Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/11/12
The Chicago Bears have very rarely been known for their offense throughout the history of the NFL.  The Chicago Bears have always been a franchise known for their defensive prowess and superstars.  The 2012 season has been no different for the Bears. The defense has been very solid for the most part, while the offense has really struggled to find its footing and get any kind of rhythm going.While the Bears do have some very impressive players on the offensive side of the ball Jay Cutler- quarterback, Brandon Marshall- wide receiver, and Matt Forte- running back, they have struggled to establish any rhythm.  One may ask "Why with these weapons are the Bears not successful on offense?"  The simple answer is that they have no true tight end to go to when things are tough.  A tight end can be a true difference maker in an offense.  Take a look at the New England Patriots, they have not one but two dominant tight ends.  Between Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez the Patriots offense is nearly unstoppable giving them an element that most teams can only dream of. Now if you take a look at the Chicago Bears tight end situation you have three players that would have a tough time making any other team in the NFL. The Bears feature such tight ends as Kellen Davis, Matt Spaeth, and Kyle Adams.  Those three names put the fear into no defensive coordinator int the NFL.   Kellen Davis is the starter out of this group mainly because of his 6'7" frame.  Davis has been a detriment as a blocker in the running game, and drops far to many passes that are seemingly right in his hands. While Spaeth is a solid blocker, his lack of speed prevents him from being a receiving threat.  Spaeth has had a decent career as a blocker, he has never been able to be a big contributor as receiver.  Kyle Adams is in his second year in the NFL with the Chicago Bears.  Adams has not been able to get on the field enough to make much of a contribution, and there has to be a reason for that.The need for a dominant tight end for the Bears was never as evident as just this past Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.  The Bears offensive line was really struggling forcing Jay Cutler to be running for his life and looking for someone he could quickly toss the ball to and keep the offense moving.  That player never seemed to be there when Cutler needed it the most.  If the Bears had a true tight end for Cutler to get the ball to, perhaps the Bears would have been able to keep the ball moving down the field and win the game.This is an area the Bears are going to have to address going into the 2013 season.  If the Bears would like to become something more then just a team built around its defense a dominant tight end could be just the piece to turn things around.  If the Bears decide again next year what they have is enough at tight end, be prepared to see the Bears offense buried in the bottom quarter of the league offensively once again. 
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