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The Bears are growling in 2013
NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-The Bears have been hibernating for way too long.
Now, it’s time for the sleeping bear to wake up.
With the termination of coach Lovie Smith, despite posting a 10-6 record, the retirement of legendary 13-year linebacker Brian Urlacher, the firing of offensive coordinator Mike Trice and the lost of defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to Dallas, the Bears are ready to re-surface and return to their old Super Bowl ways and hoist the Lombardi Trophy once again.
Second-year G.M. Phil Emery is determined to accomplish this with his hire of Marc Trestman, formerly of the Montreal Alouettes, who brings with him his West coast offense to improve the Bears Jay Cutler cuddling offense.
Along with this addition, Emery beefed up the Bears banged up Bears O-line in order to protect sacked proned Cutler by signing free agents Jermon Bushrod and left guard Matt Slauson as well as drafting Oregon’s Kirk Long with their 20th pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
An improved O-line will not only allow Cutler more time in the pocket to throw to wide-receiver Brandon Marshall, but it will also provide running lanes for Bears’ RBs Matt Forte and Michael Bush, especially during the cold winter months in November and December, when the football feels like a cold Turkey.
Defensively, the Bears still play smash-mouthed football, even without Urlacher in the middle.
Besides, with Lance Briggs, who had 103 tackles last year, replacing him and Julius Peppers providing the bum rush from the end along with cornerback Charles Tillman locking down wide receivers, the Bears should make another push for the playoffs despite Aaron Rodgers’ high-flying offense in Green Bay, Aaron Patterson’s ground attack in Minnesota and the nastiness of the Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh’s led defense.
Currently, the Bears are in second place at (3-1) in the NFC Northern Divison and will face the (4-0) New Orleans Saints, this Sunday, at Soldier Field, in Chicago, on Fox at 1:00 PM (ET).
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org