Sep 11, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; A detailed view of the helmet of Chicago Bears tackle Frank Omiyale (68) before the start of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Chicago Bears Skyrocket up Preseason Power Rankings Thanks to Strong Free Agent Signings

NFL.com released their preseason Power Rankings and the Chicago Bears jumped into the Top 5.  The Beloved rank behind the Super Bowl champion Giants (1), the runner up Patriots (2), the NFC runner up 49ers (3) and their division rival Packers (4).

Not bad for a team that missed the playoffs last season.  Clearly they acknowledge the acquisitions the Bears have made as making a big impact on their outlook for the 2012 season.  Here’s what Elliott Harrison said in his blurb about the Bears:

Chicago and Green Bay will lock up twice in 2012, as they always do, in games that will likely decide the NFC North. The acquisitions of Brandon Marshall and Michael Bush are huge, but there is still one big issue that can hold this team back.

That issue that Harrison mentions?  It’s the Bears inattention to their offensive line.  If they can find a way to protect Cutler, the sky’s the limit.

What do you think?  Did Harrison put a little too much stock in Marshall’s addition?  Are the Bears a Top 5 team?  Where would you rank them?

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  • http://www.beardownone.blogspot.com/ Beardownone

    I think that top five is a solid and accurate spot for the Bears. They had a 7-3 record BCWD (before Cutler went down) without a#1 wideout or a solid 2 running back. The arrow has to be pointing up for a team that will be more line friendly with their play calling and a monster (or beast) at wide out. The effect Marshell has will not only show up on the stat sheet but in the increased productivity with the other wideouts IE Earl Bennet who was producing anyway. I think they can get more creative with Hester now and use him more like a Denis Gentry type which plays to his strengths. As well as giving Forté less 8 in the box looks from the defense’s that will have to account for Marshell. So yes one guy can have that great of an affect. We will see how much

  • deepsix

    I would expect them to draft an offensive lineman fairly high this year. I really think that the biggest problem with our line this last couple years has been a product of the mike martz offense. Getting rid of mad mike and imiyale

  • deepsix

    Even though they will probaly draft an offensive lineman fairly high I think that the line we have will perform way better this year. The biggest problems they’ve had the last couple seasons has been a product of the martz offense. Getting rid of him and omiyale

  • deepsix

    Even though they will probaly draft an offensive lineman fairly high I think that the line we have will perform way better this year. The biggest problems they’ve had the last couple seasons has been a product of the martz offense. Getting rid of him and omiyale should make a world of difference. Bear down top 5 Bears!

  • deepsix

    @Beardownone
    BCWD. Thats good stuff!

  • Mybears2

    @BearGogglesOn surprised because you think they should be higher or lower

  • BearGogglesOn

    @Mybears2 Surprised they’re so high. They jumped over a few playoff teams to get such a high ranking largely because of 1 guy (Marshall).

  • BearGogglesOn

     @Beardownone Love the BCWD reference.  It’s like the AD (After Ditka) reference I’ve heard before.

  • BearGogglesOn

     @deepsix I’m really interested to see how the line shakes out. While Lovie keeps telling us he likes the line, I’ve heard some rumblings about Carimi moving to LT.  Bears can’t live with Webb in that spot.  He led the league with 14 sacks allowed.

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  • JakeGCUK

    Switch Carimi to left tackle, C. Williams at left guard, Spencer at his natural playing position at center, Garza at his natural position at right guard and then Lance Louis at right tackle (a position he played in college). I think that’d be a pretty solid line with Tice running the offense rather than Martz and his dozens of confusing protection schemes and seven step drops.
     
    We should be spending our first three draft picks on another WR, a DE, and a CB. Tice can scout a bargain o-lineman in the later rounds.