The Chicago Bears start training camp is less than three weeks. Starting today, and going on until the end of the preseason, we will take a look at different aspects of the team-the needs, the important players, the position battles, etc. Today we will look at the five most important players on offense.
The offense had a transformation last year. An offense that usually had trouble scoring and getting things done through the air suddenly became a high-powered points machine, gaining chunks of yards both through the ground and through the air.
The Bears finished second in the league in points scored. Only the record setting Denver Broncos scored more points. They finished fifth in passing yards, fourth in offensive line and eighth in total yards,
The offensive line ranking was important. The offense cannot run when the quarterback is on his back all the time, which was the case for most of Jay Cutler‘s tenure in Chicago up to then. The Bears remade the line, with center Roberto Garza being the only holdover from the previous year.
The wide receiver corps became the best in the business. It was not a one man show anymore. There were two Pro Bowl receivers on the team, wreaking havoc on opposing defenses.
The offense is looking to repeat (or surpass) last year’s efforts. In order to do so, these players must be at the top of their games.