That means we only have a little over 7 weeks to go.
Really sweet, because now that the Women’s World Cup is over, it really is drought season.
Therefore, for the next four weeks, I will preview the NFC North division for the 2015-2016 season. I will save my favorite for last, of course, the Green Bay Packers.
Let us start with the team we all love to make fun of in the NFC North – the Chicago Bears.
The problem is, they make it too easy on us.
In my preview last year, I said the best off-season signing for the Green Bay Packers was that the Bears signed Cutler to a huge deal.
That is still the best thing to happen to us now.
It’s hard for the Chicago Bears to really make a lot of moves when there is still so much money tied up with Mr. Debbie Downer, a.k.a., Mr. Sad Face, a.k.a., Mr. Emo.
And moves they need to make. I must admit, I was even astonished when I looked up their record from last season. Gulp. Really? 5 wins? 5 measly wins? Yikes.
Back in the day, when Cutler first came to Chicago, he pushed to get Brandon Marshall to the glorious state of Illinois. However, those days have ended. Mr. Marshall is now a Gang-Green, which, by the way, as a nurse, just makes me think gangrene, which pretty much sums up the Jets as a horrible, stinking, rotting flesh of a team. Pretty accurate, huh.
Any who, word out of the internets state that Marshall said the best quarterback he has played for is Kyle Orton. Gosh, dang. Poor Cutler, even his go-to-guy didn’t set him in any good light.
So, who do the Chicago Bears have going into the 2015-2016 NFL season? Here is their depth chart.
Hmm. That doesn’t tell me much.
Some positives to take away. They still have Forte and Jeffery. Green Bay is undoubtedly the team to beat in 2015, at least for now. I’d be very, very weary of those Vikings if I were you, but that is a story for another time.
What I’m saying is, the run is our weak spot. Perhaps if they can get some good run blocking this season, they will have a shot to split the meetings with us.
A super huge positive is the coaching change up.
I liked Trestman. I’m not gonna lie. However, liking someone and seeing results is another story. Winning 5 games is a way to get yourself fired. However, bringing in a new coaching staff for Cutler also doesn’t seem like something Cutler is too willing to work with.
Interesting, Trestman is the new Offensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. He is replacing Gary Kubiak as the Offensive Coordinator who is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos (who was once the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos from 1995-2005 leading them to 2 Super Bowl wins, one against Brett Favre and the GBP) … replacing John Fox because …
John Fox is the new head coach of the Chicago Bears!
I gotta say Denver … what?!?!?!?
Fine, Denver wants to get rid of John Fox, but you always gotta ask yourself, who are you going to get better than who you already have?
Gary Kubiak is not it.
Here is Kubiak’s head coaching record. This is simply the fact that John Elway worked under him during those 2 Super Bowl wins. Otherwise, there is no reason for this.
Anyway, I digress. Back to Chicago and John Fox.
John Fox was essentially brought on in Denver when the team was in the same boat at the Bears are now. After multiple lack-lusters seasons, the last straw was the 2010 season for Denver (4 wins). They had a record even worse than what Chicago has now (5 wins).
Perfect timing for Mr. Fox.
The following season, 2011, broke even for Denver, and after that had winning records. Unfortunately, the post-season outcomes were not up to Elway’s demands. A humiliating loss in the Super Bowl against Seattle 2 years ago and last year being forced out of the race by the Colts was too much.
Now, onto Chicago.
Fox is bringing with him offensive coordinator Gase. Apparently, Peyton Manning loved him. That’s high praise from someone who can basically call all the plays on the offense and play QB at the same time. Gase spent 6 seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.
Fox also brought on board defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
Not sure if this is John Fox’s doing, probably not, but I’ll just throw it in here as well … Ryan Pace will be the new general manager of the Bears.
Ultimately, this is a huge shakeup for the Bears. Much like in Denver, I at least see all of these changes bring the bears up to an 8-8 record.
That will be dependent on the schedule …
Possible wins are as follows:
Jeez-Louise. I take it back. I see them going with 5 or 6 wins. I just don’t think they have the weapons.
That’s my recap for the NFC North Chicago Bears.
See you all next week!