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Who are ‘Da Bears’ This Season?

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Apart from all the changes, the Bengals will face some known quantities. The Bears offense still features wide receiver Brandon Marshall with 45 touchdowns in seven seasons. On the other side, they’ll start second year Gamecock, Alshon Jeffery who caught just three touchdowns last season. Running back Matt Forte is averaging over 1000 yards per season through his five with the Bears since coming out of Tulane as a second round draft pick.

Aug 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) runs with the ball as San Diego Chargers defensive back William Middleton (29) pursues him during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The left side of the offensive line, including center Roberto Garza starting his 14th NFL season, offers a quarter century of experience. On the right side, the Bears will rely on two rookies, first round draft pick Kyle Long from Oregon and fifth round pick, Jordan Mills from Louisiana Tech.

On defense, while the impact of Urlacher’s departure can’t be positive, the Bears will still bring eight-time Pro Bowler Julius Peppers at right end and cornerback Tim Jennings coming off his first pro bowl season when he led the NFL with nine interceptions.

At quarterback, Jay Cutler is starting his eighth year, the last three with the Bears where he has a record just above .500 and a single playoff win in 2010. In addition to the new coach, his new staff and the new offense, Tealander states “the pressure will be on Cutler, with his new line, new tight end and young receivers.”