Dec. 18, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije (71) recovers a fumble in the end zone against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Which Bears Will Have the Biggest Impact This Year?

With the start of training camp here and with all that has been made of the additions by the beloved now is as good a time as any to assess who will have the biggest affect.

Not to leave anyone out I will pick an existing player as well as a new addition and a sleeper on both sides of the ball. You can tell me how wrong I am in the comment section below.


June 12, 2012; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) passes during Bears-Minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Existing player: Jay Cutler

As for existing players there is no doubt in my mind if he stays healthy Cutty will have the biggest affect the 2012-13 season. At the time of his injury last year he was coming together like we had been waiting for. I think that this year will be his breakout season with the help of the additions of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Also if the Hester package is using him like the 85 team used Dennis Gentry the numbers have the potential to be big. I think 4,000 yards and 30 Touchdowns.

June 12, 2012; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during Bears-Minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRENew addition: Brandon Marshall

New Addition: Brandon Marshall

Enough said.

June 12, 2012; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush (29) during Bears-Minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE


Sleeper: Michael Bush

I think the Bears finally got it right. The past few years have been almost comical when it came to the second back. This year is going to be different. Bush is not the fastest guy in the world but he will get it done between the tackles and in short yardage. I am thinking 800 yards and 8 touchdowns.


Dec 25, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Bears 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Existing player: Brian Urlacher

There are a few players that could have been mentioned here but I think Urlacher is the winner by a nose. Contract year, getting older and the lack of respect thing puts him over the top.

Nov 14, 2010; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts defensive back Kelvin Hayden (26) celebrates running back an interception for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

New addition: Kelvin Hayden

This may not be the sexy choice but my guess is he will find his way into the starting lineup sooner rather then later. While his affect may not show up on the stat sheet with many INT’s it will show up on film with good coverage opposite peanut.

Sleeper: Israel Idonije
Izzy has Pepp on one side and rookie Shea McClellin pushing behind him. I think this may be his best year knowing what is at stake. Don’t be surprised to see 10 or so sacks from Izzy this year.

That is just my two cents but let me know what you think and as always


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  • Levi20

    Existing- Jay Cutler – I think you nailed it, He, and the bears offense, looked really good on their five game win streak before he got injured. Add an offensive line that wasn’t banged up (most noticably Gabe Carimi), and some big time weapons, the sky is the limit for Jay Cutler.

    New Addition- Brandon Marshall. Enough said

    Sleeper- Earl Bennett- I just love this guy. He’s sure handed, good at getting YAC, plays physical, and good chemistry with Cutler. Now with defenses being forced to lean toward Brandon Marshall, Earl Bennett should be primed for a huge season.

    Existing- Julius Peppers – I’m hoping that between Idonije and McClellin there will be plenty of pressure coming off the left side, which will force teams to double team Peppers a little less. I dont expect Peppers to not get double teamed at all, but a few more snaps with Peppers having only one guy to beat could be huge.

    New Addition- Shea Mcclellin- Being from Idaho and being a huge Boise State fan, I’ve watched just about every game Shea has played in, and let me just say this, this kid will not disappoint. With Shea coming in mostly on third downs as most of us suspect to this point, he’ll be fresh and explosive. I think Shea will get 6 to 8 sacks this year.

    Sleeper- Stephen Paea- Paea earned more and more playing time as last years season progressed. He’s quick off the ball and very strong. I think going into his second season and having a whole offseason to get coached up, he could have a strong year.

  • Beardownone

    @Levi20 I agree with Earl Bennet. I may have missed the boat on that one. As for Peppers he was one of the guys in contention but I’m not so sure at least early on that he won’t be fed a steady diet of double teams. I hope your are right about Shea McClellin I think he may take a year to beef up for him to be a true impact guy. As for Paea he needs to step up second round second year player lets hope he is not Angelo’s last mistake. Thanks for the comment!

  • markbritton8

    I totally agree with the whole Earl Bennet, I think the other recievers will take pressure off of him and look out!