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Concerns With Secondary and Receivers

By: James Tillman

I agree with Greill's analysis on the Bears-Giants game from last week. The Bears looked much better on both sides of the ball. However with pre-season it's still difficult to measure the progression of our team and the G-men were without six defensive starters who could have easily made a difference but I will choose the celebrate in the victory instead. The quarterback situation looks to be stable for the first time in a number of years and hopefully Cutler will remain healthy throughout the season as I feel the #2 is kind of unproven at that this point. If the defensive front-line continues to gell and improve, they may be able to put a significant amount more of pressure on opposing quarterbacks compared to a year ago.

One of the areas I am worried about is the secondary. This unit has been in frequent rotation over the past couple of seasons with injuries to key starters. As we all know, consistency is important in trying to grow as a unit that can be a difficult process if new people are constantly having to play unfamiliar positions. This will be something that we will have to keep our eye on.

While there is no doubting Hester's speed, I have a difficult time seeing him as the #1 receiver. This is just an opinion here but I feel he was much more effective in the return game compared to how he has fared as a receiver. In fact, Greg Olson had more catches, yards and touchdowns then Hester had last season. Opposing teams feared him as a returner and the Bears often had favorable staring position as a result of teams choosing not to kick to him. That same respect/fear factor does not appear to be present with him lined up as a receiver. The Bears game should in fact be decent this year but I still feel they are missing the downfield threat, a guy who can change the game in one or two plays when the game is on the line. I don't feel they have that as of yet. Hopefully as the season progresses, the core of receivers will improve and help balance out the running game.

This what the pre-season is for, to measure where your team is at right now. Let's see if they can take it up another notch against the Broncos this week.


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