The Chicago Bears OTAs are in full swing. There are a total of 14 organized team activities before the players and coaches report to training camp at the end of July. These OTAs will give players and coaches the chance to get to know each other and prepare for the season and bring a Super Bowl back to Chicago after 25 years.
ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson and Michael C. Wright, identified 6 things to pay attention to as the Bears start their OTA's:
1. Installation of the offense -- Can Mike Martz make this offense into
an offensive juggernaut? The fact is, Martz has improved each one his previous teams offense the first year he coached -- the Rams, the Lions and the 49ers.
2. Development of the receivers -- Are
Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Devin Aromashodu and Earl Bennett duplicate
the production of Issac Bruce, Torry Holt and Az-Zahir Hakim? The national media and even our own fans are still skeptical.
Clarity at left guard -- Martz's offense will depend on the strength of
the offensive line. Can they open up running lanes for Matt Forte and
Chester Taylor? Will they give Jay Cutler enough time to chuck the ball down
4. Chemistry in the secondary -- Will Major Wright push
Danieal Manning out of the starting free safety position and ultimately
out of Chicago? Can Chris Harris continue to progress and bring
stability to the secondary. Can Zackary Bowman successfully become the
number one cornerback?
5. Strong-side linebacker battle -- The
Bears have the deepest linebacking group in the league. Pisa Tinoisamoa
and Nick Roach will battle it out for the top spot. Tinoisamoa was injured for most of last season and will play like he has something to prove.
6. Marcus Harrison return? -- Harrison came to camp last year overweight and this year he missed offseason workouts because he was sick. He needs to
really step it up or he could see his way out of Chicago. With Julius
Peppers now on board, he could be the most improved Bear or could be the
latest of Jerry Angelo's busts.