The Chicago Bears are entering the 2015 season with a brand new head coach, and two brand new coordinators, and lots of brand new players.
Adam Gase debuted his new offense at Soldier Field Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins, and Vic Fangio his new 3-4 defense.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Bears played their starters (minus a healthy Matt Forte) for two series. They didn't make a huge splash, but also didn't turn the ball over. Small victory, but that's important from a tone perspective. They did have four penalties in their first two possessions, but nothing that can't be cleaned up.
We know the offensive line should be solid, and a slew of running backs will provide critical depth behind Forte. Once rookie Kevin White gets healthy, Jay Cutler will have another great WR combo in White and Alshon Jeffery.
On the defensive side of the ball, we saw a lot of guys getting reps at outside linebacker. There will be a very solid rotation at that position this year. Defensive back remains a concern, but don't forget there's still time to make roster adjustments.
Turnovers were key, and the Bears did a great job of forcing them in Dolphins territory. Lots of points were scored after those changes of possession, which also sets a good tone for the culture under new head coach John Fox.
The preseason is about individual players' performances, not necessarily scrutinization of the unit as a whole. At least not yet. And after the first game of the season, with a big win in front of the home crows, the Bears have plenty to look forward to.
Next week: The Bears will close out Training Camp in a couple of days, and will head to Indianapolis to practice with the Colts for a couple of days before they face off in preseason game #2.
After one preseason game, what do you think? What stood out to you?