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chicago bears logoThe Windy City is sure to be excited about the upcoming 2009 Chicago Bears Season Preview. They've made some great acquisitions, and have a veteran coaching staff returning for another run at the Super Bowl. Chicago fans would love a trip to Miami, for Super Bowl XLIV considering what the weather will be like in Chicago, come early February. Back for the Bears, is Head Coach, Lovie Smith, returning for his 6th season. Offensive coordinator, Ron Turner is back, as well as Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers coach, Bob Babich. Joining the staff this year, will be ex-Lions head coach, Rod Maranelli, who is coming off an 0-16 season with the Lions. Maranelli will be in charge of the Defensive Line and will also serve as the Assistant Head Coach. Also joining, is Jon Hoke, who will be in charge of coaching the Defensive Secondary.

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2009 Chicago Bears Free Agency And TradesThe 2009 Chicago Bears Free Agency And Trades led to Jay Cutler joining the team. Via trade with the Denver Broncos, Jay Cutler will be joining the club as the starting Quarterback. Cutler, a high first round pick, 11th overall, by the Broncos in 2006. Cutler now enters his fourth season, with huge expectations on his back, after forcing his way out of Denver. In exchange for Cutler, the Bears had to give up previous starter Kyle Orton, and two first round picks, in the 2009 NFL Draft and 2010 NFL Draft, as well as a 3rd round pick, 2009. The Bears have plans to protect Cutler, which is why they have also brought in seven time Pro Bowl Offensive Tackle, Orlando Pace, through free agency. Pace is oft injured, but if he can avoid getting hurt, he could be a very valuable addition to the Bears Offensive Line. The Bears also brought in Offensive Guard, Frank Omiyale, and Offensive Tackle, Kevin Shaffer.

2009 Chicago Bears NFL DraftBecause of the Jay Cutler trade, the Bears gave up their first round pick, in the 2009 Chicago Bears NFL Draft, as well as a third round selection, 84th overall. The Bears also traded away their 2nd round pick, 49th overall, for the 68th pick, in the third round, and the 105th pick, and the fourth round. When Chicago finally came to the podium, in the third round, they selected Jarron Gilbert, DE from San Jose State, with the 68th overall pick. Then, with the 99th pick, in the third round, the Bears took WR, Juaquin Iglesias, out of the University of Oklahoma. The Bears went with another DE, in the fourth round, as they selected Henry Melton, from Texas, at the 105th pick. The Bears weren't done in the fourth round, as the went with DB D.J. Moore, out of Vanderbilt, with the 119th overall selection. Pick 140 came in the 5th round, and Chicago selected another WR, going with Johnny Knox out of Abilene Christian. Marcus Freeman, LB out of Ohio State, was the second 5th round selection, for the Bears, at pick 154. Round 6 saw the Bears select at the 190th spot, as they took FS Al Alfalava, from Oregon State University. OG Lance Louis, out of San Diego State, will join the offensive line, after being selected in the 7th round, at pick 246. With their last pick, of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected their third WR of the draft, taking Derek Kinder, from Pittsburgh, with the 251st selection.

2009 Chicago Bears Quarterbacksjay cutlerThe Bears have big hopes that are squarely on the shoulders of new Quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears acquired Cutler in a trade from the Broncos, for Kyle Orton, two 1st round picks (2009 & 2010), and a 2009 3rd round pick. It will be Cutler's job to lead the offense and deliver accurate throws, to wide outs, and running backs. Cutler's strong arm should be of great benefit of having to play in the brutal Chicago winter weather. Gone are Kyle Orton, to Denver, and Rex Grossman, to Houston, which leaves the backup roll at Quarterback slim. Should Cutler go down, Brett Basanez, and Caleb Hanie, both going into their third year, would be in line to replace him. All together, the 2009 Chicago Bears Quarterbacks have a combined 8 years of NFL experience.

2009 Chicago Bears Running BacksMatt Forte returns to lead the Chicago Bears ground game, in 2009. Last year, Forte was the offensive leader for the team, leading in both rushing yards, and receptions. Nothing has changed in the 2009 Chicago Bears Running Backs department, as the other Adrian Peterson, Garrett Wolfe, and Kevin Jones, are also in the stable, to spell Matt Forte. Blocking for Forte and the other Running Backs will be Fullback Jason McKie, 8th year man from Temple. The Bears will benefit should their ground game be effective, which would coincidentally open things up through the air.

2009 Chicago Bears Wide Receivers

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The 2009 Chicago Bears Wide Receivers are definitely not a bright spot, in the 2009 Chicago Bears offense. Back are KR/WR Devin Hester, who is still looking to make a big impact in the offense. Last year, Hester was less than effective, especially in the Kick Return department, where he shined in 2006 - 2007. Joining Hester is a slew of young talent, that includes a boat load of rookies. Earl Bennett, 2nd year receiver from Vanderbilt, is projected to be starter, after playing in 10 games in 2008. Outside of the Wide Receivers, the Bears do have a talented group of Tight Ends, headlined by Desmond Clark, and Greg Olsen. Those two are sure to be big targets of Cutler, as he become acclimated to the offense.

2009 Chicago Bears Offensive LineIn order to keep Jay Cutler upright, and to open up holes for the explosive Matt Forte, the 2009 Chicago Bears Offensive Line must be crisp. Facing talented pass rushers like Jared Allen, and Aaron Kampman, in the NFC North, demands a solid O-Line. The addition of OT Orlando Pace should provide an anchor to build the rest of the Offensive Line around. Back is Olin Kruetz, veteran Center for the Bears, in his 13th year out of Washington, and 9th year man, Roberto Garza at Offensive Guard. A new addition to the Offensive Line for the 2009 Chicago Bears, besides Orlando Pace, is OG Frank Omiyale, who is coming over to the Bears, from the Carolina Panthers.

2009 Chicago Bears Defensive LineThe Defensive Line for the 2009 Chicago Bears should look very familiar, and intimidating to opposing Offensive Lines. Back are DT Tommie Harris, and DT Dusty Dvoracek to plug the middle. Out on the ends, the Bears have a freakish duo in DE Adewale Ogunleye, and DE Alex Brown, to keep containment, and rush the Quarterback. Behind them are a group of Defensive Tackles and Defensive Ends, that saw limited playing time, in 2008. Among them are DE Mark Anderson, who played briefly in 16 games last year, DT Marcus Harrison, who also saw action in 16 games, and DT Israel Idonije, who played in 16 games, while starting 3.

2009 Chicago Bears Linebackersbrian urlacherThe linebacking core for the 2009 Bears is very intimidating. Featuring former Defensive Player of the Year, MLB Brian Urlacher, and other big performers, like OLB Lance Briggs, the 2009 Chicago Bears Linebackers are another key component to their vaunted defense. OLB Nick Roach, 9 game starter in 2008, will fill the other spot, in the 4-3 defense. Backing them up will be OLB Hunter Hillenmeyer, 13 games in 2008, OLB Joey LaRocque, who played in 14 games in 2008, and OLB Jamar Williams, who saw action in 16 games in the 2008 NFL Season. The Bears are sure to mix in rookie LB Marcus Freeman, drafted with the 154th pick out of Ohio State University.

2009 Chicago Bears Secondary

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The 2009 Chicago Bears Secondary would have to be the one week spot on the Bears' Defense, even though it is better than what most NFL teams put on the field. At the corners are CB Nathan Vasher, and CB Charles Tillman. Last year, these two started 22 games combined, and should provide the experience needed at the corner, to secure the passing lanes. Playing deep for the Bears will be Free Agent pick up S Josh Bullocks along with Kevin Payne, who started in all 16 games for the 2008 Chicago Bears. The Bears have other experienced corners backing this group up, such as CB Daniel Manning, 14 games in 2008, CB Trumaine McBride, 16 games in 2008, and CB Corey Graham, who also played 16 games in 2008.

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2009 Chicago Bears Draft Picks

Round 3: Pick 68 - Jarron Gilbert DE (San Jose State)
Round 3: Pick 99 - Juaquin Iglesias WR (Oklahoma)
Round 4: Pick 105 - Henry Melton DE (Texas)
Round 4: Pick 119 - D.J. Moore DB (Vanderbilt)
Round 5: Pick 140 - Johnny Knox WR (Abilene Christian)
Round 5: Pick 154 - Marcus Freeman LB (Ohio State)
Round 6: Pick 190 - Al Alfalava FS (Oregon State)
Round 7: Pick 246 - Lance Louis OG (San Diego State)
Round 7: Pick 251 - Derek Kinder WR (Pittsburgh)

2009 Chicago Bears Free Agency Acquisitions and Trades
Jay Cutler from Denver Broncos - Quarterback (Trade)
Orlando Pace from St. Louis Rams - Offensive Tackle
Josh Bullocks from New Orleans Saints - Free Safety
Michael Gaines from Detroit Lions - Tight End
Frank Omiyale from Carolina Panthers - Offensive Guard
Kevin Shaffer from Cleveland Browns - Offensive Tackle
2009 Chicago Bears Free Agency Losses and Trades
Mike Brown to Kansas City Chiefs - Safety
Kyle Orton to Denver Broncos - Quarterback (Trade)
Marty Booker to Unsigned - Wide Receiver
Rex Grossman to Houston Texans - Quarterback
Brandon Lloyd to Denver Broncos - Wide Receiver
Darrell McClover to Unsigned - Linebacker
Terrence Metcalf to Unsigned - Offensive Guard
Fred Miller to Unsigned - Offensive Tackle
John St. Clair to Cleveland Browns - Offensive Tackle
John Tait to Unsigned - Offensive Tackle