Chicago Bears: 5 New Bears Who Instantly Make the Team Better
When the Chicago Bears fell from 7-3 to 8-8 last season, it was clear that there needed to be some changes around the team, but where to start? Well, it appeared as if the front office knew, firing Jerry Angelo and hiring new GM Phil Emery to take his place.
What Emery has done in the past offseason is something that has not been done in a long time, going after free agents and making trades to make the team better now, as opposed to just hoping the team you have will work out.
Here is a list of five new additions that the Chicago Bears have made this past offseason, players that instantly make the Chicago Bears a better team.
No. 5: Michael Bush
When the Chicago Bears went out and signed Michael Bush this past offseason, it made current starting running back Matt Forte, who is at the moment holding out for more money on his contract, unhappy. However, when looked at more closely, the signing of Michael Bush instantly makes the Bears a better team.
Bush is a good replacement for Marion Barber, who retired after this past season. Plus, it has been shown that the Bears could always use a good backup and third down running back, especially with the worry of Forte's knees.
This could just be a backup issue and he may not see the field a whole lot this season, but adding Bush gives the Chicago Bears two legitimate running backs, something that no team ever wants to face.
No. 4: Jason Campbell
Jason Campbell is a player who very well may never see the field this next season. So why is he No. 4 on this list?
Simple. Campbell provides some stability to provide the epic collapse of last season from ever happening again, at least while he is around.
Having a legitimate veteran quarterback as a backup means no taking chances on rookies that had one good half a game experience under their belt like last season. It also means that he knows the system because he is there from the start, unlike last season when the Chicago Bears had to bring in a new quarterback towards the end of the season.
Any way you look at it, Campbell makes the Chicago Bears a much more dynamic and versatile team, and that is why he landed a spot at No. 4 on this list.
No. 3: Shea McClellin
Shea McClellin was a great pick for the Chicago Bears in the 2012 NFL draft, and he not only can help in the future, but he can also contribute right now. That is why Shea McClellin is No. 3.
The Bears have an aging defense, there is no doubt about that. However, McClellin does more than just provide some stability for the future.
McClellin has played both defensive end as well as outside linebacker at Boise State, which means he knows both positions very well. This makes him a very versatile and tricky player to figure out if you are the offensive lineman for an opposing team.
McClellin allows the Bears to get fancy on defense, plugging in new plays and trying things that they never have before, which is very important when you are going up against players like Aaron Rodgers twice in a season. Keeping other teams guessing is the name of the game, and that is what McClellin does for the Chicago Bears.
No. 2: Alshon Jeffery
Alshon Jeffery was picked after Shea McClellin in the 2012 NFL draft, so why would he be ranked higher on this list?
The answer is right before your eyes: his size.
Jeffery is a big, NFL-sized wide receiver and he is ready to be thrown into an important role in the offense of the Chicago Bears, while McClellin is smaller and needs to get bigger before he is ready to be a starter in the NFL.
Also, the Bears have a greater need at wide receiver than on defense. Sure McClellin adds some mystery to the defense and makes it harder for opposing teams to score, but if the Bears can't score, then it's all for nothing.
That is where Jeffery comes in, ready to help the Bears right away as a rookie WR. That is why Alshon Jeffery has landed himself at No. 2 on this list.
No. 1: Brandon Marshall
Was there any doubt that he would be No. 1?
Marshall adds a huge piece to the Bears that they were missing: someone for Cutler to throw to.
For years, Cutler has had nobody on offense that was skilled enough to be a No. 1 receiver for him. Now that the Bears have him, it makes them a much more skilled team. It adds the threat of the long ball to the already huge threat of the run with Matt Forte and Michael Bush. It makes defense more skeptical of what is going to happen next. And most importantly, it takes pressure off Cutler to be the only superstar name on the offense and allows him to just do his job.
The addition of Brandon Marshall instantly makes the Bears a better team and gives them a chance to win, and that is why he is without a doubt, the No. 1 new addition to the Chicago Bears for next season.
Honorable Mention: Devin Thomas
While Thomas may be only on Special Teams, he fills a huge hole that was left by Corey Graham when he left to go play for the Baltimore Ravens.
Special Teams has always been a huge part of Chicago Bear football, but there is more to Special Teams than just Devin Hester.
Thomas provides some spark on the other side of Special Teams, helping to rough up opposing players, and even block punts and kicks as you can see here.
Even though he may only play on Special Teams, Devin Thomas will be a huge part of the Chicago Bears next season.