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The Chicago Bears finished last season 14th in the NFL averaging 23.4 points per game. Despite having standout rookie Matt Forte the Bears finished 24th in the league in rushing yards per game by averaging just under 105 yds. Surprisingly, they finished higher in passing offense, 21st in the NFL, by averaging 191.3 yds per game.
The offense benefited greatly from the off season moves the Bears made. The trade of the summer was made when the Bears landed Jay Cutler for Kyle Orton and two, first round draft picks.
One thing that hasn't really been mentioned much is that they picked up six players in this years draft within the first five rounds. What's impressive about that is that they were able to do that without even making a first or second round pick.
Jay Cutler alone has made this offense more threatening. Orton wasn't bad but Cutler is much better. The biggest difference is Cutler has already been to a pro bowl. Coming from the AFC, where there are names like Manning, Palmer, and Roethlisberger, that says a lot.
Perhaps one of the greatest gems about this trade is that it puts Earl Bennett and Cutler back together. They both played together at Vanderbilt and Bennett was Cutler's favorite target at the time.
The criticism that surrounds the Bears now is that they don't have a reciever for Cutler to throw to. I disagree. The Bears leading receivers last year were Forte, Greg Olson, Devin Hester, and Desmond Clark. All four of those guys return and become much bigger threats with Cutler. Add in the rookies drafted and the revival of Bennett/Cutler and Chicago has plenty of options.
Lets not forget this is a running team.
The Bears bolstered their offensive line this off season. The new line coupled with the resigning of Kevin Jones will give Chicago a better running game. Jones will now be two years removed from his knee injury and in better playing shape. Throw in an occasional play from Garret Wolf and this offense will end up shocking its critics.
The Bears offense is ready.