Found June 28, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
PLAYERS: Jay Cutler
TEAMS: Chicago Bears
CHECK OUT FOOTBALL AND FUTBOL’S BOOKSTORE For decades, the Chicago Bears’ success has been rooted in their defense.  Hard-hitting defensive players like Mike Singletary, Dick Butkus, and Brian Urlacher have defined Chicago football.  While the Bears’ tough defense instills fear in their opponents, the Bears’ offense cannot say the same.  New head coach Marc Trestman may change that.  He is the first Bears head coach in many years to come from an offensive background, having served in the NFL as an offensive coordinator for several different teams in the past.  To improve the Bears’ offense, Trestman will need consistency from his veteran players such as quarterback Jay Cutler, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, running back Matt Forte, and the offensive line.  If these players perform well under Trestman, the offense could be much better in 2013.  For the first time in a long time, the Chicago Bears are a team to watch on both offense and defense.   A key to the offense will be Jay Cutler’s performance.  Since he last made the Pro Bowl with Denver in 2008, Cutler has been known more for his injuries, interceptions, and a perceived lack of toughness than his ability.  But if anyone can harness Cutler’s talent, it is Trestman, who has tutored many NFL quarterbacks.  Assuming Cutler stays healthy, he could benefit a lot from Trestman’s knowledge and experience.  Former NFL quarterbacks Rich Gannon and Steve Young credit him for their success in the NFL.  However, Cutler must get protection from his offensive line to be successful this season.  Over the last two seasons, the Bears’ offensive line has given up 93 sacks.  To fix that, Chicago traded Gabe Carimi, drafted guard Kyle Long, and added left tackle Jermon Bushrod and guard Matt Slauson as well.  An improved offensive line could pay dividends for Cutler as well as running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush.    The Bears’ wide receivers will also be intriguing to watch.  Potential starters include Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Devin Aromashodu, Marquess Wilson, and Joe Anderson, an undrafted free agent out of Texas Southern.  Anderson has been getting first string snaps with Marshall nursing a hip injury and Jeffery dealing with a hamstring issue.  He may have an opportunity to shine in this offense if Marshall and Jeffery’s injuries linger.  Bears wide receivers coach Mike Groh sees potential in Anderson because of his intelligence and speed.  If Marshall and Jeffery are healthy and ready to play when the season starts, watch for them to dominate.  Adding to the Bears’ potentially explosive mix on offense is tight end Martellus Bennett whose size, at 6’6” and 265 pounds, could be a force to be reckoned with.  Last season, Bennett had 55 receptions for 626 yards and 5 touchdowns with the New York Giants.   Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who comes from the Jacksonville Jaguars, is also new to the Chicago Bears.  In 2011, the Jaguars defense was ranked 5th in the NFL overall under Tucker.  The Bears provide Tucker with a solid foundation on which to build, with players including Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers, and Blake Costanzo returning to the team.  However, the Bears defense will be without Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher, who retired in the offseason, and pass rusher Israel Idonije, who signed with the division rival Detroit Lions.  To fill the void left by Urlacher, Chicago signed linebacker DJ Williams, defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, and drafted linebacker Jon Bostic.  Bostic is expected to compete with Williams for the starting job.  Defensive end Shea McClellin is a player to watch also, although injuries are a concern.   The renowned Chicago Bears defense has undergone some substantial changes in preparation for the 2013 season, but so has their offense.  Head coach Marc Trestman is poised to forge a new identity for the Chicago Bears with his offensive mindset.  Will he make the offense even more feared than the defense has been?  If he can manage that, the Bears could be scary good in 2013.  
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