2007 Results: 7-9
2008 Projected Cap Status: $11,890,400 under the cap
2007 Season Recap:
Following a 33-25 win over the Saints in a rematch of the 2006 NFC Championship, the Bears finished the season 7-9, after the 2006 victory over the Saints the Bear went on to the Super Bowl, after the 2007 lost they went home. This continues a trend in the NFL, as Chicago became the sixth team in seven years that lost the Super Bowl then failed to make the playoffs the following season. The quarterback situation took most of the heat for the team dropping to last in the division standings. The Bears seem to deal with the spot different than most NFL teams (over the last decade they have started at least three different in the same season seven times).
1. Wide Receiver Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd have been brought in, as Muhsin Muhammad and Bernard Berrian both signed elsewhere. Devin Hester hasnt developed into the receiving option the team had hoped hed become. Mark Bradley has been with the team for the past three years but has been unproductive
2. Offensive Line This unit needs to get young at just about every position across line, starting center Olin Kreutz is entering his 11th season, guard Ruben Brown was cut and his replacement Terrence Metcalf struggled when he replaced Brown last year, this means 30 year old backup tackle John St. Clair will be slotted as the starting right guard, 33 year old John Tait is able to play at either tackle spot, the Bears can benefit from this if they can find a player that can develop quickly.
3. Safety Mike Browns battle with injuries over the past four years caused the Bears to bring some help last season, however Adam Archuleta turned out to be unproductive for his second straight season, meaning the Bears will need a safety who can challenge for a starting spot or provide quality depth