During their pre-season fantasy rankings of teams, Yahoo! picked the Chicago Bears as dead last for fantasy value.Â This should come as no surprise, as the Bears have clearly shown that they have no interest in winning games or even scoring points anywhere inside the next 4 years.Â The team is clearly trying to trim as much cap space as possible to go into another rebuilding next year and I’m guessing the only reason they gave Tommie Harris an extension was to keep fans coming in on Sundays.Â The team is completely inept in every department but kickoff returns and old lazy linemen.
And that was just last season, they made some drastic changes this year.Â Namely, losing a combined 110 catches, 1518 yards and 8 TDs between their two best receivers; Bernard Berrian and Mushin Muhammad.Â Not only that, but they let Berrian go to a division rival!Â They also wisely cut Cedric Benson, their leading rusher.Â However, their new starting running back is a guy referred to as “the other Adrian Peterson.”Â Their three starting QBs last year put together a 71.8 QB rating, a meager 6.4 yards per attempt, 17 TDs, 21 INTs.
I’m not sure who their starting wide receivers are going to be this year, but it looks like some combination of Mark Bradley, Rashied Davis and Devin Hester.Â Not exactly confidence inspiring.Â As the article mentioned, Greg Olsen does show some promise at TE, but he’s definitely not going to be a full time player.Â He’ll also probably have a crowd of defenders around him at all times as no other offensive player is worth covering.Â Beyond that, it looks like the best hope for Bears fans is that Matt Forte is likely to get 5-10 carries a game.Â I’m sure as soon as he gets a 12 yard run (which will probably be the longest play from scrimmage for the first few weeks) his jersey will instantly become harder to find than thin crust pizza in Chicago.Â The Bears fans will immediately crown him the new “Sweetness.”Â Olin Kreutz will be on Chicago radio 10 years from now saying “Yeah, I remember I cut blocked the nose tackle and Matt got easily an extra 5 yards because of it.”Â The crowd will chant for him to be a starter with dreams of “the run” going through their minds; only to see him get the job and average 3.2 per carry the rest of the year.
I’m sure this can all somehow be blamed on Urlacher’s bad back though…