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2014 Team Preview: Chicago Bears

Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf

Adam began writing for RotoWire in the spring of 2012 as an undergrad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He primarily serves as the site's day-to-day editor of NHL content, while also working as the Chicago Bears and Colorado Rockies beat writer, managing the site's Closer Grid, and contributing to the football and baseball magazines.

STATE OF THE FRANCHISE

After years of rooting their identity in a hard-nosed defense, the Bears flipped the script under first-year coach Marc Trestman in 2013, becoming one of the league's most dangerous offenses thanks to bevy of talent at the skill positions. Matt Forte was the greatest beneficiary of Trestman's running back-centric playbook, setting career-highs in rushing yardage, catches, receiving yards and total touchdowns. Meanwhile, Alshon Jeffery delivered a breakout sophomore season, combining with Brandon Marshall to give the Bears perhaps the most feared wideout pairing in the league. Tight end Martellus Bennett also fit in seamlessly as a short-yardage and red-zone target.

Behind the talented stable of playmakers, quarterback Jay Cutler posted a career-best 89.2 quarterback rating, yet remained a media lightning rod. A torn groin muscle and a high-ankle sprain cost Cutler five games, with the Bears forced to turn to backup Josh McCown in his

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