The Bears haven’t quite gotten through half of their 2013 schedule, but the NFL commemorates the halfway point of the season, so it’s as good a time as any to pass out some hardware for the Bears before they hit the field against the Packers on Monday Night Football.
Chicago Bears First Half MVP: Jay Cutler
Who gets credit for the Bears’ 4-3 start? How about Mr. Fourth Quarter? If it weren’t for Cutler and his career best passer rating under? If not for Cutler, the Bears could easily be 2-5 or worse.
Others receiving votes: Matt Forte
Chicago Bears First Half LVP: Julius Peppers
With great power comes great responsibility. Peppers has great power, in the form of a gigantic paycheck and chunk of the Bears’ salary cap. When Brian Urlacher departed he was going to be called upon to step up as a defensive leader. He’s been pretty much invisible for the Bears’ worst performing group.
Others receiving votes: Shea McClellin and Chris Conte
Rookie of the First Half: Kyle Long
Go ahead and admit you were wrong about Kyle Long. I will. When the Bears drafted him, I thought it was a reach of a pick. Maybe I was jaded by the Shea McClellin pick or I was blinded by a big name tight end like Tyler Eifert out of Notre Dame? Long has been outstanding on the Bears most improved group of performers. I see a bright future for this kid.
Others receiving votes: Jordan Mills
Most Improved of the First Half: Alshon Jeffery
This one seemed to be an easy choice for our panel of voters. I suppose that’s easy since there aren’t a lot of good candidates for most improved. Alshon Jeffery has made the kind of leaps that you want to see from a second round selection. Jeffery put in a lot of hard work this offseason, training in Florida with Brandon Marshall and the results have shown on the field. Jeffery leads the Bears in receiving yards with 561 thru 7 games and is second among wide receivers with catches with 33. If you project those numbers out over a full season and Jeffery could have himself a 1000 yard season.
Others receiving votes: Isaiah Frey