Reader Q&A: Chicago Bears Huddle Inbox
It seems as if I’ve absently slipped into a nice little niche of doing a Q&A session once per month with you folks. And since I haven’t done one all March, and since there’s a lot more going on now with Free Agency and the upcoming Draft, well … it’s a good time.
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<strong>With everyone the Bears have lost and gained so far, do you think they’ll balance out and make a playoff run this year?</strong> — Noah Osen, via Twitter <br> </br> Tough question, Noah. Let’s start with this: Since the George Halas era came to an end in 1967, not a single first-year head coach in Chicago Bears’ history has had a winning season: Jim Dooley (7-7), Abe Gibron (4-9-1), Jack Pardee (4-10), Neill Armstrong (7-9), Mike Ditka (3-6), Dave Wannstedt (7-9), Dick Jauron (6-10) and Lovie Smith (5-11). <br> </br> Granted, head coaches are typically replaced after the team has already proven incapable of success, and the new guy gets stuck cleaning up the mess. For what it’s worth, and what will be left of it, Marc Trestman is inheriting a 10-6 team. <br> </br> The historical crap aside, there is no doubt that G.M. Phil Emery improved his offense with the additions of Martellus Bennett and Jermon Bushrod. But what will happen to an aging defense that has lost, and could still stand to lose more, contributors? That’s the question, as it has been the defense which has kept the Bears in the hunt as of late. <br> </br> They will now look to the offense to provide that in 2013, and I believe that could take some time. On the bright side, Trestman did indeed bring instant and sustained success to Montreal.