The key word here is "realistically" and not what we "hope" happens. Actually, we should improve this year significantly even if that isn't reflected by a big improvement in the win column this year. Here are a few key stats regarding last season that we should be able to improve upon: 1. The defense gave up historically high scores of 50+ point curb stompings. I don't see that happening this year....I really don't. 2. The defense last year was ranked 31st as far as points allowed per game. Only the Oakland Raiders defense was worse than us in this category. We allowed 27.6 points per game (LINK). 3, The offense scored less than 20 points per game - 19.0 (LINK). That ranked us in the lower-10 of the NFL teams. By comparison, Green Bay led the league in offense with an average score of 30.4 points per game. The Patriots were at 29.2. Ultimately if we want to play with the big boys we need to be scoring a lot more points than 19 per game. But I think this is an area we could improve upon if we could get an NFL-quality OL in place here in Chicago. Not a cobbled together piece of crap like we now have with Garza, Mills & Turnstile Bushrod. 4. Two other things come to mind where we could significantly improve this year. Even with Cutler here again, I don't see us turning the ball over at such an alarming (league leading) rate. I think the play calling can help us here immensely. Take the ball out of Cutler's hands and run the ball more consistently. If we would seriously upgrade the OL and be capable of solid run-blocking, then this is definitely an area we can improve upon THIS year. The play calling should be better because I can't imagine another set of coaches being as bad as what we had last year. So the two things here (play calling in general, and running the ball more) should help the offense climb out of that bottom-10 scoring category. I'm thinking we may not see a big positive swing in the number of wins this year. But the games should be more competitive and less embarrassing to watch. I'm thinking a 5 to 7 win season would be a reasonable expectation, and another relatively high draft pick next year. Maybe that will be good for us if we want to pick a QB out of what should be a better QB class in 2016.