Chicago Bears: 2015 Staff Predictions

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Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears mascot Staley Da Bear against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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What a difference a year makes.  Last season, I was the least over-the-top optimist for the Chicago Bears 2014 season and I had them pegged with nine wins.  Our staff writers and plenty of other media types and experts had the Bears in line for a playoff run and double digit wins.  Boy, were we wrong!  GM Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman were shown the door and a new regime of Ryan Pace and John Fox were brought in to turn the Bears around after an embarrassing 5-11 season.

Naturally everyone is taking a guarded approach this season as the Bears undergo the biggest rebuilding project since Soldier Field was gutted and rebuilt after the 2001 season.  On offense, the Bears are doing more of a tune up while the defense is a complete overhaul.  We asked the Bear Goggles On staff writers to make their picks for the season.  Wins are marked with a blue background while losses appear on orange backgrounds.  There’s a lot of orange there people.  Here is a summary of their picks:

That’s a pretty wide range of record predictions.   I suspect that’s mostly because a lot of us can’t separate our heads from our hearts or maybe we just have some dogged optimists.  We asked everyone to write a couple of sentences to back up their picks.

Next: Hit the next pages to see the summaries.