Ok, so I'm going to try to write this because I think it's the right thing to do but I've got to explain some things first. I believe that it is our right, and even our duty to be critical of the team we follow. We should expect the best team on the field and demand excellence from our coaching staff, our management, and ownership. The team is there for us. It exists for our entertainment and we, in turn, give up our money for the profit of the team. We have a right to be demanding. That said, I'm placing myself in someone else's shoes today and I'm going to do my best to lay off the sarcasm. This might be rough.
The Bears, as a franchise, are headed in the right direction. On defense we are a veteran team with a coaching staff that knows how to put its players in positions to be successful. We have also shown that we can get better on both sides of the ball through free agency and the draft. Cutler and Peppers may have been two of the best moves by any franchise in recent years. We have some young tackles that are developing on the d-line, a mix of youth and veteran leadership in our secondary and we recently added another low risk, high reward to our safety corps. We have the players in position to execute the defensive system that has been the bread and butter of this franchise for the last decade.
The potential in our receiving game for development continues to head in the right direction. Johnny Knox looks to break out as a fine young speed threat on the outside, Earl Bennett appears to be ready to step up and take the slot, Roy Williams provides a veteran presence, and Devin Hester gets better year in and out. Jay Cutler's third year with the team has a chance to be a real break out season and Matt Forte should be motivated to have a huge year as he angles for a contract extension. We have a good, solid core (yes core, as in center) of young players on our offensive line and at our skill positions. With a new young tackle, a solid veteran at center, and players who continue to develop and gel the line should be improved over last season.
Finally we have a coaching staff that is ready to take us to the next level. Lovie Smith has proven that he can put together and coach a team to the playoffs. We have multiple playoff appearances under Smith and even a Super Bowl berth. The staff is highly knowledgable and NFL savvy with no less than 3 coordinators/position coaches who once held head coaching positions. We also have the best special teams coach in the league. All the key coaches are now entering their second season together and should mesh as a staff. This season is poised to be a special one. And this team is headed in the right direction.