We take a look at the Chicago Bears’ biggest offseason needs on the offensive side of the ball
While this position has been fading away in recent years, some of the top performing rushing teams still have a bruising fullback leading the charge. And this is something the Bears need to consider bringing back into the fold. Modern day fullbacks tend to be good receivers as well, which is something that this offense could use by creating mismatches out of the backfield. Whether it is an H-back hybrid type, or full fledged back, this position needs to be considered.
While Marc Mariani showed some promise late in the season as a third down outlet for Jay Cutler, he did not show much as a returner. Late season pickup Deonte Thompson came on strong as the season progressed, and might be an option moving forward.
But adding competition via the draft is necessary here. Punter Pat O’Donnell had a decent season, and will most likely keep his starting gig. Bringing in a camp leg to keep up competition would be a good move as well. For years, kicker has not been a concern with Robbie Gould holding down the fort. Unfortunately, there has been a drop off the last few seasons, and some key games were lost as a result.
Gould appears confident in interviews, but it is not translating to the field when it counts. And that is what kickers are paid for; coming through in clutch situations. The Bears need to seriously consider focusing on this position in either free agency or the draft. Gould is paid very well, and needs to back that up…or earn his job from some free agent competition.
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