The Season of Change

Connor Calebaugh, Staff Writer

The Chicago Bears look to rebound this season after an embarrassing 5-11 record in 2014.

Change was needed in the Bears organization and it started with the front office. Phil Emery, the general manager, was one of the first’s ones to go. head coach Marc Trestman followed and so did offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

The Bears have been busy this off-season by signing general manager Ryan Pace, head coach John Fox, offensive coordinator Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Vic Fargo.

Along with the coaching staff, the Bears have made a huge splash in the free agency pool acquiring players such as defensive end Pernell McFee, safety Antrel Rolle and defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins.

On the offensive side of the ball the Bears have picked up players like wide receiver Eddie Royal, center Will Montgomery and running back Jacquizz Rodgers.

With the pick ups that the Bears had made on offense and defense, they had decided to part ways with veterans Brandon Marshall, Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman.

Along with the personnel changes on and off the field, the Bears bring along change in their offensive and defensive schemes. Gase is bringing in the same offensive scheme that he and John Fox had used when they were in Denver.

On the defensive side of the ball, Fargo changed the scheme from a historic Tampa 2 defense installed by former head coach Lovie Smith, to a 3-4 defense that Fargo used in his times in San Francisco. This scheme created a bunch of pro bowl talent in the time that he was there.

With the change to a 3-4 defense, veteran defensive ends Jared Allen, Pernell McFee, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young have to make the transition to linebacker. According to ESPN, John Fox announced that no ones position is locked to be the starter; everyone needs to earn their spot on the team during training camp and preseason games.

While everybody is fighting to be on the 52 man roaster, quarterback Jay Cutler is on the hot seat this season. Cutler is familiar with Fox, Gase and Eddie Royal from his time in Denver. Cutler has yet to throw an interception this training camp or preseason games against the Dolphins or the Colts. However it may be the Bears have a lot of work ahead of them.

Even though so far this preseason they have won both of their games, the Bears have a lot of adjustments to make before they are ready for the regular season opener against their bitter rivals, the Green Bay Packers.

Although critics comment on how the Bears will do poorly this year, I for one believe that as long as Cutler can stay healthy and the offensive line can give him time in the pocket to execute plays, score touchdowns, and not turn the ball over all the while the defense puts pressure on the quarterback and stops the run, they can have a chance of making it to the playoffs this year and earn back the name “Monsters of the Midway.”

The winds are blowing, the wind of change in the Windy City.