have written the very same thing.

    As for Rodgers to say he will or won't start 16 games is simply a prediction with little or no substance. He may or he may not but at least the Pack is in a better spot at #2 than they were a year ago. Frankly I'm not at all worried about Rodgers and I hope he does start all 16 games. We have an offense that can match him point for point now and a defense that should do a far better job of chasing him around than we ever had before. This year he'll have at least three or four very good pass rushers on his ass.

    I think Walter's 2014 analysis is every bit as inconsistent as he feels Kyle Long was and I hope he's that Pro Bowl inconsistent or better again. This is analysis is like a Lovie Smith Bears team. Mediocre at best.
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    dang it left the u out of league earlier. Guess I should proof read before I post.
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    You must be higher on the Ratliff/Paea combo than me, because I agreed that our DT's are still not a strength.

    I do agree with you that our DE's are way better though. The Houston/Young combo is very underrated and Allen as we all know can play.
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    The author is half right.

    Peppers:
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    YearAgeTmPosNo.GGSSkIntYdsTDLngPDFFFmbFRYdsTDTklAstSftyAV
    2012*32CHIRDE90161611.5    21 46 327 15
    201333CHIRDE/RE9016167.5114 1432 14213114 7
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    2012*30MINRDE/rde69161612.0    31 1  3510 10
    201331MINRDE/rde/RE/re69161611.5    62    3319 6
    The chart spacing stinks, but in just sacks, Peppers went from 11.5 to 7.5
    Allen went from 12 to 11.5

    Tackles stayed about the same for both. Allens assists went up (almost doubled)

    Do these guys actually do any research or just write stuff that they are convinced is true and assume everyone will just believe them because they own a keyboard?
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    I am and I'm a fan of Nate Collins as well.

    Ratliff is a four time Pro Bowler who was playing at NT then and he may actually be better right now as a DT. Coming off a severe pair of injuries, and not having played in almost two years, he had 9 tackles and 1.5 sacks in four starts. Projections are neither 100% valid or invalid but that works out to 36 tackles and 6 sacks over 16 games which ain't to shabby at all. He was still recovering and getting his game back then and surrounded by putzes. How much better can he be this year?

    Paea has flashed some real potential but for three years he's been playing hurt or sitting for about half the games he's been active for. He's in a contract year, his potential replacement has been drafted, and his NFL career is on the line. I believe he'll be playing his ass off looking for an extension that'll keep him around this team for another three or four years. He's not a bad ball player but he's seldom been a 100% healthy ball player. If that continues we may have trouble but we're not without depth either.

    Collins play depends a lot on how far along he is with his recovery. To the best of my knowledge he was involved with all of the OTAs and mini camp so we'll see how he does when the pads go on. If he's 100% he's a great player to have in the rotation because he can play at either inside position and he's pretty fair at getting penetration on runs and pressure on pass plays. We could do a whole lot worse than him and we did most of last year.

    I don't exactly know what to expect out of the rookies other than some spot play. I think Sutton will be more effective if they use him sparingly as a pass rusher and let him loose on obvious passing downs. The kid is kind of a one man wrecking crew when he's on his game. Ego is big and strong and they're gonna work with him as a two gap type NT. How fast he catches on I have no idea. He'll play a lot during preseason so we'll know more then. If Paea is struggling and they don't want to shift Ratliff to NT then we may see more of him as the season progresses. With Pasqualoni working these guys I expect a huge improvement over last year.
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    Houston I've seen so many poorly researched articles that I can't believe these guys get paid to write this stuff. We do a better job of analysis on the fly around here just by watching games which leaves me wondering if some these media guys even do.

    Allen has always been the better pure pass rusher of the two and I don't see any major trend that says his play is declining. It's getting to be old hat that the media simply assumes that a 30 year old player is in decline or about to be in one. With the kind of access these guys have to nutrition specialists and off season training they don't all magically fall off the train at 30. Some will have at least 3-5 more productive years after that.

    Even the simpler things like getting a players measurables correct seems like more work than some of these guys want to do. How many articles have you read that still have Marquess Wilson at 184lbs because that's the weight the Bears website has posted? On exactly the same website is an interview with him while he was working out in Florida where he says he's up to 207lbs and climbing. The kid is only 21 and he hasn't even filled out yet. When he does he may end up at 220lbs.

    The same with Lamarr Houston. He's said himself that he's been playing at around 275-280lbs and will continue to play at that weight yet virtually every articles I read still has him at 300lbs or more. Apparently these guys never even listen to their own interview tapes because it's right there on the recorder.

    So I'd say yeah. Their editor tells them he needs 500 words on whatever and they crank something out that half the time is meaningless tripe and full of all kinds of inaccuracies.
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    Me thinks this is a stat boy that doesn't actually follow the team. Paea played hurt, how did you expect him to look, and ratliff only played 4 games, did he expect the DT to have 6 sacks and 50 tackles in 4 games?

    The OL is 4 stars brother, not yet at least, although the possibility is there. Nor is the QB position, not that JC couldn't be, but he has to play a vast majority of the year for that to happen, and it's been to long since he has, his backups are big quesitonmarks also. A DL consisting of Allen, Ratliff, Paea and Houston is not a 2 star group, bump that up fool. I get the LB thing, the potential is there for more, but to many questionmarks. 2ndry w/Jennings and Tillman and Fuller are 3 stars even after the subtraction of 2 w/a S unit that has Mundy Jennings and Conte on it. RB/WR/ST's/Coaching no real arguments.

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