3. How different has the Bears offense looked this preseason, and how do you seem them being different this year?
The biggest difference this year is that Jay Cutler is getting rid of the ball fast. I felt like I was watching the Packers offense with all the quick slant routes they were running this preseason. It was nice to see Matt Forte getting opportunities with both the pass and the run. The Bears failed to utilize Forte last year in the passing game the way they did when he was a Pro Bowler. We also saw Cutler start to spread the ball around. This offense is still a work in progress, but we should be seeing major improvements over last years performance.
Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long (75) against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
4. Talk about rookie guard Kyle Long and how has the rest of the Bears offensive line looked after being one of the worst in the NFL in recent years.
Kyle Long is going to be a great offensive lineman. He has shown flashes during the preseason of his athleticism and raw strength while both in pass protection and in run blocking. He is going to have his hands full on Sunday with the Bengals very talented defensive line, but I think he can handle it just fine as long as the Bears run the ball early and often, and Cutler gets rid of the ball fast.
The offensive line as a whole is a complete overhaul since last years lineup. The only returning lineman is Center Roberto Garza. So far, so good with the offensive line play in the preseason, but they will have their hands full Sunday. The Bears will scheme appropriately for the inexperience on their line.