3. How do you think the Bears will attack the Bengals on offense and defense, and where do you think the Bears have the biggest mismatches that will give the Bengals fits?
The Bears are still going to be the same defense that they were last season with a few new faces. The Bengals are going to have to be very careful with the ball because that defense was a takeaway machine last year. Cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings are both returning after stellar Pro Bowl performances last year. Andy Dalton is going to have to pay attention to where those two are at all times, and when he is looking down the field, don’t forget about Julius Peppers and Henry Melton on the defensive line. Ball security is going to be the number one priority for the Bengals offense.
As for the Bears Offense, all I can tell you is that if the offensive line issues get fixed and Jay Cutler has time to throw the ball, this will be one offense that will be hard to stop. Jay Cutler can throw from in the pocket and on the move.He has two big wide receiver targets in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
He has a pass catching Tight End in Martellus Bennett and then there is the ever versatile Matt Forte who can do it all. The Bears have a lot of weapons on the offensive side of the ball for the Bengals defense to worry about.
The key will be getting pressure on Jay Cutler so that he makes errant throws. He seems to be good at throwing the ball away to the other team when he is under pressure or tries to force throws
3. Describe Marc Trestman and his offensive philosophy. How did the Bears run their offense in 2012, and how different will it look under him?
Marc Trestman’s offense should look a lot like what Jim Harbaugh is running in San Francisco. In a recent interview with ESPN Radio, Jim Harbaugh said,
We use (Marc Trestman’s) system still of calling plays and the way he taught us those concepts and techniques. I’ve used (those) since I coached with the Raiders, the University of San Diego, Stanford and the 49ers.
According to Stats from NFL.com, in 2012 the Chicago Bears ranked 28th in total offense, 29th in passing offense and 10th in rushing offense. Don’t be fooled by the 10th in rushing offense because if you watched the games, the Bears didn’t run the ball as effectively or efficiently as the numbers tell you. The difference between last year and this year will hopefully be that this year will be more fun to watch. It was so boring last year for the most part.