NFL  > Chicago Bears  > Chicago Bears Preseason 2013. How far can these BEARS go?
July 30, 2013, 10:11 PM
Isn't that the question we all want the answers too? Other questions we must be asking, just how far can this team go? Playoffs? Further? Will the Offense be offensive? How long will it take the offense to learn this new offense? 1,2, or even 3 YEARS?Will the defense get worse? If so how much? Will Devin Hester come back and be what he was in the past? Are the days of our COACH'S being outcoached over? Marc Trestman is NOT known for taking a long time in getting his teams competitive and beyond! So asking just how good can this team be is a legitimate question THIS YEAR! Is Phil Emery a guru or a fool?

Answers to these and our other questions can only be given on the playing field, but to me, as I see it so far, the answers are mostly going to be positive this year. Think about it and give me your questions and responses! GO BEARS!!!
July 31, 2013  08:09 AM ET

BF,

Thats a good question. Now that they've fired Lovie and have a new HC?

That may hold them back,as new HC's usualy bring in thier own crew.

That may hurt them the worst.

Since you play Cincy in the 1st regular season game,it will show you how yer Offense and defense does as well.

As defense usualy get's its' s/it together faster than the offense.

August 1, 2013  05:14 AM ET

Hi EZ hope you are well.

Playing your Bengals in the first game should show us what we are made of real quick. I'm very glad we are playing a playoff team in the first game. I expect the Bears to surprise and have a quick start and make the playoffs THIS season. I really think that the Bears will be better than most people expect.

I'm also ecstatic that we FINALLY have a coach that can outcoach other coaches. Watching Lovie year after year lose won games because he was outcoached drove me crazy! The last two Seattle games are prime examples one of which we had a two touchdown lead at 1/2 time and we got stomped because of their 1/2 time adjustments! This will NOT happen with Trestman!
GO BEARS!!!

August 1, 2013  04:21 PM ET

BF,

I wish the BEARS the best, just not when they play the Bengals isall.:-)

So, GO BEARS!! too you ,GSH and BGD and all the other Chicago fans out there.

August 3, 2013  02:27 AM ET

I will say this EZ. IF and it's a big IF right now, the Bears beat the Bengals, the Bears WILL make the Playoffs. To me this is the litmus test to our ENTIRE season. It's a win if we win, but NOT the end if we don't. GO BEARS!!!!

August 3, 2013  02:27 AM ET

I will say this EZ. IF and it's a big IF right now, the Bears beat the Bengals, the Bears WILL make the Playoffs. To me this is the litmus test to our ENTIRE season. It's a win if we win, but NOT the end if we don't. GO BEARS!!!!

August 3, 2013  02:27 AM ET

I will say this EZ. IF and it's a big IF right now, the Bears beat the Bengals, the Bears WILL make the Playoffs. To me this is the litmus test to our ENTIRE season. It's a win if we win, but NOT the end if we don't. GO BEARS!!!!

August 3, 2013  02:28 AM ET

I will say this EZ. IF and it's a big IF right now, the Bears beat the Bengals, the Bears WILL make the Playoffs. To me this is the litmus test to our ENTIRE season. It's a win if we win, but NOT the end if we don't. GO BEARS!!!!

August 3, 2013  02:32 AM ET

Props on the quadruple post.

August 3, 2013  03:58 PM ET

BF,

I read ya the 1st time! :)

I wouldn't take yer 1st game as prophesy ,As both teams will be tweeking their Offense.

I just figure the 1st game of the year will hopfuly ,be exciting. for one of us.

August 4, 2013  05:42 AM ET

I'm terribly sorry about the quadruple post. I didn't think it went in. My computer has had so many problems it's ridicules. Please forgive me. GO BEARS!!!

August 4, 2013  06:00 AM ET

I keep thinking about the offense of the 49er's under Bill Walsh. I keep thinking that they had two very, very, good wide receivers (Jerry Rice and John Stallworth I think ), but honestly neither was a burner of the speed of a Johnny Knox or Willie Gault. The more I think about it, I really wonder how much do the Bears really need a burner? Can Mark Trestman make our offense work without a burner? Would Jay's powerful arm be wasted without a man who can stretch the field?

The truth of the matter is Jay Cutler has a stronger arm than Joe Montana ever dreamed of having. Granted inside of 30 yards Joe was the greatest passer of all time, but in today's offense how much is burner needed? Or is it an imperative that the Bears get one? We will see, and IF the Bears need one it won't take 2 or 3 seasons for Phil Emery to get one in here. This is the difference in the NEW Bears. They diagnose the problem and fill the position. Now it's just up to Mark Trestman to make things work and I think he can, and will, make the Bears offense roar!!! GO BEARS!!!

August 4, 2013  02:56 PM ET

One of a handful of teams I am truly curious about this year. Trestman's twist on the offense is going to be intriguing to see play out...they may not have all the tools they need to make it work, but with a little overwhelming play from some of the secondary options in the passing games...who knows? More important question is how the offensive line is going to hold up...and who is going to fill Urlacher's shoes? Might not have been the same All-Pro player, but his experience and field vision can't just be found on the street or from Denver castoffs.

These Bears have playoff potential, and I would rank that potential higher than Minnesota's despite last year's results. But you're going to have to pull something out of your backsides if you're going to unseat the conference's best once the postseason rolls around. The bears are one fantastic year from Jay Cutler away from being one of those teams, though.

Like I said, very curious.

August 6, 2013  02:40 AM ET

It almost all comes down to the O-line. With at least 3 new starters maybe 4 or even 5, (counting TE), and Webb moving to RT from LT where he had played good enough for them to try him at LT, the Bears are VERY interesting. Add in the new O-coordinator, O-line coach, and Head coach who will be calling the plays it gets even more interesting.

Just how much can an offensive Coach change a team? Can he take an average O-line and through his play calling make them so that they are no longer THE weak link on the team is the real question? Can he call plays so effectively that their weaknesses don't matter anymore? How good are our Wr's AFTER Marshall is the next question? An unproven 2nd year man, an injury prone Bennett, and totally unproven other Wr's is cause for concern.

Lastly just how good can Jay be this year? Can he revert to his Pro Bowl play? Is a QB guru really that big of a difference? These questions are about to be answered and I for one can't wait to see the results! I really think that IF Trestman can make all these players work together, the Super Bowl is the limit. Now it's almost time to put up or shut up. Is anyone else as excited as I am? GO BEARS!!!

August 6, 2013  09:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I keep thinking about the offense of the 49er's under Bill Walsh. I keep thinking that they had two very, very, good wide receivers (Jerry Rice and John Stallworth I think ), but honestly neither was a burner of the speed of a Johnny Knox or Willie Gault. The more I think about it, I really wonder how much do the Bears really need a burner? Can Mark Trestman make our offense work without a burner? Would Jay's powerful arm be wasted without a man who can stretch the field? The truth of the matter is Jay Cutler has a stronger arm than Joe Montana ever dreamed of having. Granted inside of 30 yards Joe was the greatest passer of all time, but in today's offense how much is burner needed? Or is it an imperative that the Bears get one? We will see, and IF the Bears need one it won't take 2 or 3 seasons for Phil Emery to get one in here. This is the difference in the NEW Bears. They diagnose the problem and fill the position. Now it's just up to Mark Trestman to make things work and I think he can, and will, make the Bears offense roar!!! GO BEARS!!!

BF,

Yeah that's a sore spot for most Cincy fans,That Paul Brown didn't make him HC in Cincy,and we all know how that turned out. Jerry Rice could stretch the field and Montana,had him and a couple of other Recievers as well,And they were good! Can't recall the names though.[been so long.]

The Bears have a good shot for the end season.just depends on how you do wit GB and the Liona and Vikes,I figure Chicago are better than them,but anything's possible,especialy divisional games.

August 7, 2013  03:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hi EZ hope you are well. Playing your Bengals in the first game should show us what we are made of real quick. I'm very glad we are playing a playoff team in the first game. I expect the Bears to surprise and have a quick start and make the playoffs THIS season. I really think that the Bears will be better than most people expect. I'm also ecstatic that we FINALLY have a coach that can outcoach other coaches. Watching Lovie year after year lose won games because he was outcoached drove me crazy! The last two Seattle games are prime examples one of which we had a two touchdown lead at 1/2 time and we got stomped because of their 1/2 time adjustments! This will NOT happen with Trestman! GO BEARS!!!

I hope so

August 7, 2013  03:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Props on the quadruple post.

Bravo !!

August 7, 2013  11:32 PM ET

This Bears team will go as far as Cutler can take the offense, it's a make or break year for many vets. Emery has made it a point no contract extensions until the seasons end so he is evaluating everyone and their ability to adapt to Emery's personal coach pick in Trestman, I predict as I do every year 8-8 as the season begins.

August 8, 2013  01:25 AM ET

This team will go as far as the offensive line plays, if they keep Cutler upright, they win a lot of games, but when you get to the playoffs, you are only playing the best teams, I they will revert to who we thought they were.

I think they will do a little better, I predict 11 or 12 victories and then a big time choke in the first playoff game...leaving them right back at square one, looking at each other, with a roster full of free agents.

It is just a breath of fresh air knowing that the Jerry Angelo or Lovie Smith are not there, and they actually have a chance to win, the is all you can ask.

August 8, 2013  06:35 AM ET

Too bad you all just lost Hayden.

 
August 8, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

This team will go as far as the offensive line plays, if they keep Cutler upright, they win a lot of games, but when you get to the playoffs, you are only playing the best teams, I they will revert to who we thought they were.I think they will do a little better, I predict 11 or 12 victories and then a big time choke in the first playoff game...leaving them right back at square one, looking at each other, with a roster full of free agents.It is just a breath of fresh air knowing that the Jerry Angelo or Lovie Smith are not there, and they actually have a chance to win, the is all you can ask.

I do think the O-line will be better but Cutler has to adapt to Trestmans west coast style offense which entails plenty of short passes and check down options. Cutler is a bomber who loves the deep pass and good at it but seems to have trouble at times getting rid of the ball quickly which coincides with the O-Line play. Both have to play well for this offense to have success but Cutler has to see and read the pass rush and help the line by throwing the ball away on busted plays, he needs to learn to give up on a play rather than try and make something out of nothing at times.

The W.R. core is strong this year, weird saying that about a Bears team but Marshall was a steal and the #1 receiver the Bears needed and Jeffery is benefiting learning from Marshall and defiantly has improved and no longer looks like a rookie and compliments Marshall at the #2 W.R. spot. Add in Martellus Bennett and the Bears have a T.E. they have been missing since Olsen was traded and Bennett is the better blocker between the two IMO.

I still believe there will be bumps in the road and stay with 50% or 8-8 until I see if some of those bumps can get smoothed out early in the season.

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