Bears Get Offseason Facelift; Draft Five Weeks Away


The Chicago Bears failed to get back to the playoffs in 2014, instead being swallowed up by turnovers and bad defense. Their poor play led to the demise of head coach Marc Trestman after just two seasons and even had fans calling for the head of quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler remains with the team though, as the team instead parted ways with wide receiver Brandon Marshall. To replace Trestman, the Bears brought in seasoned head coach John Fox to right the ship.

Marshall could be seen as a big loss, but Cutler often had tunnel vision with him. Marshall’s departure opens the door for Marquess Wilson to breakout in 2015. This should allow Chicago’s offense to be more balanced and less predictable. To aid their cause, Chicago’s front office brought in Eddie Royal to takeover the slot, while also making some moves to bolster their defense, which is expected to shift to a 3-4 base alignment under Fox. Safety Antrel Rolle comes in to shore up a position that has suffered for years, while linebacker Mason Foster, pass rusher Pernell McPhee and defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins provide solid talent to a defense very much in transition.

While the Bears have some questions to answer, they still have the 2015 NFL Draft and an entire summer to work things out. Fans can still expect a competitive football team, which should keep Bears tickets at a stable price compared to the last few seasons. If not for the tradition and history behind the team or the talent taking the field, Chicago fans will at least be visiting Soldier Field based on the schedule on hand.

The 2015 NFL schedules aren’t official with actual dates, but we know that the Bears will play host to the Cardinals, 49ers, Redskins, Broncos and Raiders. Oakland and Washington figure to be easy wins for the superior Bears, while Cutler and co. could have their work cut out for them against tough defenses in Arizona and San Francisco. The Bears home game to watch could be a showdown against Peyton Manning, where both John Fox and Cutler will go to war with their former team in the Broncos.

Chicago’s road schedule is just as tantalizing, as they head to St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Kansas City and San Diego in 2015. Taking on the Chargers on the road will prove to be a difficult road trip, while beating the Seahawks and the 12th Man in Seattle could be next to impossible. Fans will want Bears tickets for their trips to St. Louis and Tampa Bay, though, where the Bears will have a chance to pick up road wins.

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It’s been an up and down few years for the Bears, considering we recently saw Cutler lead them to an NFC title game appearance. While Cutler hasn’t been good lately, a lot of their failures fall on a bad defense and poor structure, and Fox was brought in to fix both. If Cutler can finally play up to his contract, Bears fans might be looking at a fun 2015.

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