- Bill Swerski
The Chicago Bears
Wow, can you believe this is a team that was in the Super Bowl two years ago? They were 7-9 last year and got nothing but worse in the off season. Yes, the defence can still be dominant - but let's take a quick look at the offence shall we?
The quarterback job is going to come down to a decision between Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman - which is sort of like deciding between the horse manure on toasted focaccia or the chef's salad with kitty litter and battery acid. The Bears would probably be over the moon if people were describing either one of these guys as a 'game manager' at the end of the season - and not 'spectacular failures'. This does not bode well.
Then there are the running backs. Starter Cedric Benson, who the Bears dumped Thomas Jones to keep, runs like a walrus on land - only without the game breaking speed and durability. The Bears also have an Adrian Peterson, but unfortunately for them it's not that Adrian Pederson.
But what about wide receivers you ask? Well I'm glad you did. Did you know Chicago's starting wide receivers were Brandon Lloyd and Marty Booker? If you were playing NFL 2K4, that might not be so bad but this is 2008 and these guys stink. Sure they want Devin Hester to play some wide receiver - but he's a guy who needs the other receivers to show him where to stand on the field. Colour me skeptical.
On defence the Bears should still be fine - if they can avoid injuries, something they have not done lately. It should only be 3 or 4 weeks until Mike Brown's latest season-ending injury.
Like the man said, this is going to get worse before it gets better. The Bears have the defence to compete for the playoffs, but almost no offensive talent to speak of at all. And the defence is probably going to wear down pretty quick when they're on the field 56 of 60 minutes a game.