Well as the title suggests we have a long month ahead of us full of writers stretching an inch of info into a mile, and no real news. Until training camp, we have to just bide our time and count the days until the Bears report to Bourbonnais. Also, lets hear everyone take a crack at a "bold prediction on the year." Throw out an offensive, defensive and coaching one. Good or bad. Lets see if we have anyone come close to being right come Feb. So I wanted to start a thread that can maybe generate some discussions on any and all topics to get us through this month. Anything. Who are we excited about? Worried about? What could possibly go wrong? Right? Are we going to beat the Packers by 75or 100? What battles are we looking forward to? Predictions on winners of those battles? Anything to get us to TC. Couple things I think could develop into major factors.. Mel Tucker has been taken off his leash. No more ghosts of Lovie, and an influx of talent (mostly young) to set him up. Combine with additions of Pasq and other new coaches. IMO he will either thrive or flop. I don't think there will be much grey area. Outside of here I've read either he is a great coach or a horrible one who just looked good under Del Rio. This year we are going to find out and if he can prove to be a good coach who can put our defense in a position to set up our dynamic offense in good positions, we will be a very tough team. Safety is just going to be interesting to watch in TC and all year. Wilson is another intriguing aspect into this whole mass of players we have back there now. I don't think we are going to get a 6th pro bowl out of him but he has other great value. Wilson can (hopefully) act as a bridge if needed to get us through the first few games until one or both of the following happen. Conte gets 100% and Vereen gets up to speed. Hopefully he can mentor the both of them and play if needed until one (or both) can take over. We don't need pro bowl play out of the safeties, just not screwing up on a regular basis will suffice. I for one am excited about our linebackers this year. I may be in the minority here, but I think we have more to be excited about than afraid of. Shea and Bostic both have some great raw talent. There are things that both do very well, and that will be a good base to build off of while they round out into complete players. Again, this goes back to Tucker. How they are developed and used are going to be deciding factors on how successful they are. If nothing else, they can allow Tucker to be aggressive when he chooses to. Also, Jones is a guy to keep an eye on. Could be a steal. Its my feeling that we are going to have a deep, young rotation up front. Wouldn't shock me one bit with the guidance of Pasq to see Ferguson and/or Sutton really come on strong this year. They are perfect complements to each other and could be our 2 and 3 for a long time if it works out. Both have extremely high ceilings and Pasq being here is enormous from them. I'm expecting surprising years from one or both. Something not noted as much as it should is Trestman. He did a phenomenal job IMO in year one esp with the offensive unit, and this unit will be even better. Another year of Trestman's system and I'm sure it can be expanded and players will get a better feel of it. We have a lot of young players who will improve and from all looks Wilson in the slot will be an upgrade form Bennett. Carey with young fresh legs and a desire to make a name for himself will be an upgrade at RB2 IMO and will help to keep Forte fresh. Then there's Lynch, who was up for some award called the Heisman last year. Who knows what he can bring if he even makes the team but...who knows. Speaking of the offense... I found a good image of our outlook this year........ Anyways. My bold predictions..... Offensive: Our offense finishes top in total yardage and points Defensive: 3 rookies play over 70% of the snaps. One makes pro bowl. Coaching: Trestman wins coach of the year. Yep. I'm drinking the koolaide.