Marc Trestman will be kicking off his 2nd year as the Bears head coach, coming off a season in which the Bears were one tough Packers game away from making the playoffs. Many departures occurred in the offseason on both the coaching and players side. With new coaching hires and a new artillery of players, the Bears could be strong contenders for the NFC North this season. The offense looks to remain strong as star receiving targets Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery return for the 2014 season. Both wide receivers had over 1,200 receiving yards each last season. Culter returns at quarterback after signing a seven year deal with the Bears. Also returning and looking to make an offensive impact is Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett. The Bears look to make a complete overhaul of their defense with new defensive ends Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen, Willie Young, and Isreal Idonije. The team also made additions in the offseason with signing safeties M.D. Jennings, Ryan Mundy, and Danny McCray, wide receiver/return man Domenik Hixon, and linebacker Jordan Senn. Free agents D.J. Williams, Charles Tillman, and Craig Steltz were also resigned to the Bears.
But free agents weren't the only impact acquisitions that the Bears made this offseason. The 2014 NFL Draft saw the Bears take a lockdown cornerback in Virginia Tech product Kyle Fuller in the first round as well as a host of players who put up huge numbers in college. Notable standouts include monster defensive tackles Ego Ferguson (LSU) and Will Sutton (Arizona State), Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey (42 touchdowns over the last two seasons), and Miami punter Pat O'Donnell. Keep an eye on a local product in star scrambling quarterback Jordan Lynch from Northern Illinois, signed as an undrafted free agent. The Chicago Bears preseason kicks off at home on August 8th against the Philadelphia Eagles and the regular season starts at home September 7th against the Buffalo Bills. Get your tickets for all of the action at Soldier Field from preseason to conference rival games! When you purchase tickets through Gold Coast Tickets you're sure to find the best seats and great deals on all Chicago Bears football games.