Enter John Fox and Adam Gase
When John Fox took over the Chicago Bears last season, the team was coming off back-to-back seasons of defensive ineptitude (30th and 31st in points allowed, 30th in yards allowed in each season) and Fox' defensive prowess was meant to turn a bad situation around quickly. Fox brought Adam Gase with him from Denver to handle the offense, which was in better shape than the defense but still had questions. Departed head coach Marc Trestman led the Bears to a 2nd place finish (points) in 2013 but the unit regressed in 2014 (23rd in points). Gase's first order of business was reinvigorating Jay Cutler's career after he fell on hard times thanks to conflict with Trestman and his staff.
Was Gase successful in improving the Bears offense? That's a matter of considerable debate:
- 335 points scored (23rd) vs 319 points scored (23rd) in 2014
- 5,517 yards (21st) vs 5,233 yards (21st) in 2014