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The Bears Are Better This Year

Do you believe in the Bears this season? With all the movement this off-season in the NFL, did the Bears get better? Can they really compete in a division with the defending champs? Let's take a look.

Last year, the Bears finished with an 11-5 record and a loss to the rival Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship and there were many questions going into this off-season: Is Jay Cutler tough enough? Who is going to be on the offensive line? Who is going to catch passes? Can the defense continue to win games for the offense?

When the lockout ended, it felt as if the Bears were just standing pat and not doing much as other teams were signing free agents and trading players. Then the Bears traded one of Cutler's favorite targets, Greg Olsen to the Carolina Panthers. Then they decided they would begin the post Olin Kreutz era, which has somewhat upset fans who believed Kreutz was essential to an offensive line that allowed an NFL leading 52 sacks last year.

But key additions this off-season should have Bears fans looking up.

They finally have a number one (so be-it a diva) receiver in Roy Williams. They have a third running back in Marion Barber, who may be a better second option than Chester Taylor. Since Barber came into the league in 2005, he's rushed for 4,358 yards and 47 touchdowns—in that same time, Taylor only has 3,551 yards and only 21 touchdowns. I believe this was a great pick-up.

I also believe the offense will be better overall because this is the second season under the Mike Martz system. The drafting of Gabe Carimi and a second year under Mike Tice will the offensive line as they are looking younger and should be more solidified. The defense will always be the Bears defense and they will continue to make it difficult for opposing offenses to score.

So the main question to Bears fans is: are you buying into what the Bears are selling?

They may not win the NFC North (the Packers are just too good), but I believe they will make the playoffs and compete for the NFC ticket to Indianapolis in February.

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Ryan Sparrow August 11, 2011 at 09:16 PM
Did the Bears make all the moves I wanted? No. Did they improve their team from last year? Yes. The loss of Greg Olsen won't be a big deal in my mind, especially the way Martz runs his offense. The loss of Krutz will hurt more from a team leader stand point and not as much on the field. Roy Williams won't be spectacular but he's still the best WR the Bears have (wish they would have added a better free agent). Adding Barber will allow the Bears to get the ball in the end zone from short yardage, something they have struggled with in the past. As a team I like the Bears chances this season, but things will not fall into place as easily as last season.
Eric Lawhead August 11, 2011 at 11:36 PM
I think you're right on with the Kreutz point. He was the leader, even Urlacher said so, in the locker room. But he was getting up there in age (in football years) and has to just be worn down (not missed a game since 2003). You're on to something that things won't fall into place as good this year than last. There's no way the Packers can have so many injuries.

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