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Chicago Bears

John Fox  in as HC is good news for the Bears. Fox will turn around this ailing defence and back to the fearsome unit it has been. Adam Gase in as offensive co-ordinator. The Bears are getting root and branch overhaul and Gase was in Denver with Fox. Vic Fangio is the new DC and to execute Fox’s plan. Things are looking good off the field for the Bears.


Players out

  • DJ Williams  lost to free agency, hasn’t been picked up elsewhere
  • Lance Briggs went in free agency and is still available
  • Charles Tillman is gone to the Panthers
  • Roberto Garza was released in April and given the Bears line play, it’s unsurprising, he’s still free.
  • Stephen Paea is gone to the Redskins
  • Darryl Sharpton now a Cardinal
  • Brandon Marshall at the Jets

Players In

  • Sam Acho, outside LB from the Cardinals…meh.
  • Antrel Rolle, Safety, didn’t have the best year of his career in New York last year, but who did?
  • Pernell McPhee, pass rusher from Baltimore.
  • Bear Pascoe, another iffy year at the Giants but things are rotten in New York and that’s not all down to the players
  • Will Montgomery, an upgrade on Garza and experience with this coaching staff….and Cheap too!
  • Mason Foster will add depths, not a starter, hopefully.
  • Eddie Royal a nice pick up from San Diego. Losing Marshall they need to replace that production.
  • Alan Ball injured most of last season but Darrelle Revis this is not

Draft

  • Kevin White, WR….please be better than Marshall…the official text of the phone conversation on Draft night.
  • Eddie Goldman  a big, fast moving, high motor DT. Will make a difference in Run Defence right away, may take time to refine the pass rush.
  • Hroniss Grasu snapping to Mariota and anchoring the Ducks zone run game. A bit tall and a bit light make leveraging those big Nose tackles tough for him but Montgomery likely to start and he’ll get time.

Overall

The Bears offseason story is all about the Coaching Staff additions, minor personnel moves shed some dead weight (Garza) and add some useful talent (White). John Fox was tremendously successful at the Broncos and likely was fired in advance of the rebuild that is soon to follow after Peyton Manning retires. The new OC and DC were tipped as head coach candidates elsewhere so this is a strong group off the field there is only one but…..Jay Cutler!

 

Published by Steve McDonnell

Steve is the Editor of NFL-Ireland. A Green Bay Packers fan and a IAFL Coach and Player.