The Chicago Bears are brimming with confidence under head coach Marc Trestman. General manager Phil Emery, along with Trestman, have reconstructed the team in a manner that appears to be air-tight as they approach the upcoming season. But Chris Boden of CSN Chicago calls that confidence into question.
What if the Bears suffer injuries to key players? It happens every year. It happened last year to Jay Cutler. If Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffrey went down, what then?
Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen currently serve as the replacements for Jay Cutler. Fourth-round draft pick Ka’Deem Carey backs up Matt Forte and Marquess Wilson is the third wide receiver on the roster. The quarterbacks remain relatively unproven — and as far as quarterbacks go, if they remain unproven, it’s probably because they aren’t ready. Ka’Deem Carey has an incredibly successful and prolific career at the University of Arizona and was a steal in the fourth round, but is still a rookie and has yet to prove he can be a reliable backup, let alone an every-down back if Forte went down. And Marquess Wilson caught two balls in his rookie season.
Boden’s concerns are warranted. He close his piece with some context and perspective:
It’s some interesting food for thought, even if it might cause some indigestion. Or it’s just senseless, doomsday concern – a bridge that doesn’t need to be crossed until necessary. I tend to agree. Most importantly, everyone just hopes it ends up, somehow, being a non-issue, during the brutal marathon of an NFL season.