1 – Jay Cutler
In Cutler’s second season as the Bears’ starting quarterback, and first with Mike Martz as offensive coordinator, the Vanderbilt graduate completed 60.4% of his passes for 3,294 yards, but threw more interceptions (16) than games played (15) during the regular season for the second consecutive year. Cutler is known for his strong throwing arm, but he actually attempted a higher percentage of his passes behind the line of scrimmage (11%) than any other quarterback in the league.
2 – Caleb Hanie
Hanie’s playoff performance against the Green Bay Packers brought the Bears within one possession of tying the eventual Superbowl Champions, but he attempted just seven passes during the regular season as the third-string quarterback behind Cutler and the now-departed Todd Collins.
3 – Matt Gutierrez
1 – Matt Forte
After a down year in 2009, Forte had a solid all-around season in 2010 posting a 15.9 overall PFF rating (sixth in the NFL) and rushing for over 1000 yards for the second time in his young career. Forte was also a significant receiving threat as quarterbacks targeted him on 15% of Chicago’s pass attempts (third highest rate on the Bears), amounting to 549 receiving yards (fourth best in the NFL among running backs) and a league leading three receiving touchdowns among running backs.
2 – Chester Taylor
Taylor was on the short end of the Bears’ running back committee this year, earning just 23% of the teams’ rushes. Taylor averaged just 2.5 YPC, but did score five rushing touchdowns.
3 – Kahlil Bell
Bell was not on the Bears’ roster during the 2010 season, but enters the season third on the depth chart with the departure of Garrett Wolfe.
4 – Harvey Unga
Unga, a seventh round draft pick by the Bears in 2010, did not play in 2010.
1 – Eddie Williams
1 – Johnny Knox
Knox was Chicago’s number one receiver in 2010 as he was targeted more times than any other Bears’ receiver (97) en route to five scores and 954 yards receiving. Knox did not catch a high percentage of his targets, reeling in just 50.5% of balls thrown his way, certainly a function of having zero targets behind the line of scrimmage.
2 – Earl Bennett
Bennett finished as Chicago’s best wide receiver according to PFF as he generated a 5.9 PFF rating and led the team in catch percentage hauling in 69.6% of his targets during the regular season. A former teammate of Jay Cutler at Vanderbilt, Bennett was targeted on 20.6% of his 319 pass routes during the regular season. Bennett’s best game of the 2010 season came in week 13 against the Detroit Lions as he caught seven balls for 100 yards, one of his two games with more than 75 yards receiving.
3 – Devin Hester
An explosive return man, Hester turned in a rather poor season as a receiver in 2010 in posting a -7.5 PFF rating and just two games with more than 50 yards receiving. Hester was targeted 71 times during the regular season, which represents a significant drop-off from 2009 and 2008 when he was thrown to 88 and 86 times, respectively, for a career-low 486 yards receiving.
4 – Andy Fantuz
5 – Onrea Jones
1 – Greg Olsen
Olsen was tied for the team lead with six receiving touchdowns, but saw a drop-off in his overall numbers from his 2009 season in which he had 612 yards and eight touchdowns on 105 targets. Olsen earned a 2.1 pass receiving grade from PFF in 2010, grading as the third-best receiver on the Bears despite being targeted on just 16.2% of his pass routes.
2 -Brandon Manumaleuna
Manumaleuna was almost always relegated to blocking duties this past season, although it’s unclear why as he graded as a well below average blocker (-29.3 PFF run and pass block rating), seeing just five targets in 2010.
3 – Kellen Davis
Davis played in 123 snaps in 2010, one of which was a pass thrown in his direction; a 19-yard touchdown reception. In 2009, Davis caught nine passes for 75 yards and three touchdowns.
1 – Robbie Gould
Gould was 25/30 on field goal attempts in 2010, including 18/19 inside 40 yards and 7/11 from beyond 40 yards. Gould did not miss an extra point in 35 tries.