Ranking the Top 5 Current Chicago Bears Offensive Players
It seems that considering the Bears' roster going into the 2012-2013 season, they have more than usual elite players.
We have a plethora of Pro Bowlers on defense as well as offense, something that is a blessing for a team whose defense has had to carry the weight of the effort most seasons.
But with an aging defense, the offense has had young stars injected into it in an attempt to revitalize a previously ineffective offense so as to take some weight off of Brian Urlacher and the Chicago Bears defense's shoulders.
Let's take a look at the top five offensive stars for the Chicago Bears.
5: Michael Bush
Boy, Michael Bush is going to look good in a Chicago Bears uniform.
With the signing of Bush, the Bears acquired a starting caliber running back for a reasonable price that will give them the big body needed to punch the ball in at the goal line—something Forte has struggled with over the years.
Bush was productive as the full-time starter in Oakland after Darren McFadden was injured for the season, racking up 977 yards and seven touchdowns on 256 carries to go along with just over 400 receiving yards, while only fumbling once over the course of the season.
A reliable, productive back, the Bears are lucky to have Bush as a backup to Matt Forte.
4: Roberto Garza
The lone bright spot on an otherwise unimpressive offensive line, Garza has been the unquestioned leader of a patchwork line that is still developing.
His natural position a guard, Garza was asked to transition to the center position after the departure of long-time Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz.
His transition was seemingly flawless as he was voted in as an alternate to the Pro Bowl and looks to only improve on his performance last season.
The only issue with Garza is his age—he's already 33.
3: Brandon Marshall
In two seasons with Jay Cutler and the Denver Broncos, Marshall racked up 2590 receiving yards to go along with 13 touchdowns. One of those years, he and Jay Cutler were both voted to the Pro Bowl.
Needless to say, Bears fans expect exciting things from the Marshall/Cutler duo.
Marshall is a big (6'4", 230 lbs), physical receiver who has time and time again displayed his ability to come down with the ball in traffic. Couple that with the fact Marshall has put up five consecutive 1000-yard receiving seasons despite a roulette of quarterbacks, and you have a receiver teams have come to fear.
2: Matt Forte
It's tough picking a No. 1, but I think we all know who it is.
Matt Forte takes the No. 2 spot and really could be argued for the No. 1 spot.
Forte came to the Chicago Bears as a second-round draft pick out of Tulane, and, following the release of the lazy Cedric Benson, took over the reins as the Bears' starting running back.
The rest is history.
Forte has been one of the most versatile, durable backs in the NFL, having started every game of his career until he was injured four games before the end of the season last year.
Over the past four seasons, Forte has received a ridiculous 1,014 touches on his way to 4,233 yards.
Add that to the fact that he has been the Bears' top receiving threat (223 receptions, 1,985 yards, eight TDs) prior to the acquisition of Brandon Marshall and it's easy to see why the Bears are so avidly pursuing the services of Forte for the long term.
1: Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler coming to the Bears is pretty much the only thing I feel a need to thank Jerry Angelo for, offensively.
When the Bears acquired Cutler in a blockbuster trade with the Denver Broncos, Chicago had its first franchise quarterback in decades.
Unfortunately for Cutler, during his tenure with the Bears he has been given little help to put his talents to use.
Working behind a patchwork line along with receivers who were routinely sub-6'0", Cutler struggled his initial season in Chicago but has since shown marked improvement.
Analysts had been touting Cutler as one of the hottest quarterbacks in pro football prior to his broken thumb, which sidelined him for the remainder of the season, and we can only assume he is eager to begin where he left off.
With an array of new weapons in Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Michael Bush and Evan Rodriguez, expect Cutler to explode this season and prove to the NFL nation why he truly is elite.