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2013 CHICAGO BEARS PREVIEW

May 27, 2013
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2013 CHICAGO BEARS PREVIEW

Chicago Bears (1983 - Pres)

Last Year: 10-6, third in the NFC North

Head Coach: Marc Trestman, First Season

The Chicago Bears won 10 games in 2012 and still didn’t make the playoffs.  So they fired Lovie Smith and hired Marc Trestman to try to get them back in the playoffs and another run at the Super Bowl.  This may be the team to watch in the NFC in 2013.   One key will be protecting QB Jay Cutler.  The Bears went out and found some offensive line help in free agent LT Jermon Bushrod and drafting Guard Kyle Long.  Cutler has been sacked 153 times in four seasons in Chicago.  OC Aaron Kromer will emphasize Cutler have a quicker release and use better footwork. Cutler is known as a gunslinger so that mentality must go. The Bears will also plan on using RB Matt Forte even more in 2013.

WR Brandon Marshall had a career year in 2012 catching 117 footballs for 1508 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Marshall will be the focus of the offense again this season.  Along with Marshall, the Bears will have Alshon Jeffery and TE Martellus Bennett as targets for Cutler.   Jeffery must stay healthy in 2013.   One offensive lineman that needs to prove he isn’t a bust is former first round selection Gabe Carimi.  So far Carimi hasn’t lived up to expectations and will battle with Matt Slauson at LG.

On defense, DC Mel Tucker wants to play fast and physical.  He will use the Cover 2 scheme and will count on second round pick LB Jon Bostic and fourth round pick LB Khaseem Greene to added speed to the front seven.   The Bears signed veteran LB D.J. Williams to help Lance Briggs and Julius Peppers who are aging and LB Brian Urlacher was let go and then retired.  Other additions include NT Andre Fluellen, DE Turk McBride, LB James Anderson and DB Tom Zbikowski.  Can DB’s Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings play more press man-to-man coverage will be the question?

 Chicago Bears (1974 - Pres)

2012 in Review:

TOTAL OFFENSE: 310.6 (28th)

RUSHING: 123.1 (10th)

PASSING: 187.4 (29th)

TOTAL DEFENSE: 315.6 (5th)

RUN DEFENSE: 101.7 (8TH)

PASS DEFENSE 213.9 (8TH

 Chicago Bears (1999 - Pres)

2013 BEARS SCHEDULE

Sept. 8 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Sept. 15 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m.

Sept. 22 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 29 at Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m.

Oct. 6 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m.

Oct. 10 vs. New York Giants (Thurs), 8:25 p.m.

Oct. 20 at Washington Redskins, 1:00 p.m.

Bye Week

Nov. 4 at Green Bay Packers (Mon), 8:40p

Nov. 10 vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m.

Nov. 17 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m.

Nov. 24 at St. Louis Rams, 1:00 p.m.

Dec. 1 at Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m.

Dec. 9 vs. Dallas Cowboys (Mon), 8:40 p.m.

Dec. 15 at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Dec. 22 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m.

Dec. 29 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m.

 

2013 DRAFT

First Round: Kyle Long, Tackle/Guard, Oregon
Long has ideal size to be an offensive lineman and uses his body well to ward off the defense. He has good mobility and can be used to run a pull block as well as being used in a zone blocking system. He is still somewhat new to playing the game of football. His footwork could uses some refining. He was a former draft pick of the Chicago White Sox.

Second Round: Jonathan Bostic, Linebacker, Florida

There was some debate as to whether the Bears should have drafted linebacker Arthur Brown instead of Bostic. Bostic did run a faster 40 time than Brown as well as having a better shuttle time. He projects to be a middle linebacker in the NFL, which seems to be where he will be playing for the Bears in a backup roll to begin his career. He is a powerful tackler who doesn’t mind getting into the play and throwing his weight around. The problem is that his powerful style of play could often work against him, causing him to get tied up with lineman and pushed out of a play.

Fourth Round: Khaseem Greene, Linebacker, Rutgers

With the Bears third pick in the draft, they chose to pick a linebacker for the second pick in a row. Greene is already 25 years old, but he put up some impressive stats, including a 22 tackle game against Army. He was a two time Big East Defensive Player of the Year, and some scouts felt he is close to, if not as good, as some of the top linebackers in the draft. He relies on his speed more so than his strength, and can chase down a ball carrier better than most. His strength is an issue, as he may not be able to rely on just his speed at the NFL level.

Fifth Round: Jordan Mills, Tackle, Louisiana Tech

Mills is 6’5” and 316 pounds. Given his size, he is pretty quick and has the mobility to get to linebackers. All reports say he is a hard worker who plays to the whistle every time. He played against some of the weaker competition in college, and didn’t always look dominant in it. Some feel that his game is far from a finished product, and there is plenty of room for improvement.

Sixth Round: Cornelius Washington, Defensive End, Georgia

Washington is a tall player who has somewhat of an unknown ceiling because he was often used in a rotation due to the depth the Georgia had at defensive end. He uses his length to his advantage to reach ball carriers and take them down. His game is quite simple though and unless he develops a way to get past offensive lineman, he will have trouble seeing much time on the field.

Seventh Round: Marquess Wilson, Wide Receiver, Washington State

Bears General Manager Phil Emery made a trade to acquire a seventh round pick, and they used it on Wilson, who was a major prospect at one time. Wilson quit on his team, accusing coach Mike Leach of abusing players. He later took back the comments, but that is all in the past. He gives the Bears the option of a downfield receiver who has a good vertical and could be a nightmare for secondaries. He will lower his shoulder for extra yards, and also will break off a route to get open if needed. His hands are a question, which isn’t a great thing if you are a receiver. However, for the Bears, it is low risk, potential high reward for a low round pick.

 Chicago Bears (1974 - Pres)

2013 ROSTER

Active

#

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Age

Exp.

College

86

Adams, Kyle

TE

6-4

255

25

3

Purdue

25

Allen, Armando

RB

5-8

199

24

2

Notre Dame

50

Anderson, James

LB

6-2

235

29

8

Virginia Tech

19

Anderson, Joe

WR

6-1

196

24

1

Texas Southern

80

Bennett, Earl

WR

6-0

206

26

6

Vanderbilt

83

Bennett, Martellus

TE

6-6

265

26

6

Texas A&M

4

Blanchard, Matt

QB

6-3

225

24

1

Wisconsin - Whitewater

60

Boggs, Taylor

C

6-3

285

26

1

Humboldt State

57

Bostic, Jon

LB

6-1

246

22

R

Florida

38

Bowman, Zack

CB

6-1

193

28

6

Nebraska

76

Brandon, Cory

T

6-7

324

25

1

Oklahoma

55

Briggs, Lance

LB

6-1

244

32

11

Arizona

62

Britton, Eben

G

6-6

308

25

5

Arizona

78

Brown, James

T

6-4

306

24

2

Troy

29

Bush, Michael

RB

6-1

245

28

7

Louisville

74

Bushrod, Jermon

T

6-5

315

28

7

Towson

72

Carimi, Gabe

T

6-7

316

24

3

Wisconsin

93

Collins, Nate

DT

6-2

296

25

4

Virginia

47

Conte, Chris

S

6-2

203

24

3

California

52

Costanzo, Blake

LB

6-1

235

29

7

Lafayette

6

Cutler, Jay

QB

6-3

220

30

8

Vanderbilt

64

Dennis, Derek

OL

6-3

315

24

1

Temple

88

Eldridge, Brody

TE

6-5

265

26

3

Oklahoma

16

Fields, Demetrius

WR

6-0

210

22

R

Northwestern

32

Ford, Michael

RB

5-10

216

23

R

LSU

22

Forte, Matt

RB

6-2

218

27

6

Tulane

53

Franklin, Jerry

LB

6-1

245

25

1

Arkansas

31

Frey, Isaiah

CB

6-0

190

23

1

Nevada

63

Garza, Roberto

C/G

6-2

310

34

13

Texas A&M - Kingsville

82

Golden, Brittan

WR

6-0

185

24

1

West Texas A&M

9

Gould, Robbie

K

6-0

185

31

9

Penn State

60

Greene, Khaseem

LB

6'1

241

22

R

Rutgers

35

Hardin, Brandon

S

6-3

217

23

2

Oregon State

24

Hayden, Kelvin

CB

6-0

195

29

9

Illinois

23

Hester, Devin

KR/PR

5-11

190

30

8

Miami (Fla.)

30

Hurst, Demontre

CB

5-10

183

22

R

Oklahoma

79

Irvin, Corvey

DT

6-2

295

28

3

Georgia

17

Jeffery, Alshon

WR

6-3

216

23

2

South Carolina

26

Jennings, Tim

CB

5-8

185

29

8

Georgia

25

Jones, Maurice

CB

5-9

193

23

R

Temple

11

Lenz, Josh

WR

6-0

194

22

R

Iowa State

53

Lonergan, P.J.

C

6-4

305

22

R

LSU

75

Long, Kyle

G

6-6

311

24

R

Oregon

87

Maneri, Steve

TE

6-6

280

25

3

Temple

65

Mannelly, Patrick

LS

6-5

265

38

16

Duke

15

Marshall, Brandon

WR

6-4

230

29

8

Central Florida

94

McBride, Turk

DE

6-2

278

27

7

Tennessee

99

McClellin, Shea

DE

6-3

260

23

2

Boise St.

12

McCown, Josh

QB

6-4

215

33

11

Sam Houston State

27

McManis, Sherrick

CB

6-1

193

25

4

Northwestern

69

Melton, Henry

DT

6-3

295

26

5

Texas

85

Miller, Gabe

TE

6-3

257

25

2

Oregon State

67

Mills, Jordan

T

6-5

316

22

R

Louisiana Tech.

76

Minter, Zach

DT

6-1

297

22

R

Montana State

67

Moore, Kyle

DE

6-6

263

26

5

USC

13

Moss, Dale

WR

6-3

213

24

1

South Dakota St.

46

Nelson, Tom

S

5-11

200

26

3

Illinois State

84

Onobun, Fendi

TE

6-6

260

26

3

Houston

95

Ozougwu, Cheta

DE

6-2

255

24

2

Rice

92

Paea, Stephen

DT

6-1

300

25

3

Oregon State

90

Peppers, Julius

DE

6-7

287

33

12

North Carolina

8

Podlesh, Adam

P

5-11

200

29

7

Maryland

44

Quarles, Cyhl

S

6-3

212

24

1

Wake Forest

48

Rodriguez, Evan

FB

6-2

239

24

2

Temple

18

Rucker, Marcus

WR

6-4

185

23

R

Memphis

70

Russell, Brent

DT

6-2

300

23

R

Georgia Southern

79

Scott, Jonathan

T

6-6

318

30

7

Texas

2

Signor, Austin

K

6-4

230

25

R

Eastern Illinois

68

Slauson, Matt

G

6-5

315

27

5

Nebraska

20

Steltz, Craig

S

6-1

210

27

6

LSU

97

Thomas, J.T.

LB

6-1

236

24

3

West Virginia

33

Tillman, Charles

CB

6-2

198

32

11

Louisiana-Lafayette

81

Toliver, Terrence

WR

6-5

204

25

1

LSU

59

Trahan, Patrick

LB

6-2

236

26

2

Mississippi

64

Tupou, Christian

DT

6-2

290

24

R

USC

45

Unga, Harvey

RB

6-0

237

26

2

Brigham Young

37

Walters, Anthony

S

6-1

207

24

3

Delaware

78

Washington, Cornelius

OLB

6-4

265

23

R

Georgia

1

Way, Tress

P

6-1

215

23

R

Oklahoma

73

Webb, J'Marcus

T

6-7

333

24

4

West Texas A&M

14

Weems, Eric

WR

5-9

195

27

7

Bethune-Cookman

91

Whiteside, Aston

DE

6-2

255

24

1

Abilene Christian

58

Williams, D.J.

LB

6-1

242

30

10

Miami (Fla.)

70

Williams, Edwin

G/C

6-3

313

26

4

Maryland

39

Wilson, C.J.

CB

5-11

187

23

R

NC State

49

Wilson, Lawrence

LB

6-1

229

25

1

Connecticut

10

Wilson, Marquess

WR

6'3

194

20

R

Washington State

98

Wootton, Corey

DE

6-6

270

25

4

Northwestern

21

Wright, Major

S

5-11

204

24

4

Florida

36

Zbikowski, Tom

S

5-11

200

28

6

Notre Dame


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