Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports has made his picks for the most influential figure for every franchise in the NFL. He based his selections on how an individual's decisions and/or performance would affect the franchise. This is a very subjective list, but I'm not sure I agree with his pick for the Chicago Bears, offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
Next month I'll kick off my 7th annual Top 10 Most Important Chicago Bears series right here on Windy City Gridiron, and while I think Gase will make the cut, I don't think the 2015 season hinges on him.
Here's what La Canfora had to say about Gase.
Things didn't go as expected in terms of the head coaching possibilities, and few would have guessed back in last September that Gase would be neither a head coach nor still the Broncos offensive coordinator. Now he's united with another former Bronco, quarterback Jay Cutler, and if he can harness Cutler's ability and rid him of his mistake-prone nature (it may be far too late for anyone to accomplish that feat) then Gase might find himself poised for outside interest come January.
Gase has Mike Martz, who did good work with Cutler, as a mentor and he has the kind of personality and self-belief that should resonate with Cutler, who has been a prickly figure and gone through a number of coaches.
In looking back on the 2014 train wreck of a season for the Bears, I'd say the defense was more problematic than the offense. The stink of Mel Tucker festered for two full seasons in Chicago, ranking 30th in yards allowed both years. The offense as recently as 2013 was good, but the 2014 fall to 21st overall in yards does need to get rectified.
There were a lot of trust issues last season within the offense and, when factoring in the turnovers and consistent poor field position, it's no wonder the offense slipped.
With John Fox at the helm and Adam Gase calling the O, the Bears should be able to improve on last year's numbers. Gase is a very important piece of the puzzle, but I just don't see him as the key component to the franchise in 2015.
What are your thoughts?
Do you agree with La Canfora?