2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Chicago Bears
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Bears just missed out winning the division last season, so they have a pretty good shot at a return to the playoffs. Chicago will need their defense to play better, though. If that happens, this team can make the playoffs and make a run. Their offense should be very good with three of the top offensive players in the game (Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte). The defense is the wild card, though, after a few down seasons compared to past years. They need to get better on that side of the ball to take another step forward this season.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
We don't think he'll have a huge season but receiver Marquess Wilson should produce some big games along the way as the No. 3 receiver for the Bears. He'll get a lot me playing time this season. He won't be consistent for fantasy teams but an option in the right matchup. Wilson can get around 700 yards and five touchdowns. He is a big-play threat with the ball in his hands.
FANTASY DUD
Tight end Martellus Bennett had a career season last year but might have a hard time matching those numbers. He has more to compete with for targets (three solid receivers), so he'll have some inconsistent weeks. Bennett scored just once touchdowns the last nine games of last season and had less than 50 yards seven of the last 10 games. His finish to the season is a pretty good indication of his role in the offense going forward.

Team Notes

Jan 30, 10:42 AM Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall may not return to the team in 2015, in the opinion of ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright. The thinking is that Marshall and WR Alshon Jeffery are too similar of receivers, and the team needs more diversity at the position. Wright also wrote that this was strictly a possibility, and he expects Marshall to be on the team in 2015.
Jan 30, 10:42 AM Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall may not return to the team in 2015, in the opinion of ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright. The thinking is that Marshall and WR Alshon Jeffery are too similar of receivers, and the team needs more diversity at the position. Wright also wrote that this was strictly a possibility, and he expects Marshall to be on the team in 2015.
Jan 29, 09:52 AM Chicago Bears PK Jay Feely said QB Jay Cutler isn't a leader off of the field. 'That's not who he is. You're going to have a vacuum there,' Feely said on Mad Dog Sports Radio. 'So you have to know that as a general manager or a head coach, 'Hey, we're not going to have that leadership from this position, so we've really got to have other guys that are going to step up and are going to be our verbal leaders.''
Jan 29, 09:52 AM Chicago Bears PK Jay Feely said QB Jay Cutler isn't a leader off of the field. 'That's not who he is. You're going to have a vacuum there,' Feely said on Mad Dog Sports Radio. 'So you have to know that as a general manager or a head coach, 'Hey, we're not going to have that leadership from this position, so we've really got to have other guys that are going to step up and are going to be our verbal leaders.''
Jan 25, 09:12 PM Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler reportedly once touted new quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to be the quarterbacks coach in 2012. The two had a 'strong, personal relationship.'
Jan 21, 03:53 PM Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said he wants to learn the specificities of the team's offense instead of changing it. Head coach John Harbaugh said Trestman's familiarity and success with a West Coast offense were prominent factors in the team's decision to hire Trestman.
Jan 20, 03:43 PM Free-agent head coach Marc Trestman (Bears) was hired by the Baltimore Ravens as the team's offensive coordinator Tuesday, Jan. 20. Trestman was previously the head coach of the Chicago Bears.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good hire for the Ravens, getting a good offensive mind to run that offense. He'll be a good replacement for Gary Kubiak.
Jan 14, 10:43 PM Free-agent head coach Marc Trestman (Bears) made a push for a shot at the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator position but has not gotten a look.
Jan 09, 07:32 AM The Jacksonville Jaguars appear to be leaning away from Marc Trestman as an offensive coordinator candidate at this time.
Jan 07, 12:33 AM Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson will interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their offensive coordinator position Thursday, Jan. 8, according to a league source. He reportedly would be competing for the job against former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman and San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
Jan 05, 07:23 PM Former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman interviewed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' open offensive coordinator position Monday, Jan. 5, according to sources.

Fantasy Impact: This would be an ideal hire for the Bucs. Trestman is a great coordinator.
Dec 29, 05:33 PM Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's fate will be determined by the team's next general manager and head coach, according to team president Ted Phillips.
Dec 29, 10:03 AM Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman was fired Monday, Dec. 29.
Dec 28, 04:02 PM Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte caught his 102nd pass in 2014, passing former NFL FB Larry Centers for the most receptions in a season by a running back.
Dec 28, 11:52 AM The Chicago Bears have declared CB Albert Louis-Jean, DL Austen Lane, DT Brandon Dunn, OT Charles Leno Jr., FS Chris Conte, QB Jimmy Clausen, PK Robbie Gould inactive for Week 17.
Dec 28, 11:52 AM The Chicago Bears have declared CB Albert Louis-Jean, DL Austen Lane, DT Brandon Dunn, OT Charles Leno Jr., FS Chris Conte, QB Jimmy Clausen, PK Robbie Gould inactive for Week 17.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Lamarr Houston, DE; Jared Allen, DE; Brian De La Puente, C; Willie Young, DE. 

Losses:
Devin Hester, WR; Henry Melton, DT; Julius Peppers, DE; Corey Wootton, DE; Josh McCown, QB; Major Wright, S. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  14 Kyle FullerDB
 # 2  19 Ego FergusonDL
 # 3  18 Will SuttonDL
 # 4  17 Ka'Deem CareyRB
 # 4  31 Brock VereenDB
 # 6  7 David FalesQB
 # 6  15 Pat O'DonnellP
 # 7  31 Charles Leno Jr.OL
 # 7  39 Terrance MitchellDB
 Undrafted Jordan LynchRB
 Undrafted Christian JonesLB
 Undrafted Senorise PerryRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Buffalo
2     Sep 14 8:30PM     at San Francisco
3     Sep 22 8:30PM     at New York Jets
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     Green Bay
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Carolina
6     Oct 12 4:25PM     at Atlanta
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     Miami
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     at New England
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 9 8:30PM     at Green Bay
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     Minnesota
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
13     Nov 27 12:30PM     at Detroit
14     Dec 4 8:25PM     Dallas
15     Dec 15 8:30PM     New Orleans
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     Detroit
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at Minnesota
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