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Strengths- There are many. First, Rod Marinelli is no longer the head coach of the Lions. Why does this matter? Because he is back doing what he does best as the defensive line coach for the Bears.
Considering how far off the Bears fell in QB sacks from their linemen, Marinelli will definitely help. Also, Matt Forte had a strong rookie campaign, amassing over 1,700 yards from scrimmage last season.
Oh, and if I forgot to mention, Jay Cutler is the quarterback. Considering this position has not been filled with this caliber of player since Sid Luckman (well, maybe Erik Kramer in 1995, but that's it), the Bears' hopes are high he will make this offense electric quickly.
Weaknesses- Jay Cutler is a Pro Bowl quarterback. The issue is who he will throw to. The Bears are solid with Forte, and the tight end duo of Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen will give Cutler plenty of security blankets.
Devin Hester is not a wide receiver. It is beyond me still how you would take the NFL's best returner (on pace for all-time best) and wreck him by trying to force a receiver turn.
Well, the reason is that the Bears are razor thin at receiver. Rashied Davis, Earl Bennett and the rest of the crew do not exude much confidence from fans.
Prognosis- The Bears will be better with Jay Cutler down the road. However, with a limited number of receivers to throw to and a defense still short in the secondary, it's hard to think the Bears are anything better than a fringe playoff team.