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Figuring out how to protect Cutler is Bears' top priority

  • By Pat Kirwan
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Protect the quarterback
Jay Cutler was sacked 52 times last year - once every 9.3 pass attempts -- to say nothing of all the hits he took during games. The Bears drafted Gabe Carimi to help the situation on the right side. Olin Kruetz wasn't re-signed and has been replaced by Chris Spencer. With that change and when you look at Roberto Garza (6.5 sacks allowed), Chris Williams (4.5) and JaMarcus Webb (10.5), there is work to be done.
Get three pieces for the defense
The Bears defense is a solid unit, but they need three pieces to be better in 2011. The Bears needed Anthony Adams back at DT, and the team was able to re-sign him. They need a linebacker to emerge or bought for the strong side. And they need a safety with starting experience.
Use the tight end more
Trent Green said that Mike Martz isn't opposed to throwing to the tight end, which runs counter to the Bears offensive coordinator's reputation. Greg Olsen tied for the team lead in touchdowns in 2010 despite having his lowest number of receptions since his rookie season. However, the team traded Olsen to Carolina, released Brandon Manumaleuna and acquired Matt Spaeth via free agency. Unless the Bears make another move in free agency, Spaeth will likely be relied on heavily to fill Olsen's production.

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