The Chicago Bears have worked hard to revamp their defense which was atrocious last season, but according to Matt Forte, it may be the offense that takes a huge leap in 2014.
Saturday evening, at the 19th annual Bears Care Gala, Forte gave some insight to the vision the Bears have on offense this season.
"If we keep working hard we're going to take this offense, hopefully, to the top of the league," Forte said. "There's no ceiling. There's no limit that you can put on it."
On initial reaction, one may think that drastic statistical improvement may be difficult, as the Bears ended the 2013 as the second scoring offense just behind the Denver Broncos. But the team has reason to believe the offense can take an even greater step.
Last year, then-new head coach Marc Trestman predicted that the greatest improvement would be seen in year two due to the change in scheme and difficulty of his playbook.
Among other factors that limited offensive production last year was an almost entirely new offensive line that saw two rookies start all season. The continuity of having the same starting o-line this year will be quite evident and won't limit play-calling as it did in 2013, according to offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer.
Another factor to offensive success will be the health of QB Jay Cutler. Will this be the year that Cutler starts all 16 games for Chicago? Who knows; but for right now, hope springs eternal in the minds of Bears fans and -- more importantly -- the entire Bears offense.