I've already beaten the "schedule" horse to death, and this board has had long enough to convalesce over the loss suffered this Sunday. So, to kickoff reasons to be an optimistic Bears fan: Cutler has been "off" for much of this year, as I've argued plenty in the past. His continual defiance of the checkdown pass has been a liability all season, and as a result, tries too many big plays, which has caused a lot of "3 and outs". Unlike last year, though, Jay's having fewer breakdowns where he's throwing off his back foot (remember when that was a problem of his?), and right now, the only glaring flaw in his game is not progressing through his reads quickly enough. He's already shown much overall progress from last year to this year, that a second offseason in this system could make this offense elite in every sense of the word. The offensive line is the main reason why the running game isn't working, but does anyone think they'll regress drastically, this season or next? All signs point upwards for this team. Zach ZaidmanVerified account@ZachZaidman Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall have combined for 1,521 receiving yards, the most among any NFL tandem this season. These two are so good, that the Bears can just use a third tackle in many of their 2 TE formations. Doesn't mean we don't need a #2 TE, but it shows that WR is the least of our problems. Bostic hasn't even needed an offseason to nullify the loss of DJ Williams. As good as DJ was at getting to the QB, he was never a long term answer, and even if he were healthy, the way Bostic is playing would certainly not result in him yielding the MLB spot. It remains to be seen if he can keep it up all year, or if he can improve against the pass, but for a rookie, he's doing pretty good (and definitely was the better pick over T'eo).