Yes, that’s right . . . I am here to purposely crush your optimism with my brutal negativity. Sue me.
While the additions the Bears have made offensively are great and should make them have one of the most explosive offenses in football, big holes still remain to be filled. Holes that could mean the death of this team come time for the postseason.
Everyone is talking about it, but is a new offensive system really going to help a terrible offensive line that much? It should help a little bit now that Jay will be out of the pocket more, but bad players are still bad players.
J'Marcus Webb can’t get out of his stance, no matter how much he says he’s “got this” (see twitter). That issue has nothing to do Mike Martz’s fabled seven step drops. But who cares. It’s likely that Webb will be a backup anyway, as the great Chris Williams steps into the starting role (sarcasm).
The one positive the Bears’ o-line has going for them is their depth; right down to Edwin Williams, who got playing time last year. He’s a guy who could step in if someone is hurt or struggling. Gabe Carimi is back, though we don’t really know if he will be any good.
Everyone on this line has the ability to move around and contribute decently, which is a plus. Regardless, the offensive line is still a giant concern.
Moving on to a weak secondary . . . Tim Jennings is not a legitimate starting corner in this game. Nothing against him, though. He is fun to watch, he’s tough and he never quits. But his stone hands killed the Bears at times last year.
Also, in their division, the Bears need a legitimate corner—despite their defensive scheme. Unfortunately, Jennings is the best option right now opposite Tillman. And speaking of one of my all-time favorite Bears, how much longer can Charles Tillman show up and stop guys like Megatron on Sunday? He isn't getting any younger.
The clown crew the Bears trot out as "safeties" is the biggest concern on this team for me. Chris Conte played well enough to not get torched last season. He tackled well, too. But who is going to play strong safety? Rookie Brandon Hardin, who won’t be ready to start for a while (at least in my opinion)? Craig Steltz? No thanks. And Major Wright is major bad. I am not impressed with the crew the Bears have at strong safety. Maybe someone steps up and becomes a solid player, but I won’t hold my breath.
The Defensive line is still Julius Peppers . . . and those other guys. Melton has to be the guy regularly for this defense to be great. He still only shows up in short bursts. One minute he is blowing up the middle of someone’s offensive line, and the next minute he’s on roller skates. Stephen Paea shows some flashes of greatness last year, and maybe he can step up with a full training camp under his belt.
You can’t expect Shea McClellin to contribute and be a factor. He might contribute, but to expect big things is just ridiculous.
All I’m saying is, let’s reel in those Super Bowl expectations until we get a few games under our belts. This Bears team is primed to be great and explosive—probably the Best offense we've ever seen in blue and orange. But to say they have what it takes to win the Super Bowl is crazy right now. History says that the team that wins in free agency never wins the Super Bowl. Just ask the Dallas Cowboys about that.