The offseason is an odd time to be a football fan. During these last months, we have had a fair share of news to hold us over, but what we all long for is that first snap of the season. I for one, will smile ear to ear when on Sunday Night Football the Chicago Bears face the Green Bay Packers to start the season. But until then, we have a lot to mull over. Here is a list of 5 reasons why I’m nervous and 5 reasons why I’m excited about the 2009 season.
5 Reasons I’m Nervous:
1) Our Receivers
We’ve all heard it, said it, thought it, and perhaps screamed it. The Bears receivers aren’t proven or elite. To give you an idea, Hester, our probable No. 1 reciever had 55 receptions for 665 yards. That’s 49th in the league
2) Our Defense
Yes, Bob Babich got demoted. Yes Lovie Smith is calling the plays. It still doesn’t talk me off the ledge. This group has the talent but can they deliver.
3) Ron Turner
For the most part, I like Turner’s play calling. I think he has worked with less than elite talent and gotten a lot out of them. What I worry is that he won’t take it up to the level the offense is at with Cutler at the helm.
4) Matt Forte
With the load he took on in 2008, I worry he might not have any gas in the tank and will have a Sophomore slump. And I don’t see Kevin Jones having the same impact. Remember Anthony Thomas was gonna be the best running back since Payton until his second year.
5) Talent in the NFC North
The Packers and Vikings both got a lot better after the draft. Both got at least two starters and some elite talent. The Vikings are just plain fast this year, adding Harvin makes them a scary team for any defense to handle. The Packers got great pieces for there 3-4 D, a scheme our Bears have struggled against.
5 Things I am excited about:
1) JAY CUTLER
2) Our Receivers
Who was Bernard Berrian in 2005? A guy with 13 receptions and a lot of speed, that’s it. That could be Earl Bennett or Juaquin Iglesias. I am excited to see what these guys can do.
3) Matt Forte
See what this kid can do without facing an 8 man front. Combine that with the catches in the backfield and we can expect a 2000 total yards performance. (granting he doesn’t have a sophomore slump)
4) Beating the Green Bay Packers in the first game of the season….in prime time!
How sweet would it be to start out the Jay Cutler era with a Bears win…at Lambeau. Very very sweet. I have a feeling the Rodgers-Cutler rivalry will be a great one for years to come.
5) Getting excited about a Chicago Bears offense.
Remember back in 2005 when the offense got the ball at our 15 yard line and just sigh. When Urlacher and Co. came on, we’d see the real fireworks. Now we get to see 60 yard bombs and a scrambling QB. We get to see a strong arm without the fumbled snaps, or the stupid interceptions. We get to see a 300 yard passer and a 100 yard runner in the same game. We get to see Devin Hester hit in stride and a QB that can do it all.
What do you guys think? What are your fears and expectations?