Bears 2016 season preview

With key additions like ILB’s Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman, you’d think the Bears would be in position to at least compete for a playoff spot. Instead, it seems to be the contrary.

Throughout the preseason, Jay Cutler continued to throw inaccurate passes to receivers that seemed to be wide open. Cutler has only completed a measly 54.8 percent of his passes.

His backup, Brian Hoyer, only completed 54.4 percent of his passes, according to He will have to step up since Jay Cutler got hurt Monday night against the Eagles.

Even though Jeremy Langford showed flashes of greatness during the preseason, other players like Kevin White, Bryce Callahan and Deiondre’ Hall all showed their lack of experience during the preseason.

White continues to drop passes that seem to be simple, and both Callahan and Hall blew coverages and allowed touchdowns that could have been easily prevented.

In contrast, Ryan Pace, the Bears General Manager, and the rest of their front office tried to help their rigorous situation by drafting players that will hopefully boost their playoff hopes.

They managed to draft potential stars in OLB Leonard Floyd, DE Jonathan Bullard, ILB Nick Kwiatkoski and RB Jordan Howard.

Floyd, even with his small frame, has drawn comparisons to Aldon Smith, who has a similar frame and a similar rushing style. As a junior in college, he managed to get 72 total tackles and 8.5 sacks.

With the perfect combination of strength and speed, Bullard is adept at stopping the run and bringing down quarterbacks. During his senior year in college, he had 63 total tackles and 6.5 sacks.

Kwiatkoski has the pure athleticism and the instincts of a cougar that could lead him to be the next great Bears linebacker, following greats like Brian Urlacher, Mike Singletary and Dick Butkus.

During his senior year in college, Kwiatkoski totaled 85 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions.

Howard’s downhill running style and his decent speed allows him to breeze by defenders with ease. This showed in his last year at Indiana, where he got 1,213 rushing yards and averaged 6.2 yards per carry.

While Chicago does have a lot of young talent, they also lost two key veterans in RB Matt Forte and TE Martellus Bennett.

Last year, Bennett and Forte totaled about 30 percent of the Bears’ offensive yards, according to

Even with the development of Langford, and the emergence of TE Zach Miller, they are still going to miss the leadership presence of the two Pro Bowlers.

With some of their key players, including WR Alshon Jeffery, OLB Pernell McPhee and White having injury-ridden seasons, the Bears hope to stay healthy this year.

If everyone on the Bears stays healthy, they might squeeze out a record with little improvement at 7-9.

Unfortunately they will probably end up with a 5-11 record.