Could the Bears be a Surprise Team in 2010?

Could the Bears exceed everyone’s expectations and be one of the “surprise teams” in 2010?  ESPN’s John Clayton seems to think so.  The Bears round out his Top 5 surprise teams for the upcoming season.  Here’s his view:

5. Chicago Bears: Don’t underestimate the influence of new coordinator Mike Martz on offense. Jay Cutler’s first year was a disappointment, but Martz has been able to add three to six points to offenses with quarterbacks less talented than Cutler. The Bears averaged 19.4 points a game last year. If Martz can add about four or five points a game through Cutler’s powerful arm, the Bears might be 9-7 or better instead of 7-9.

The schedule isn’t easy because the NFC North plays the NFC East and AFC East. The Bears play a .504 schedule compared to .496 a year ago. The key is the improvement of the offense. Because expectations are down, the Bears have a chance to sneak up on teams.

The thing that J-Clay doesn’t account for is that for Jay to be effective, he’ll need to stay upright.  Martz’s offense might kill Cutler if the Bears don’t get some protection for him.

In case you’re interested, the other surprise teams are 1. Washington, 2. Carolina, 3. Oakland and 4, Atlanta.  The Bears get to face the top two supposed “surprise teams” this season.

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  • IllinoisJoe

    The surprise team of 2010? Absolutely. If Cutler makes it through this season behind this OL it will be a bona fide miracle. The instant, the INSTANT the ball is snapped he is running for his life.

    If the Bear’s OL took all the turf they wash off their backs after each game it would need its own zip code.

  • City

    I truly hope it’s true, but… I just don’t see it. The defense looks improved and as long as Urlacher stays healthy, they should be able to react better on the field than they did last year.

    But, on offense, it’s not just the line, you can’t take a bunch of young receivers and expect them to learn a new scheme in one season. Martz is not going to work a miracle with these guys, which means misreads, miscommunications, confusion, and picks.

  • The real Jay

    Barring injury, the Bears will win at least 10 games. The have a lot of talent and good coaches(in my opinion) that can take them to the next level. If not then they should clean house with not only the coaches but management as well.

  • Erik Burton

    Let the game be played on the field before we throw this 2010 Chicago Bear under the bus. I really believe that the Bears are going to be a surprise team as well. This is Chicago Bear football, and we should let a HEALTHY Bears “D” set the tone and let Cutler manage the game without having to try and play catch-up!

    The Bears are on the right track, and I’m proud of what moves they’ve made over the last 2 yrs. of off-season to try and make this team a legitimate contender. Bears win 10 or more this yr. and I’m gonna call it now…Bears handle Dallas to give the Cowboys their 1st loss of the season!

    • Bears Suck BIG Hairy KocK

      No way they beat the cowboys!!!!

      Boys vs Jets
      SuperBowl 2011

  • City

    Word from camp is: Cutler’s struggling with Martz’s offense. I just don’t think they’re going to win 10 games. They’re going to struggle out of the gate, and by the time they start to get a handle for the offense, they have a brutal 4 games at the end of the season. I see a 7-9 season.

    • Boomer

      City – where are you getting the inside scoop? All I hear is praise of Cutler coming from Martz. I see them struggling too (well documented) but I think it’s more of a concern about the O-line than on JC.