Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
Three quick hits on the Chicago Bears:
1. New quarterback Jay Cutler has been everything you could have imagined: strong-armed and strong-willed in his first summer with the Bears. There’s no doubt he has the best passing skills in multiple generations of Bears teams. And at the same time, it’s pretty clear he can be moody and difficult to please. It’s all part of the package. But channeled correctly, Cutler’s personality could make Chicago’s offense as feisty as its defense. That’s not a bad thing. Best of all, at least for Bears fans, it looks like he will make the players around him better. Cutler coaxed some pretty solid catches from a pretty average group of receivers during training camp.
2. We’ve said it before, but internally there has to be some concern about the Bears’ secondary. Cornerback Charles Tillman missed the entire preseason because of back surgery. Fellow cornerback Nate Vasher hasn’t proven to being a starter, but his likely replacement -- Zack Bowman -- has been limited by a hamstring injury. So has presumptive starting safety Danieal Manning. The Bears have decent personnel if everyone is healthy. But if they aren’t, the pass defense becomes a weakness and Chicago could face a serious mismatch during its season opener Sept. 13 at Green Bay.
3. I know we had this discussion last season, but Matt Forte might be the best receiving tailback in the NFL. Not only does he have soft hands, but Forte has a deep understanding of how to use his body, how to judge angles and when to leave his feet. Those skills all sound basic, but they are much more refined in Forte than they are in most running backs. Let’s be clear: Forte is a runner first. But his ability to create mismatches and make difficult catches offers a unique facet to the Bears' offense.