The Chicago Bears are rolling into the second quarter of the season at 3-1, and they now face one of the softest parts of their schedule. Here, I take a look at some of the active players currently on the Bears’ roster and rank them as per their contributions to Chicago’s success thus far.
1st Quarter Chicago Bears Power Ranking
1. Jay Cutler
The Bears go as Jay goes, and right now that direction is up. In the Bears’ first two games, Cutler threw 3TDs-5INTs. In the last two games Cutler has thrown 2TDs-1INT.
2. Brandon Marshall
The magic everyone thought was initially possible seems to be more believable by every snap. Marshall went off against a stingy Dallas defense for 138 yards on seven receptions and is seventh in the NFL in receiving yards (352). This is the Brandon Marshall that Chicago traded merely nothing to get. Feels good.
3. Lance Briggs
Lance Briggs had monster game against the Cowboys that included an "interception" return for touchdown. The largest appeal about Briggs’ performance thus far is his team-leading 25 tackles. Bears’ GM Phil Emery comes out looking real good for modestly working out an extension for the 31 year-old linebacker.
4. Michael Bush
After three rushing touchdowns and a team-leading 180 yards, Michael Bush appears to be the biggest X-factor on the Bears’ offense. Mike Tice would be wise to continue giving Bush the bulk of the load on the ground attack while Forte gets his legs back.
5. Charles Tillman
Peanut continues to be Peanut, showcasing on national TV what most Bears fans have known for years. The Peanut Punch. Peanut is right on par for another great season, tied for fifth on the team in tackles (16). He also has an interception for touchdown, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
6. Robbie Gould
Gould leads all Bears’ offensive players in total points with 36, as usual.
7. Henry Melton
Julius who? Henry Melton has proved to be a force in the pass rush, leading the Bears’ defense with four sacks in the last four games.
8. Alshon Jefferey
Alshon couldn't be a more complimentary piece to receiver Brandon Marshall. Jay has relied more and more on the rookie wideout, which can be explained by his 12 receptions, good for second on the team.
9. D.J. Moore
D.J. Moore appears to be attending the Charles Tillman School for Cornerbacks. In four weeks, Moore has 19 tackles, one interception and three passes defended. And also one cool haircut.
10. Chris Conte
Conte continues to amaze Chicago fans, as his 22 total tackles are second among Bears’ defenders, including a team-leading 11 tackles last Monday against the Cowboys.
11. Tim Jennings
Tim Jennings started the season out hot, yanking down four interceptions in the first three weeks. Jennings failed to record an interception in last week’s win at Dallas—although he tipped one into the hands of Major Wright—but he finished the game with five solo tackles and has nine passes defended on the season.
12. Julius Peppers
Julius Pepper continues to demand initial double—and sometimes triple—teams from the outside. Hence, why the Meltons and and Idonijes of the world can work hard and earn a higher sack count. Now that Lovie and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli are shifting him to the interior, the pass rush is starting to look a lot more effective.
13. Major Wright
Major Wright is starting to look like the best of the remaining 2010 Jerry Angelo draft class. In the past two games, Wright has picked off three passes, returned one for touchdown, has seven tackles and three passes defended. It appears that if Wright can stay healthy, this will be what fans can expect from the University of Florida standout as status quo.
14. Matt Forte
Despite being on the mend from injury, Forte has rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown on the ground and is third on the team in receptions with eight for 86 yards.
15. Kellen Davis
So far this season, it looks as if Kellen Davis will work out after all in Chicago. Davis has caught six passes for 103 yards; more than double the amount he had caught up to this point in his five-year career.
16. Gabe Carimi
Thank God the Bears selected Carimi 29th overall, because right now he seems to be the only one on the offensive line who gets it. If he continues to perform at his current level, there may be a move to left very near in his future.
17. Israel Idonije
Izzy has already recorded 1.5 more sacks at this point than he did last year and there still leaves a lot more to be desired. Look for more Idonije on the stat sheets in the upcoming weeks.
18. Devin Hester
Hester expressed frustration with his role in the offense and was awarded with three receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown. I wonder what would happen if he complained about the return game?
19. Brian Urlacher
Urlacher seems to be holding back father time quite well. Despite nagging injuries, he still remains one of the defense’s most reliable with 18 total tackles, good for fifth on the defense. However, where Brian serves as an advantage is far beyond the stat sheets.
20. Nick Roach
Nick Roach has quietly accumulated 10 tackles and a sack for the Bears—mostly breather time for Brian Urlacher.
21. Shea McClellin
The feisty rookie from Boise St. was met with some criticism when he was drafted 19th overall by the Bears. Five tackles and two sacks later, not too many people are complaining.
22. Earl Bennett
Bennett is still one of Jay's favorite targets. However, there are so many to choose from that it's easy to understand how Earl gets lost in the shuffle.
23. Adam Podlesh
Podlesh hasn't done anything yet to hurt the Bears and that is all you can ask for from a punter.
24. Corey Wooton
Wooten began the season with 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and three tackles. He has since dropped playing time and production significantly.
25. Amobi Okoye
Okoye is still healing from the knee injury that sent him packing and sending parting shots at head coach Greg Schiano on the way out. Nonetheless, he has managed one sack and a quarterback hit in the last two games.
26. Kelvin Hayden
With seven tackles, one pass defended and a fumble recovered, Hayden seems to have found himself in the right place at the right time. Maybe that place will be in the starting rotation. As for now, competition is too thick to cut.
27. Stephen Paea
Stephen Paea struggled to make the most out of three starts, but has failed to make the most out of the last two. If Paea doesn't make a more significant impact—the way this Bears’ defense is playing—he can rest assured there will be other players more than willing to step up at the position
28. Khalil Bell
Khalil Bell found himself back on the roster after the injury to Matt Forte in Week-2. However it is apparent that his potential remains to be used between the tackles instead of on the outside edge. Bell has only 32 yards in 12 carries, one reception for 11 yards.
29. Chilo Rachal
In the past two games Chilo Rachal started at left guard. And in the past two games Cutler has only been sacked four times. He was sacked nine times in the first two games.
30. Roberto Garza
Garza is supposed to be the new generation of Chicago Bears’ offensive linemen. I hope this isn't the type of protection we can expect from the new generation.
31. Lance Louis
Lance Louis can be tied for 32nd, but that wouldn't be fair to J'Marcus Webb. Lance has been the constant on left side, but numbers don't lie and game tapes are abiding.
32. J’Marcus Webb
It is unfortunate that J'Marcus Webb isn't able to protect his quarterback. At times it seems as if he has an axe to grind with Cutler the way he just allows defenders to blow by.