By S.C. Zuba
Where has this Chicago Bears team been all season?
With two weeks left in the season, suddenly the receivers can run routes, Matt Forte can hit holes, the offensive line can protect Jay Cutler, and Cutler can throw to people wearing Bears jerseys.
After wins over the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions, the Bears look like a team with some potential—something that has been lacking all season.
One major issue that has been overlooked all season, by myself included, is the age of this team. The average age of the 2009 Chicago Bears is 26, which is as infantile as it gets in the National Football League. These players are young and have a great deal to learn; the only question is if this coaching staff can coach them up to the players they are capable of becoming.
The receivers are young and are only going to get better under the proper coaching. Over the past two weeks of the season, Devin Aromashodu has begun to play like a legitimate NFL receiver, and Cutler seems to like his new target.
On top of the age of this team, Cutler has been learning a new offense with new receivers and has been expected to learn on the fly. Even with learning the new offense, Cutler has broken the single-season completion record for the Bears and is second in single-season passing yards in only his first season with the Bears.
It’s amazing what Cutler can do when he has time in the pocket. Cutler has demonstrated when he has time, he can make great decisions and lead this offense.
This offseason will be huge for the Bears—even bigger than last season. Lovie Smith needs to go, Ron Turner needs to go, and the team needs to bring in a proven winner who can develop the young talent.
Enter, Bill Cowher.
It seems as though things will happen quickly at Halas Hall, as some of the great coaches available will not be available for long.
The time is now, and the Bears need to act.
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From the Jan. 6-12, 2010 issue