The long NFL off-season is filled with many milestones leading to team improvement (we hope). Coaching changes, free agency, draft, OTA's, etc. all progress towards training camp and eventually the opening of the 2010 season. Back in March, we looked at what YOU thought about the Bears' coaching: LINK. A lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same. What do you think now? (See below for analysis of the previous poll pictured above.)
When we look back at what the WCG community thought back in March, it certainly looks like the Bears have addressed the top 3 biggest concerns.
Receiving 41% of the vote was the Bears' coaches' incompetent development & cultivating of young talent. Mike Martz is no stranger to young talent on offense. He took young receivers named Holt and Az-Hakim and made them household names. Although not young in age, Kurt Warner was definitely young in experience back in 1999. He ended up winning the NFL MVP a few times. In addition to Martz, the Bears also brought in Mike Tice to coach up the offensive line. He has taken a liking to Johan Asiata, Lance Louis, and J'Marcus Webb: all young players. Developing young talent is not a concern for me anymore, at least not on the offensive side of the ball. Once the pads go on, will D.A., Knox, Hester, & Bennett all continue to "get it"? Will someone step up and grab the left guard spot? With Martz & Tice in the fold, I think the answer is yes.
The defense is a different story. Zack Bowman seems to be 1 young player who has developed nicely. We'll see how the other youngsters Major Wright, Jarron Gilbert, Henry Melton, D.J. Moore, Josh Moore, and Corey Wootton all look come preseason.
With 19% of the vote, your next biggest concern about the Bears' coaches was the Cover-2. Julius Peppers and Chris Harris were both brought here to address the weaknesses on defense...especially the cover-2. This defense relies on pressure from the front four. Julius Peppers, when motivated, is a beast. After the 3-technique & middle linebacker (some guy named Urlacher is back), safety is arguably the next most important position in the defense. Chris Harris is a solid player. He also excels at forcing fumbles, something Lovie & gang preach.
With 11% of the vote, your next biggest concern about the Bears' coaches was the play calling on offense. You might think Martz will pass too much (not always true - LINK), but I do not think creativity will be a problem. I do not think we'll be groaning too much about yet another 1 yard plunge up middle.
The Bears' Secondary Musical Chairs came in 4th place with 9% of the vote. Well, what can I say? Nothing has changed here. Is Chris Harris going to start at free safety or strong safety? Will Danieal Manning start at strong? Will Major Wright be the starter at free? Steltz? Really!!??? Zack Bowman and Charles Tillman have flipped sides just to add to the chaos.
What worries you most now about the coaches going into the preseason?