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

Bears O Line

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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2012 Fantasy Football Preview: WR

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Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings: WR/TE

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Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings: WR/TE

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Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings: WR/TE

The fantasy football playoffs are closing in and a number of top guys continue to show up on the injury reports. A lot of fantasy owners will make moves the next few weeks that will decide their championships. Are you ready? My NFL Week 11 rankings include injury replacement tips and some guys who should be on your team the rest of the way.

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Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings: WR/TE

Thursday games return to the NFL schedule and for another year they once again annoy fantasy owners. The shortened week requires increased diligence in keeping up with injury reports and lineup changes. With the fantasy playoffs right around the corner, this is no time to start slacking. Do the extra work and reap the rewards.

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Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: WR/TE

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New England Patriots vs. New York Giants: Brutally Honest Game Preview

Here we go- two 5-2 NFL clubs with eyes on winning their respective East divisions. And of course New England Patriots vs. New York Giants is a rematch of Super Bowl XL. Most people remember that game from the moment above, when an obscure loser named David Tyree- who never again caught a NFL pass, was the unlikeliest of heroes.

I don’t blame James Sanders and Rodney Harrison. I blame that vaunted offense for putting up a whopping 14 points. I blame the OL for refusing to show up in the game that mattered most and ruin a perfect season. But let’s just stop talking about it. [Read more…]

Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: WR/TE

By just glancing at the list of bye teams below, you can already begin to feel the pain of a number of fantasy owners. Elite quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends are all sitting this week out, and a once lush waiver wire is now as lean as Kyle Orton’s chances of starting again in Denver. But this week is not as bleak as it appears on first glance. Here are my rankings and some sneaky plays for week 8.

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