Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) calls out instructions during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Do Chicago Bears have enough depth on offense?


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.

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  • Folt

    This a legit question, but is it not the same for every team. Most teams do not have Brandon Marshall with Larry Fitzgerald as a back-up. I’m tired of the next man up cliche. Who ever stays healthiest generally does well so lets cross our fingers, do a health dance, sacrifice a goat or whatever it takes for a healthy season.

  • Mike

    It is impossible to have game-proven, quality depth at every position on a football team, it just isn’t going to happen. That being said, the one position that worries me the most is QB, just because of Jay’s history of injuries.

  • John Huey

    Why even go there? You don’t think Emery and Trestman have thoughr of that? Is that not why they drafted Carey, and Wilson, and brought in Palmer and Clausen. They obviously feel they can get the job done other wise why bring them in