Entering their second season under head coach John Fox, the Bears will look to improve upon a 6-10 record in 2015. With one Pro Bowl candidate in 2015 (offensive lineman Kyle Long) and some nominal offensive additions, Chicago will once again rely on the arm of quarterback Jay Cutler to lead them to the promise land of the playoffs. Cutler, a product of Vanderbilt, is entering his final years of his contract with the Bears and so far has seen mixed results in during his time in the Windy City.
While he has been a stats machine a la Matthew Stafford, he hasn’t been able to translate that into consistent wins thanks to his inconsistent, and sometimes reckless play. Cutler has the luxury of having the most physically-gifted wide receiver – Alshon Jeffery – in the NFC North at his disposal.
A second round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jeffery has blossomed into one of the most heralded wide receiver prospects in the league. The former South Carolina standout, Jeffery has been a lock in most fantasy football drafts to go in the top five for receivers and earned a Pro Bowl appearance in 2013 for his efforts.
On the other side of Jeffery is West Virginia standout Kevin White. The speedster missed the majority of the 2015 season with a knee injury but is pencilled in as the opposite starter once he returns. White, thanks to his speed, can stretch the field better than Jeffery, and will offer yet another option for Cutler. Veteran Eddie Royal is the slot wide receiver and had a decent first season with Chicago. Tight ends Zach Miller and Tony Moeaki are adequate options, although both are downgrades from former starter Martellus Bennett.
The running back group features some promising young talent which will be relied on heavily to replace the departed Matt Forte. Jeremy Langford received the majority of the carries last season and will be pegged as the returning starter though he will have to fend off the speedy Ka’Deem Cary in the process.
Along the offensive line, Long is the unquestioned leader of the group. A sturdy and reliable player, Long is the anchor of the group. The Bears drafted Kansas State standout Cody Whitehair to shore up some depth along the line and will join veterans Bobby Massie and center Hroniss Grasu.
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Chicago Bears Game Schedule
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The Bears, folliwing the departure of veteran defensive line leaders Julius Peppers and Jared Allen in the past couple of seasons, will have to find some new talent to fill the void. Defensive ends Will Sutton and Mitch Unrein return this year and will have a lot of opportunities to raise the level of the line’s play.
Nose tackle Terry Williams has been pegged as the anchor of the line. Unrein is the veteran of the group as the other two are 24 this year so this will be a very green part of the defense. While the defensive line has some growing up to do, the linebacking corps of the Bears has the most solidified rotation of the defense.
Headlined by outside linebackers Lamarr Houston and Pernell McPhee, Chicago will have a ferocious lineup in 2016 if the group can maintain their health. McPhee, formerly of the Ravens, will be a big addition to the defense and both will be critical in containing the mobile quarterbacks in the division.
On the inside, the Bears added former Denver Bronco Danny Trevathan who was let go after injuries stalled his rise over the last two seasons. Reserve outside linebackers Willie Young and Sam Acho will provide some much-needed depth for the Chicago starters. The Bears also used their first round pick on Leonard Floyd of Georgia so the middle of the defense will be strength for Chicago.
Cornerback Kyle Fuller leads a group of solid starters for the Bears in the secondary. Former New Orleans Saint standout Tracy Porter is another notable player in the group, but is nearing the tail end of his career so look for younger players like Sherrick McManis, Jacoby Glenn or Bryce Callahan to pick up the workload. Strong safety Omar Bolden has been a reliable starter in the league for the last couple of seasons.
Though not normally noted, kicker Robbie Gould is one of the most consistent players at his position over the last decade and is the best kicker in the last 50 years for the Bears. While it is hard to predict where Chicago will land this season, the Bears will only go as far as Cutler takes them.
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