Chicago Bears offensive skill positions: Final stats for 2013

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

A look at how the Bears' final offensive skill positions' numbers compare to projections coming out of the bye week, and after 12 games.

During the season we looked at how the offensive skill position players' individual stats for the season were projecting at the bye week, after 7 games, and again after 12 games.  Now that the regular season is over, it's an opportunity to see if things kept up over the last four games.

QB: Jay Cutler

Below the final stats for the season you'll see two more sets of stats for What Could Have Been.  The first set is scaled up from the 11 games started credited on NFL.com, and the second ("no injuries") statline is scaled up from his having essentially played 10 games (counting Washington and Detroit #2 as one game) - think of the latter as a "best case" projection.


Att
Comp Pct Yds Avg Yds/G (/16G)
TD (%) Int (%) Sck Lng
QB rating Rush att Yds Avg TD Fum
2013 355 224 63.1 2,621 7.4 238.3 19 (5.4) 12 (3.4)
19 67 89.2 23 118 5.1
0 5
WCHB (raw)
516
326
63.2
3,812
7.4 238.3 28 (5.4) 17 (3.3)
28
67 89.9
33 172 5.2
0 7
Projected
(raw, week 12)
353
223
63.2
2,544 7.2
159.0 17 (4.8) 11 (3.1) 15

87.8 24
123
5.1

5
Projected
(raw, bye week)
514
334
65.0
3,790 7.4
236.9 27 (5.3) 16 (3.1) 23

91.5
41
210
5.1

9
WCHB (no injuries)
568
358
63.0
4,194
7.4 262.1 30 (5.3) 19 (3.3)
30
67 89.0
37 189 5.1
0 8
Projected
(no injuries, week 12)
606
382
63.0 4,361
7.2
272.6
30 (5.0)
18 (3.0) 25

88.7 41
210
5.1

9
Projected
(games 1-6)
579
381
65.8
4,347
7.5
271.7
32 (5.5)
16 (2.8) 24

95.1
48
245
5.1

11
2012 434 255 58.0 3,033 7.0 202.2 (189.6) 13 (4.1) 14 (3.2) 38 60T 81.3 41 233 5.7 1
Career avg 469.2
285.8
60.9
3,385.8
7.2
230.9 (211.6)
21.2 (4.5)
15.8 (3.4)
31
93T 83.8
41.7
183
4.4
1
3.3
Broncos avg 541.5
340.5
62.9
4,011.5
7.4
250.7
22.5 (4.2)
16 (3.0)
19
93T
86.9
50.5
202.5
4.0
1.5
5.5
Bears avg 433.75
258.5
59.6
3,073
7.1
219.5 (192.1)
20.5 (4.7)
15.75 (3.6)
37
89T 81.9
37.3
173.25 4.7
0.75
2.25

Although an incomplete campaign due to having missed approximately a third of the season due to injuries, when he's been able to play Cutler has had arguably his best season as a Bear.  Phil Emery and Marc Trestman have both expressed a desire to keep him here, and he himself has stated explicitly that he would like to return; we're likely to find out in the coming weeks - if not days - how that pans out.

RB: Matt Forte

Rush att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2013 289 1,339 4.6 55 9 74 594 8.0 34 3 2 2
Projected (week 12)
285 1,295 4.5 9 77 593 7.7 1 3 3
Projected (bye week)
265 1,218 4.6 14 80 599 7.5 0 2 2
2012 248 1,094 4.4 46 5 44 340 7.7 47 1 2 1
Career avg 252.4 1,065.4 4.2 68T 5.2 53.4 465 8.7 89T 1.8 2.8 2

Forte has been slightly more productive down the final stretch of games, even though one of them was the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in which an early deficit led to the Bears abandoning the run game.  He's had a career year and has proven to be an ideal fit for the Trestfense/TCO.

RB: Michael Bush

Rush att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2013 63 197 3.1 40T 3 4 48 12.0 17T 1
Projected (week 12) 57 112 2.0 3 4 41 10.3
Projected (bye week) 55 101 1.8 2 2 14 7.0
2012 114 411 3.6 20 5 9 83 9.2 18 1 1
Career avg 158 660.5 4.2 67T 5.25 22.8 219.8 9.7 55 0.25 1 1

Bush has seen more action in recent weeks, including a season-high nine touches against the Dallas Cowboys and a season-long 40-yard run against the Cleveland Browns.  For all that, though, the Bears are paying him a lot of money for very little usage.  Something's gotta give.

WR: Brandon Marshall

Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Rush att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2013 100 1,295 13.0 44 12
Projected (week 12) 104 1,320 12.7 12
Projected (bye week) 105 1,234 11.8 11
2012 118 1,508 12.8 56 11 1 -2 -2.0 -2 2
Career avg 99 1,241 12.6 75T 7.2 3 17.7 5.9 2.0 0 2 1

Machine Marshall just keeps going, and will represent one half of the NFL's most productive WR duo in the Pro Bowl.  Speaking of which...

WR: Alshon Jeffery


Rec
Yds
Avg
Lng
TD
Rush att
Yds
Avg
Lng TD Fum Lost
2013 89
1,421
16.0
80T
7
16
105
6.6
38
0
3
1
Projected (week 12) 93
1,479 15.9

7
19 153 8.1


3

Projected (bye week)
75
1,282 17.1

5
14 201 14.4


2

2012
24
367
15.3
55
3





1

Jeffery, like Marshall, was slightly less productive over the final four games, but both were already having monster seasons.  Fingers crossed, these two will continue to be matchup nightmares for opponents for a few seasons to come.  The good news is that they plan to train together again this offseason.

Also, the Alshon Jeffery end-around became less effective during the course of the season.  It still gives teams something to worry about and spend time preparing for.

WR: Earl Bennett

Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Rush att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2013 32 243 7.6 17T 4
Projected (week 12) 32 253 7.9 3
Projected (bye week) 25 238 9.5 5
2012 29 375 12.9 60T 2
Career avg 38 508.5 13.3 71 2 0.5 4.5 5 1 0.25

Earl missed the final game attending to a family matter, otherwise he might have added to his 32 receptions on the season.  He's been fifth on the totem pole all year and is likely fighting for a roster spot next season.

TE: Martellus Bennett

Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Rush att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2013 65 759 11.7 43 5
Projected (week 12) 65 727 11.2 7
Projected (bye week) 73 814 11.1 9
2012 (NYG)
55 626 11.4 33T 5
Davis, Spaeth 2012 25 257 10.3 25 3 1 1
Career avg 28 294.4 10.5 37 1.8 0.2 0

Martellus Bennett seemed to have been kept in to block more late in the season, which obviously affected his receiving numbers, but still finished with career highs in receptions and yardage.  He contributed 40 receptions, 502 yards and 2 touchdowns (an Earl Bennett career average prior to this season's worth) more than Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth did last season, combined.

Let us know in the comments if anything interesting jumps out at you.  What do you expect from year 2 of the TCO/Trestfense?

(Article pic in hi-res.)

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