The Quest for the Lombardi – Chicago Bears


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2011 Record: 8-8, 3-3 NFC North (3rd)


Passing Offense – 188.2 (26th)

QB Jay Cutler: 2,319; 13 / 7

WR Johnny Knox: 37 – 727 / 2 TDs

WR Roy Williams: 37 – 507 / 2 TDs


Passing Defense – 254.1 (28th)

FS D.J.Moore: 4 INTs

DE Julius Peppers: 10.5 Sacks


Rushing Offense – 125.9 (9th)

HB Matt Forte: 203 – 997 / 3 TDs

HB Marion Barber: 114 – 422 / 6TDs


Rushing Defense – 96.4 (5th)

OLB Lance Briggs: 105 Tackles

MLB Brian Urlacher: 102 Tackles


Notable Arrivals:

RB Matt Forte (Franchised Tagged, Tendered at $7.742 million)

RB Kahlil Bell (Tendered at $1.26M with no compensation)

TE Kellen Davis (Re-signed – 2 yr / 6$ million)

DE Israel Idonije (Re-signed – Terms Unknown)

CB TimJennings(Re-signed – 2 yr / Terms Unknown)

QB Josh McCown (Re-signed – 1 yr / 850,000$)

S Craig Steltz (Re-signed – 2 yr / 1.64$ million)

RB Michael Bush (Raiders, Signed – 4 yr / 14$ million)

QB Jason Campbell (Raiders, Signed – 1 yr / 3.5$ million)

LB Blake Costanzo (49ers, Signed – 2 yr / 2$ million)

WR Brandon Marshall (Traded from Dolphins for 2x 3rd Rd Picks (2012, 2013)

WR Devin Thomas (Giants, Signed – 1 yr / Terms Unknown)

WR Eric Weems (Falcons, Signed – 3 yr / 4.2$ million)


Notable Departures:

NT Anthony Adams (Released)

RB Marion Barber (Retired)

CB Zack Bowman (Vikings, Signed – 1 yr / 615,000$)

CB Corey Graham (Ravens, Signed – 2 yr / 3.7$ million)

QB Caleb Hanie (Broncos, Signed – 1 yr / 1.25$ million)

S Brandon Meriweather (Redskins, Signed – 2 yr / 6$ million)

T/G Frank Omiyale (Released).


Draft Order:

  • 1st RdPick – 19th
  • 2nd RdPick – 18th
  • 3rd RdPick – 16th
  • 4th RdPick – 16th
  • 5th RdPick – 15th
  • 6th RdPick – 14th
  • 7th RdPick – 13th


Last Five First Round Picks:

  • 2007 Greg Olsen TE (31st Overall) – Provided a solid target for QBs when he was drafted, but took him until the Jay Cutler trade to finally build a chemistry with one, which vaulted him to 54 – 576 & 5 TDs in 2009. He never really caught on in Mike Martz’s offense in 2010-11, but did help the Bears to their 1st playoff in 2011 overSeattle with 3 catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. He was traded at the end of the 2011 season for a2012 3rd Rd Pick.
  • 2008 Chris Williams OT (14th Overall) – Has the build and strength to be an effective offense lineman, however with a mix of injuries, different offensive coordinators and position changes (RT to LT to LG) hasn’t really helped with his development. May be better suited at this point as a swing man on the offense line.
  • * 2009 NO FIRST RD PICK
  • * 2010 NO FIRST RD PICK
  • 2011 Gabe Carimi OT (29th Overall) – Before being drafted, he was compared to one of the better tackles in the game over the last 20 years in Jon Runyan and was considered to be an all-pro at either tackle position. His career started off with a speed bumb when the Saints bounty program came to town and took out Earl Bennett and himself as well as Cutler being stepped on his throat. He will have to prove that the injury is behind him.


* Traded Kyle Orton, 1st Rd Picks in 2009 (18th overall – DE Robert Ayers) and 2010 (11th overall – Later Traded to San Francisco for the 13th Overall which was then later trade to the Eagles who drafted DE Brandon Graham), 2010 4th Rd Pick (113th Overall which was also trade to New England who drafted TE Aaron Hernandez) to Broncos for 2010 1st Rd Pick (11th Overall – T Anthony Davis)), and a 2009 3rd Rd Pick (84th overall – Later Traded to Pittsburgh who drafted WR Mike Wallace) to the Denver Broncos for Jay Cutler and a 2009 5th Rd Pick (140th overall – WR Johnny Knox).




OL – With age starting to take its toll on a lot of older offensive lines, the Bears are included. With every position needing an upgraded with the exception of RT where2011 1st Rd Pick Gabe Carimi has fully recovered from a dislocated kneecap that sidelined him after two games. Improvement and stability is needed at LT, given the lack of pass protection provided by J’Marcus Webb last season, who is supposed to protect Jay Cutler’s blindside.

  • Possible Pick – CordyGlenn,Georgia – A big, powerful, versatile and experienced player against the nations best competition in the SEC. Glenn could be used as a Tackle or guard in Chicago’s offense.


DE/Pass Rusher – The Bears took a good step in re-signing DE Israel Idonije who is a solid run defender, but notched a pedestrian five sacks playing across from All-Pro DE Julius Peppers. The Bears have prided themselves in getting a pass-rush from its front line, but wasn’t constantly creating it last season.

  • Possible Pick – Whitney Mercilus, Illinois – Is a rare talent for the a defence that lacks playmakers and adding a pesky, hard working edge rusher might not get bigger, but has the motor to keep Tackles, Guards and Tight-ends guessing.


WR – With newly acquired WR Brandon Marshall, the Bears have their long-awaited No. 1 receiver paired with his old QB in Jay Cutler. But from last seasons squad there wasn’t much production, Johnny Knox being the most productive (37 – 727 / 2 TDs), is slowly rehabbing from a devastating hit late last season that necessitated back surgery. There is no timetable for his return.

  • Possible Pick – Mohamed Sanu,Rutgers – A reliable and versatile receiver capable of lining up inside and out, he could provide some consistency for a team lacking depth and star power behind superstar newly acquired WR Brandon Marshall.


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