The Bears roster is thin on talent. Forget the issues at the wide receiver and safety positions.
Yes, there are a few all-pro starters and General Manager Jerry Angelo went out and got some major talent to improve the team. He stole Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos to obtain the team’s strong-armed quarterback of the future—a quarterback capable of overthrowing Devin Hester on a fly pattern down the sidelines.
Angelo found Cutler’s bodyguard in the form of Orlando Pace, the former St. Louis Ram who will protect the QB’s backside.
Naturally, both players will lighten the load and open running space for the Bears phenomenal rookie running back, Matt Forte.
But what if The Bears lost one those players to injury?
Which player will step in and allow the Bears to continue on their hypothetical path to the Super Bowl?
Now consider the defense.
Can the team be successful without either Brian Urlacher or Lance Briggs playing their positions as all-pro linebackers?
Let’s say defensive tackle Tommy Harris blows out his knee again. Will rookie Jarron Gilbert become the new force in the middle of the defensive line?
Or what if Charles Tillman, the Bears’ most reliable cornerback, joins fellow starter Nathan Vasher on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury. Backup cornerback Corey Graham can’t cover two receivers simultaneously.
Can the Bears win the division and a playoff game if any starter is injured?