by Karin Beil
You have to wonder about the Chicago Bears so far. Having made a very hyped up trade that sent the Denver Broncos’ star quarterback, Jay Cutler, to the Bears in exchange for Kyle Orton, their own quarterback, the Bears were expected to have one of the best offenses in all of pro football in 2009. Cutler was a prolific quarterback in Chicago and the team had some other great pieces in place (Matt Forte, Greg Olsen, Devin Hester) that would make the offense a force to be reckoned with in 2009.
While the Bears are 3-1 through their first four games of football, much of the team’s success can be attributed to its efficient defense.
Both Matt Forte and Greg Olsen, two of the best offensive players on the team last season, are struggling through their first four games of the season. Neither is putting up anything that resembles their stats from last season, which begs the question.
Were the Chicago Bears better off with Kyle Orton at quarterback? They had a winning record with Orton at the helm, and Orton has led the Broncos out to a 5-0 start in 2009.
While Orton always got a lot of criticism in Chicago, it’s looking like he was never the problem based on his efficient performance in Denver so far.
The Bears still have a long season ahead, and they’re fortunate to have a winning record at this point. Still, it remains to be seen whether they’re truly a better offensive team than they were last year.