All season long there has been a consistent theme developing on the Chicago Bears offense, a bit of a rallying cry, the Bears need to spread the ball around. Brandon Marshall has been the focal point of the offense this season, earning the third most targets of any receiver in the NFL this season. The idea is the Bears could do better to spread the ball around to other receivers to take the focus off of Marshall.
During the Bears loss to the Vikings, they finally followed up on that strategy. Kellen Davis and Devin Hester were targeted eight times each, and finished with eight receptions between them. Hester had at least two drops by my count, and Davis also contributed to the failure in this game. In a case of be careful what you wish for, the Bears got just that from two players who should not be on the field next week, much less on the roster next season.
Alshon Jeffery was targeted six times and came up with three receptions in this game. He caught a couple of nice passes, but also dropped a touchdown pass. Two touchdown drops in this game by both Jeffery and Hester hurt this team's chances in the game.
Moving forward two things are certain, Dane Sanzenbacher deserves a chance in this offense. The Bears should deactivate Devin Hester and the ball should never be thrown Kellen Davis' way again.
Dropped passes are killing the Bears and there needs to be a focus on getting Jay Cutler some weapons during the offseason. Earl Bennett, if he is to remain on the roster should take a major pay cut, and the Bears need to find a pass catching TE.
Both Hester and Davis lack fundamental concentration when they are the targets on offense. Hester has consistently dropped passes or ran backwards with the football when he does make a catch. His lack of true receiver instincts is beyond frustrating.
Davis struggles to get open and also suffers from inconsistency in catching passes. Davis' abilities are limited to seam routes down the middle of the field and not much else.
Lastly I don't understand what role Evan Rodriguez has within this offense. Tyler Clutts was a decent fullback, and as such Rodriguez should not have been drafted to be just a fullback. That's a wasted draft pick that should have been used to address either a true TE, or another position all together.
There will be a need to add weapons around Cutler one way or the other and Emery should not hesitate to address this. The problem is the Bears have a lot of other positions on both sides of the ball they need to address in order to compete for a Super Bowl title.