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Chicago Bears Twitter mailbag: Can Bears finish 8-8?

4/15/2015

@ESPNChiBears:

Here is Part 2 of our Chicago Bears Twitter mailbag.


@ESPNChiBears: No. Internally, the Bears believe they can finish 8-8. It's a realistic possibility. In fact, I probably will pick the Bears 8-8 when the schedule is released. The Bears had way too much talent on the roster last year to finish 5-11, but they did. The massive underachievement in Lake Forest cost a ton of people their jobs, including head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery. That type of dysfunction and insubordination will not be tolerated in 2015. Get with the program, or get out. The Bears have weeded out many of those problem players in the offseason, either by trading them or allowing them to leave via free agency. I feel the defense instantaneously improved the moment John Fox, and later Vic Fangio, walked in the Halas Hall door. There is talent on offense, but the same problems persist at quarterback. For that reason, while I feel strongly the Bears will be much improved this fall, the organization cannot be considered a true Super Bowl contender until a quarterback arrives talented and savvy enough to beat Aaron Rodgers. Easier said than done, I know. The Bears' chances of finding that quarterback in this year's draft class are slim.


@ESPNChiBears: Way more than Jay Cutler, Bob. ESPN NFL Front Office Insider Bill Polian shot down my question this week when I asked him to rate the likelihood of the Bears moving up to No. 2 to take Marcus Mariota. Polian isn't buying it. Going from No. 7 to No. 2 for the sake of drafting a quarterback is expensive business. The Washington Redskins gave the St. Louis Rams three first-round picks and a second-round pick for the right to move from No. 6 to No. 2 to select Robert Griffen III in 2012. Three first-round picks! I should also add that just because Cutler went to Vanderbilt, owns a home in Nashville and likes country music doesn't mean Ken Whisenhunt and the Tennessee Titans want him to be their starting quarterback. Are the Bears really in a position to mortgage the future to draft Mariota? If Andrew Luck were available at No. 2 -- go for it. Mariota ... I don't know. If Mariota falls to No. 7, then I think the Bears need to seriously consider it. But the Bears need all the draft picks they can get to rebuild the defense. Fox went to the playoffs with Tim Tebow. I don't think the prospect of one year with Cutler scares Fox one bit.


@ESPNChiBears: I think every NFL team listens to offers this time of the year. I can't think of too many untouchables on the Bears roster at the moment, except for some of the newly signed players like Pernell McPhee and Eddie Royal, or holdovers cornerback Kyle Fuller and offensive guard Kyle Long. Lamarr Houston and Willie Young are both recovering from season-ending injuries. Neither guy is medically cleared to return for the foreseeable future. Why would another team trade for damaged goods? I can't see it. Will Sutton is interesting because I have a hard time envisioning how he fits in a 3-4. Sutton looks more like an undersized three-technique in a 4-3 front. The Bears list him at 6-foot tall. Can they use him? So, if a team calls about Sutton on draft weekend, I'm sure the Bears will have a conversation. Whether a team actually is interested in Sutton (25 tackles and 2.5 tackles-for-loss) is another story, but he may be better off finding another 4-3 team in the future.