The 2014 NFL season could be the year of the Bear. The Chicago Bears had a ton of hiccups in 2013 with a disappointing 8-8 season but showed flashes of brilliance. The Bears look like a well oiled machine with top-end parts. If they should somehow disappoint this year then maybe we should consider that the Cubs’ Billygoat curse may just be trying to take over the whole city.
Second year Head Coach Marc Trestman is an offensive guru and certainly has the weapons to put points on the board in his offense. The biggest obstacle Trestman has to overcome is the inconsistency of his QB Jay Cutler. Cutler has been a head case as most of us are aware. At times he looks incredible and other times he’ll make you scratch yourself bald….in one quarter of football. He has a rocket for an arm and has pretty good accuracy. His decision making at times is just so suspect. That is what makes drafting Cutler so difficult. This year though, don’t be scared of Cutler. I think he has the best season of his career and can be a top 8 QB at the end of the year. If Trestman can help Cutler eliminate some of these mistakes the Bears’ offense just might be unstoppable…..especially with all their weapons.
WR’s Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are a perfect complement. Both guys put up great numbers last season and should be drafted very high as top end WR1 (Marshall) and WR2 (Jeffery) respectively. Marshall has not only found a home but also his maturity in Chicago. We all remember this guy being a “problem child” who was often suspended and disciplined. Now, this guy, in my books, is a reformed professional and it shows on the field. He’s also been a mentor to Jeffery who had a tremendous second season. These two should be a dynamic duo for the Bears and for fantasy owners.
The main component of the Bears’ offense is definitely RB Matt Forte. Forte showed his true value last season as Trestman used him in so many different ways. Forte just does everything very well. He can run with power yet has the ability to juke and make guys miss. He doesn’t have break away speed but he can get to the corner and up the sideline with authority. He has pretty good hands out of the backfield and has excellent ball security. He’s the type of guy that you have confidence in when you draft to just set him in your lineup and forget it. Forte should be an easy top 5 fantasy back this year; even as high as top 3. And remember…no Michael Bush this year to vulture red zone TD’s and touches. The better the year this guy has, the better the Bears’ record will be.
What will be interesting for the Bears is at the TE position. Martellus Bennett did a respectable job last season but he has some competition this year with Dante Rosario and Zach Miller. All three of these guys have the abilty to start at TE in the NFL. Bennett was in a scuffle in practice last week and was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount. However, it’s probably safe to say that Bennett is still the Bears’ starter at TE. The Bears will make a decision to keep either Rosario or Miller as insurance and/or as the part of a two TE set. You never know what Trestman has up his sleeves.
The Bears look like a serious contender this season and have a ton of talent to put points on the board. Expect the Bears to score a lot this year as well as anyone owning any of the above mentioned weapons on their fantasy roster. If the Bears somehow falter in 2014, the curse of the Billygoat should be considered a communicable curse.