With not a whole lot going on around the home front at Winter Park, let’s take a look around the NFC North. We’ll go alphabetically and look at one team each day from Monday to Wednesday.
First up is the Chicago Bears…
Most of the offseason news surrounding the Bears so far has actually centered on their coaching staff. Lovie Smith remains the head coach but has relinquished his play-calling duties to new defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who was the defensive line coach during the 2009 season.
Marinelli isn’t the only new coordinator for the Bears. Smith has also added Mike Martz to coordinate his offense. Martz was of course a head coach and offensive coordinator in St. Louis before moving on to coordinate offenses in Detroit and San Francisco as well.
The Bears have also added former Vikings Head Coach Mike Tice to their coaching staff. After leaving Minnesota, Tice joined Jack Del Rio’s staff in Jacksonville. Now he’ll be the Bears offensive line coach and makes a return to the NFC North.
A Look At WR
A pair of youngsters really came on for Chicago last year – 3rd-year player Devin Aromashodu and rookie Johnny Knox. With that in mind, the Bears and WR Devin Hester may explore slightly reducing Hester’s role in the offensive game plan and re-inserting him in the return game.
Going further into the speculation business, Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times floats the idea of the Bears pursuing WR Torry Holt, who was released from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday. Holt and Martz were together in St. Louis and the Bears have another coach familiar with WR – Tice.
Regardless of whether the Bears pursue Holt or not, with Martz now on board as the offensive coordinator Chicago should be considered in the mix to acquire more offensive pieces, from speedy WRs to versatile RBs.
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