The Chicago Bears finally found their head coach early Wednesday morning in Marc Trestman, along with a new offensive coordinator and special teams coach.
It’s obvious the Bears are committing completely to building their offense into one of the league’s best.
With the players the Bears have brought in over the past few years, why wouldn’t you commit to the offense? It would be foolish not too.
But despite having Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, and Matt Forte, there’s still a few holes the Bears need to fill before they get too comfortable.
1) Tight End
I was very disappointed when the Bears traded Greg Olsen to the Panthers for a couple of draft picks. Olsen couldn’t block, but he was a damn good receiving tight end who gave the Bears more credibility in the passing game. He and Cutler made a very good duo, racking up 60 receptions for 612 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010.
The Bears decided they weren’t interested in another receiving tight end after trading Olsen, and it has been an awful mistake.
It’s no secret that having a tight end who can catch the ball is one of the best weapons you can have on offense. They’re great in the redzone, and at the very least they force the defense to account for them in coverage.
I’d love to see the Bears try to bring in a receiving tight end this offseason. It’s too early to tell where this tight end might come from, but the hiring of Trestman shows this organization is serious about improving their offense, so I am optimistic.
2) Slot Receiver
The Bears have their number one receiver and what looks like to be a solid number two receiver, but they lack a slot receiver. Slot receivers are having unparalleled success in the NFL, and the Bears have yet to hop onto the bandwagon.
The Bears’ offense is not designed for passes downfield. It’s designed for short to medium passes, but they have no threat defenses need to worry about in the short game.
It’s very possible a tight end could play the role of a slot receiver (they often do), but why only get one when you can get both?
The Devin Hester experiment failed, but the Bears still haven’t filled in the spot Hester failed to fill. I think it’s time.
3) Offensive Line
I long for the day when Cutler has Brady-like time in the pocket.
It’s hard to really pinpoint the problem when it comes to the offensive line. I don’t know if it’s the injuries that is the root of the problem, which forces the coaches to change up who lines up where, or if the players are just not good.
I am more inclined to think the latter.
I don’t have any faith in the current offensive line and would be a lot more comfortable if the team addressed this issue with a signing or trade.
The Bears ignored the offensive line last offseason. It’s a mistake that can’t happen again.
I am really enjoying the fact that Bears GM Phil Emery is bold. He’s brought in Marshall, fired Lovie Smith, and hired a head coach from the Canadian Football league.
There’s a level of unpredictability with Emery, and I love that.
The Bears may not be the best team in the NFL next season, but they’re just a few moves away from being taken serious as a top NFL team.