After a very long three month hiatus from WCG or SBNation in general I have grown hungry to create an article, yet I have not found the time to even start one. Since the last time I wrote an article the Bears have brought along Martellus Bennett, Jermon Bushrod, D.J. Williams, and James Anderson. While the departure of Brian Urlacher definitely left a huge void in this Chicago Bears franchise many fans have already let it seep in and pass through and are acting like the departure of Urlacher is nothing big when actually it is huge. The past for Urlacher concerning his NFL career is historic and I consider myself lucky to have been able to witness his final years not only in the NFL but also in a Chicago Bears uniform. Concerning the Bears future, it looks relatively blank. The Bears top five players are Julius Peppers (33), Brandon Marshall (29), Lance Briggs (32), Charles Tillman (32), and Jay Cutler (29); so three of their top five players are on the wrong side of thirty. Now five out of my top twenty Bears players are under the age of twenty-five, at this rate the Bears will be mediocre at best in another five years if their future draft picks don't magically sprout the next Lance Briggs or Charles Tillman. Now granted; Henry Melton, Martellus Bennett, and Earl Bennett don't fall into that “under twenty-five” category because they all three are twenty-six but you get what I am trying to say. Phil Emery has to treat this franchises future like he would a freshly restored '69 Ford Mustang. The primary future would resemble something of the current 49ers team who hold fourteen draft picks in this year’s draft and still have eight Pro Bowlers still on their roster, not to mention their future Pro Bowl QB, Colin Kaepernick (25), and a great, young head coach in Jim Harbaugh. Even having half the team that the 49ers currently have in five years time would make Phil Emery the best GM in Bears history.
To breakdown where the Bears have struggled over the past few years would obviously be the OL and WR. Before Brandon Marshall and Jermon Bushrod had decided to take a stroll over to Chicago this offense was in serious trouble. It truly astonishes me that the Bears went 11-5 ('10), 8-8 ('11), 10-6 ('12) with such an atrocious offense. The WR corps did improve for the '12-'13 season but even then the Bears were ranked twenty-ninth in the league for passing. That is miserable considering that the Bears had three very capable Pro Bowlers (Marshall was an actual Pro Bowler) on their offense and three others with a strong possibility of becoming Pro Bowlers. Now this offseason brought along two other very capable Pro Bowlers who just so happen to play in positions the Bears, mostly Jay Cutler, have desperately needed for a very long time. How the Bears new HC, Marc Trestman, deals with that is up to him. Starting July this team will be in Trestman's hands to prove that he can turn not only Cutler into an elite QB but also this team into a Super Bowl winning team. The Bears have two years max with this current team; Peppers, Tillman, and Briggs are just about done and are approaching retirement rapidly. Whether the Bears capitalize on that or not will be up to the front office, staff, and the offense. They most definitely have the talent to make a very strong push into the playoffs, although the emergence of the 49ers and the Seahawks will honestly make it nearly impossible.
So not only will this upcoming season be an interesting one, but also the next few years, considering how much Phil Emery and Marc Trestman will have to pull something out of nowhere and ensure this team stays on the right track and continues to improve.
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