Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) in the huddle before a play against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
When Lovie Smith was fired after a 10-6 record last season, the big push was to fix the offense. For a unit that had finished the 2012 season ranked 28th in total offense, there was little place to go but up. If personnel was the problem, Phil Emery and Marc Trestman have addressed that. Here’s a look at the 2012 season opener starting lineup:
The names in bold are the only carryovers as we head into the 2013 season opener. Tony Fiammetta, Jermon Bushrod, Matt Slauson, Kyle Long, Jordan Mills, Martellus Bennett and Alshon Jeffery are all slated to move into the starting roles. In fact, the only other player still on the roster is Devin Hester, who doesn’t even play offense any more. Of the 24 offensive players currently on the 53-man roster, 15 were not on the 2012 opening day roster.