2013 CHICAGO BEARS PREVIEW
May 27, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
2013 CHICAGO BEARS PREVIEW
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?
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)
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.
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.
First Round: Kyle Long, Tackle/Guard, Oregon
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.