The Bears could be one of the Top 5 surprises in the upcoming season, writes ESPN’s John Clayton.
In his yearly assessment, Clayton forecasts five surprise teams that will be the most likely to sneak up on the rest of the league. Clayton defines a surprise team as one “that, thanks to an easier schedule or significant roster moves, has a chance to either make a three-game improvement on last season’s record or move into a spot from which it could make a playoff run.”
Clayton cites new offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s influence as the biggest reason why the Bears will surprise people this year.
- Bears promote QB Matt Barkley from the practice squad
- Bears taking step backward to take two steps forward?
- Robbie Gould missed, but rightfully gone
- Bears pass rush just not hitting home
- Bears offensive line makes it difficult to do much of anything
- Bears run game must pick up the slack in Cutler's stead
- Bears run defense showed signs of life before injuries
- Lamarr Houston injury opens door for Leonard Floyd
- Eddie Goldman injury is most alarming one for Bears
- Alshon Jeffery’s contract at top of mind Monday night