A Lot Of Big Changes For The Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears have gone through a ton of changes this off-season. They fired head coach Lovie Smith due to lack of offense to be replaced by new former CFL coach Marc Trestman. The Bears also parted ways with the face of their franchise the last thirteen years linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Chicago had wanted Urlacher back this season but at a price of 2 – 2.5 million which the star linebacker had refused citing it as an insult. Sadly that maybe way above market value for the aging 34 year old linebacker who missed four starts due to injury last season. Should he want to continue his career he will probably have to sign on somewhere for far less money.
Besides the loss of Urlacher the Chicago Bears have been full steam ahead picking up former Carolina Panthers linebacker James Anderson. The former Carolina LB started 53 games for the Panthers making 432 tackles, 8 sacks, 7 fumble recovers, and 3 interceptions. Anderson resides in the Carolina Panthers record books as most games played by a linebacker at 94 and most tackles in a game with 20 which he set in 2012.
Chicago has also resigned offensive lineman Jonathan Scott and cornerback Kelvin Hayden who is a really good nickel corner in the league. Last year Hayden played in all 16 games starting two of them making 40 tackles , one interception, three passes defended, and tied for first place in the league with four fumble recoveries.
Most analyst expect the Bears to grab a defensive player in the draft with outside linebacker from Georgia Alec Ogletree being the most specifically mentioned target. Regardless who they add via draft and the rest of free agency a lot of the Bears success will fall on the new coach Marc Trestman who will be calling the offensive plays. If he can get the Bears offense to play at a higher level to play close to the same level as the defense then this team will be a dangerous one this season.
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