It’s always hard to get pumped for the fourth and final preseason game. But hey, that just means the next game is actually going to count for something, right? Plus, the fourth preseason game is a great chance to see players battling for the few roster spots that are left up for grabs.
To help get you acclimated with tonight’s opponent, I caught up with Mike Burzawa of Bear Goggles On to get his insight on what’s new with the Chicago Bears.
1. What is the general sentiment towards Jay Cutler in Chicago, especially with the way he ended his season last year?
Bears fans have embraced Jay for the most part. There are still a few meatballs out there that are anti-Jay, but they’re few and far between. Cutler came to camp fit and trim and looking the part of a team leader. I think he’s poised for a big season if he can get any protection from the offensive line.
2. This team won the NFC North last season. Did the team make enough moves this off-season to take the next step towards the Super Bowl?
Not many steps left to get to the Super Bowl. I think the Bears come down to earth a little after an extremely lucky 2010 season.
3. What have you seen so far out of the much-maligned wide receiver Roy Williams?
Not much. I am not holding out much hope for Williams to be anything more than a role player for the Bears. Look for Earl Bennett to be Cutler’s No. 1 target.
4. Are there any unknown players emerging who can make an impact for the Bears this season?
I think that some key guys along the offensive line are going to need to emerge for the Bears to be successful this year. Bookend tackles J’Marcus Webb and rookie Gabe Carimi will be in the spotlight from the start. Also, look for tight end Kellen Davis to be a strong contributor, taking some of the catches that Greg Olsen had last year.
5. What is your prediction for the Bears in 2011?
I think the Bears go 9-7 and just miss the playoffs. They’re in a tough division with the champion Packers and up-and-coming Lions, not to mention the most under-the-radar Vikings team I can remember in some time.
Thanks to Mike for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. For the best Bears coverage all season, be sure to check out Bear Goggles On.