Are the Bears Closer to Closing the Talent Gap?

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The biggest buzzword for the firing of Jerry Angelo was "Talent gap." Phil Emery was hired with the thought of closing that gap. Are we there yet?

The biggest reason cited for off-loading former General Manager Jerry Angelo last offseason was a failure to close the talent gap between the Bears and the Green Bay Packers. Since then, the Bears have added a new GM (Phil Emery), their second coaching staff (Marc Trestman et al), acquired Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, attempted to rebuild the offensive line, nearly replaced an entire linebacking unit... You get the point. Per John "Moon" Mullin's estimation, the Bears may have as many as ten new starters between 2012 and 2013.

But Ted Phillips isn't ready to declare victory.

"We're going to find out," Phillips said...

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‘You know I don't do that," Phillips said, laughing. "[But] I'm happy with how things are in the offseason. I like the coaching staff, everything's going in the right direction and I can't wait for the season to get started."

I'd say that's about as much as you're going to get from anybody. It's the offseason, everything's happy happy fun times until the games start being played and people start screaming "How come we didn't draft/sign/trade for Player X," "Why did this offense call for that play at that time," et cetera.

I'm in the Phillips boat here - of course it's too soon to tell - but on paper, the Bears' offense is getting closer.

Do you think the Bears are getting closer to closing the talent gap? Has that gap closed already?

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