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Could the Chicago Bears be a Super Bowl-contending team? The Bears look to overcome the injury problems that cut their season short last year after they had a promising start.
Jay Cutler is back and ready to go with his new and former favorite target Brandon Marshall. Last season the Bears were 7-3 prior to Jay Cutler's and Matt Forte's injuries.
This season the Bears look to rebound and seem to be ready. In the offseason, the Bears acquired Brandon Marshall, one of Jay Cutler’s favorite targets from when they played together for the Denver Broncos. Also, the Bears drafted former Boise State star Shea McClellin with their first pick of the 2012 NFL draft.
Matt Forte is ready to go after his season-ending injury last year. Over the past couple of seasons, Matt Forte has accounted for over half of the Bears offense—but with Brandon Marshall as a new addition, Matt Forte's role could change a little bit. Instead of being the only option, he now will need to pass block a bit more.
Yes, the offense looks good and could be explosive with a high-profile running back and the addition of Brandon Marshall, but let’s not forget they have another option for receiver in Alshon Jeffery, rookie out of South Carolina. He has looked good this offseason in OTAs, minicamps and the preseason, so defenses can't just focus on Brandon and expect the other receivers to not step up.
Jay Cutler has a lot of options this season—it's all a matter of whether he and Forte can stay healthy for a full season.
The defense looks just as good, especially with first-round draft pick Shea McClellin, who will be on the opposite side of Julius Peppers. Lance Briggs is returning as well as Brian Urlacher, who will help comprise a tough, high-powered linebacker corps.
So yes, the Bears have a real shot at being Super Bowl contenders. They have the offense and defense to make some noise in this year’s Super Bowl run.