After retaining Bears' coach Lovie Smith and the recent signing of Mike Martz, now it's time to focus on the players. The high hopes of a season for Chicago went down the drain by displaying horrible games, then bounce back wonders.
If Chicago fills these holes in their team, we as Bears' fans should be able to use the expression "Bear Down" again.
Following the display of horrible line play executed by the front, in the final two games of the season, they came together. From Forte getting stuffed in the backfield right after he takes the ball, to Cutler having less than a second to throw the ball, it was pure horror to watch.
Kevin Shaffer did a decent job when he came in for the final games, but by no means is a franchise tackle. Chris Williams needs to stay at his natural position; left tackle. He is a promising prospect and has massive potential.
Find a tackle in the draft,as it is said to contain much promising young lineman, or trade for a younger tackle. We don't want another Orlando Pace. Also, Josh Beekman can come in to play for the left guard position as a good run blocker.
Kreutz and Garza have one year left in the tank. Snatch a good right tackle,and we will have a line to backup Cutler and Forte.
With Adewale Ogunleye and Alex Brown aging, bringing up a younger tight end would be a good idea. The Cover 2 scheme Lovie runs depends on pressure from the group up front.
Ogunleye and Brown still have a couple years of solidness at their respected positions, and Mark Anderson has shown some promise in his rookie '06 season. Julius Peppers will soon be on the market, but I highly doubt the Bears would pay money to get him as they trust their own defense as it is.
With Kevin Payne great against the run, we have not had a playmaker since the constantly-injured Mike Brown. With Danieal Manning following in his trails and doing good at the free safety position,we still need a solid safety who will make plays.
Everyone goes deep in the center of the field against the Cover 2, if we had a playmaker up the middle, it would be an amazing advantage for the Bears' defense.
Charles Tillman is one of the best and most underrated cornerbacks when it comes to football. Nathan Vasher and Tillman used to be a playmaking duo. Vasher with the interceptions, Tillman with the forced fumbles.
Somehow, Vasher's play decreased greatly and eventually hit the bench. With Tillman and the young Zack Bowman out in the secondary, you only wonder how long "Peanut" will be playing. D.J. Moore was said to be a good pickup in the draft for us, and maybe he will flash signs of life sooner or later.
Bowman has shown great potential, a corner we could work with. Needing to beef up our secondary regardless, it makes it more urgent that Tillman broke his ribs and is aging. Picking up a solid corner in the draft would be very helpful down the road, as Vasher will probably be released.
With very promising young receivers in Devin Hester, Devin Aromashodu, Earl Bennett, the speedy Johnny Knox, and Rashied Davis, all the Bears need is an experienced receiver. Cutler needs a tall, physical and playmaking receiver to throw to.
Also, a wide out to come in to give our young prospect tips and advice. Anquan Boldin seems as though he wants out of Arizona, and he would be a huge difference maker in our offense. With Mike Martz normally relying on receivers, it would be too much for our young guys.
Devin Hester and Devin Aromashodu have shown what they can do on the field, similar to Earl Bennett. If a seasoned player could give the young Johnny Knox much needed help, soon he will become the next attention grabber like Bernard Berrian for our receiving core.
With the focus mainly on offense today, hopefully the Chicago Bears will make up their mind to be good on both sides of the ball.