The Bears have made wholesale changes in their front office and coaching staff after the train wreck of a season that 2014 became.
For 2015 the Bears have brought in veteran coaches with track records of success. One aspect of this season’s team is unquestioned, they will no longer look like figures on the surface of an electronic football game, buzzing and scattering all over the field while opponents slice through untouched.
What are the questions that need answering for 2015? Here are five the preseason schedule will go a long way in answering…
The 10 Most Frustrating Seasons in Chicago Bears History
The Chicago Bears organization, and their fans, believed the team’s offense was on track after finishing the 2013 season No. 2 in points scored the team spent the spring and summer concentrating on improving one of the NFL’s worst defenses.
After signing defensive linemen Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen and drafting cornerback Kyle Fuller with the No. 20 pick in the first round fans looked forward to 2014 as the season the team would have enough talent to make a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Now that the Bears have limped across the finish line with a 5-11 record the only thing fans have to look forward to is what direction this team takes in the future. Here are 10 other seasons that left fans asking the same painful question…
Chicago Bears: Player Most Likely To Break Out In 2014
In his first season as head coach of the Chicago Bears Marc Trestman benefitted by the breakout performances of rookie right guard Kyle Long and second year receiver Alshon Jeffery. Those two were major contributors in a Bears offense that ranked No. 2 in the NFL in points scored. The 445 points that team scored were also the second highest total in franchise history.
Key for a new or relatively unknown player to break out and claim his share of attention is opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. For the Bears in 2014 the main opportunities exist on defense and as a kick/punt returner. First, here are a few players who at least have the opportunity, whether they take advantage or not…