Chicago Bears Preseason Wrap: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Chicago Bears Preseason Wrap: The Good, Bad & Ugly

The Bears finished the 2015 preseason with a 3-1 record but as always in training camp, past performance is not always a good indicator of future results. Due to draft failures of the past two general manager administrations, Jerry Angelo’s and Phil Emery’s, the Bears have been relying on the free agent market to fill holes. This has led to this team being one of the oldest in the NFL.

The Bears currently also lack talent and depth at key positions as John Fox heads into his first season as head coach but there are also some positives though to look forward to. Here’s a look at a few from both sides of the equation…

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Chicago Bears 2014: Player Most Likely To Break Out In 2014

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…

Chicago Bears: Ranking Their No. 1 Draft Picks Since 2000

Chicago Bears: Ranking Their No. 1 Draft Picks Since 2000

The Chicago Bears have mostly struggled with their first round picks which is a main reason why they’ve only appeared in the playoffs four times since 2000

Bears vs. Steelers Sunday Night Showdown: 3 Bold Predictions

Bears vs. Steelers Sunday Night Showdown: 3 Bold Predictions

The 2-0 Chicago Bears travel to Pittsburgh for a prime time Sunday Night Football match-up against the 0-2 Steelers. Nostr-Thomas steps out with his bold predictions.

Bears Survive Vikings Raid to Win 31-30: Five Things We Learned

Bears Survive Vikings Raid to Win 31-30: Five Things We Learned

Jay Cutler hit Martellus Bennett for a 16 yard touchdown pass, his last of three for the game, in the final seconds to give the Bears a 31-30 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

The Bears Fight Back to Beat the Bengals: 5 Things We Learned

The Bears Fight Back to Beat the Bengals: 5 Things We Learned

The Bears awarded Marc Trestman with his first win as an NFL head coach, 24-21 over the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Chicago Bears Preseason Recap: 5 Pleasant Surprises

Chicago Bears Preseason Recap: 5 Pleasant Surprises

With the Cincinnati Bengals next up in Week 1 of the NFL schedule, here are five positives the Chicago Bears can take away from the 2013 preseason.

Bears vs. Raiders Preseason Game: 5 Things We Learned

Bears vs. Raiders Preseason Game: 5 Things We Learned

In preseason game No. 3 the Chicago Bears dominated the first half then held off an Oakland Raiders rally for a 34-26 victory.

 

Chargers vs. Bears Preseason Game: 5 Things We Learned

Chargers vs. Bears Preseason Game: 5 Things We Learned

The Chicago Bears took an early 20-0 lead behind the first- and second-teams before hanging on to win 33-28 over the San Diego Chargers

 

2013 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears Pick-by-Pick Predictions

2013 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears Pick-by-Pick Predictions

To complete the job of building depth into the team, Phil Emery will need to address these areas in the upcoming Draft.