The Detroit Lions are set to host the Chicago Bears in week four of the 2013 season and make their annual trip to the Windy City in week ten. To get a Bears perspective on preparations for the season I got together with Mike Praser of Bear Goggles On for a quick Q&A.
1. How would you assess the Bears’s offseason? Did the Bears do what
they needed to do through the draft and free agency?
I would have to say that the Bears have had a very productive offseason so far. Signing Tight End Martellus Bennett and Left Tackle Jermon Bushrod in free agency filled immediate needs on the offensive line. They also signed Tight End Steve Maneri who is a converted lineman, and Guard Matt Slauson. With the first round pick of Guard Kyle Long, the Bears are going to have a new look offensive line this upcoming year. The Bears also filled needs on the defensive side of the ball by signing Linebackers D.J. Williams and James Anderson to replace Nick Roach and Brian Urlacher. The Bears had holes and General Manager Phil Emery has been filling those holes.
2. Which Rookie are you most excited to see play in 2013 and why?
I am most looking forward to seeing Linebacker Jon Bostic play in 2013. He has size and speed and there is a lot of praise going around about him. He is going to have to earn a starting spot, but I think that he will be challenging D.J. Williams for playing time.
3. What is the biggest question that still needs to be answered
heading into training camp?
Will Jay Cutler be able to stay upright?
4. What are your expectations for the Bears in 2013?
My expectations are the same for the Bears every year. Super Bowl or bust. I think they will go 10-6 and make the playoffs.
5. Right here, right now, are you marking down the games against the
Lions as a win, loss or toss-up?
I am saying it will be an even split, where each team wins one at home. I really see the Lions as a threat as long as they stay disciplined. They have a lot of offensive weapons and they have a defensive line that can be downright nasty.
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