What’s the 2nd biggest problem the Chicago Bears have?

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It’s no secret at this point. The most glaring need that the Chicago Bears need to address this offseason is their offensive line.

You can copy and paste the 2 sentences above into a description of the Bears heading into last offseason. And in 2010… And in 2009…

You get my point.

Unfortunately for Jay Cutler, he had to get dragged to the turf 148 times over the past 4 seasons for anybody with the appropriate power to notice.

I have full confidence in GM Phil Emery that he will shore up the offensive line in some fashion in the coming months. It may be through the draft, it may be through free agency. Hell, it may be through both seeing how many holes there are to plug up front.

But if there’s one thing Emery has shown to the fans since he’s been here, it’s that if there is a need, it will be addressed promptly and properly.

Wide receiver problems? Let’s steal Brandon Marshall from the Dolphins. Need an offensive minded head coach? Let’s bring in upwards of a dozen guys, mostly noted offensive geniuses, and have a replacement picked within 3 weeks of the season ending. Welcome to Chicago, Marc Trestman.

The man gets the job done, especially when it comes to fixing a top priority.

With news breaking early Wednesday morning that the Bears have chosen Trestman, expect other coaching voids to be filled in a domino effect. We’ve already seen former Cowboys Special Teams Coordinator named to the same position for the Bears, who recently lost Dave Toub to the Kansas City Chiefs. Early indications have Rod Marinelli remaining as the Defensive Coordinator, and Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer has been tabbed as the Offensive Coordinator.

When the dust settles, expect Emery to work very closely with Trestman and his staff to start constructing a plan to enhance the offensive line.

But hidden beneath the obvious needs, what other areas on the roster does the front office need to improve this offseason?

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Vikings Defecting to Seattle Seahawks: Sidney Rice, Darrell Bevell, Tarvaris Jackson

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After a trio of moves, the Seattle Seahawks should now be referred to as Minnesota-northwest.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter — the NFL’s busiest man — reports that the Seahawks and free agent receiver Sidney Rice have agreed to terms on five-year contract that’s worth up to $44 million dollars, including $18.5 million in guarantees.

The deal is contingent on Rice passing a physical, which is no slam dunk considering the former Vikings WR missed most of last season after undergoing hip surgery.

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Vikings Funeral? Minnesota’s 2010 Season Officially Lost at Sea

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The Minnesota Vikings have come to a breaking point in their season. They were pummeled by their rival Green Bay Packers on Sunday. And Brett Favre wasn’t even listening to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after his interception. It is well known that Favre and Brad Childress don’t see eye to eye despite the fact that the latter is the on-again off-again chauffeur. If Favre isn’t accepting coaching from the rest of the staff at this juncture, then it is time for one or the other to change.

ByPatrick Herbert

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Points of Vikings Emphasis for Brad Childress During Bye Week

The Minnesota Vikings have finally lived up to 2010 expectations and won their first intra-division game against the Detroit Lions. This is certainly a weight lifted off the shoulders of all associated with the organization, especially Brett Favre and Head Coach Brad Childress. All’s well that ends well, but they are still in the infancy of their sixteen game regular season schedule and there are certainly still areas of concern surrounding the squad.

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has to find ways to cut down on Favre’s interceptions. The latter has always had the label of a gunslinger who can make a gigantic play in crunch time…with the downside that you get a negative outcome half the time. The common denominator with the winless high profile teams coming into this week is that neither Childress nor Wade Phillips is perceived as a mastermind with a headset.

There is only one Bill Belichick in the NFL, so the staff should open the possibilities to things that worked for Favre in Green Bay and various ways to set him up for success through safe plays to Visanthe Shiancoe. The leg injury that he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions is not considered serious.

By Patrick Herbert

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