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Chicago Bears just don't have the pieces to land Anquan Boldin

There are 79 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 16, 2009, titled Chicago Bears just don't have the pieces to land Anquan Boldin. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Adding wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the Bears offense would make the most improved team in the NFC even better and revive legitimate Super Bowl conversation around Chicago.

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#61 Apr 17, 2009
SC Dave wrote:
Matt Forte is the best we've had since Neal Anderson, and I'm confident that within two more years at the outside, we'll all be replacing "Neal Anderson" with "Walter" in that phrase.
The Bears would be ABSOLUTELY INSANE to trade Forte. There is *no way in hell* that Boldin is worth Forte.
I agree.
Mgray

Atlanta, GA

#62 Apr 17, 2009
Trade Urlacker 4 Boldin.
Straight up.
Dan

Denver, CO

#63 Apr 17, 2009
As one of the brand new Denver based Bear fans I offer this thought. Do not break the bank to get Boldin. I think you are going to be shocked by how much better receivers get with a QB like Jay. It is a combination of hitting players in stride and dramatically increasing the size of the field that has to be covered. Much has been made of the the quality of Jay's receivers (Royal/Marshall) in Denver. Eddie Royal was a rookie last year who was drafted to be primarily a returner. Marshall was a late 4th round pick. Who made who look good --- I say it was Jay.
SDS

West Chicago, IL

#64 Apr 17, 2009
RBs, especialy ones that you have carry the ball as much as Forte did last year wear down faster than WRs. I'm not advocating trading Forte, all I'm saying is that is the type of player they'll have to give up. A 31 year-old LB on the downside of his career isn't going to get it done.
LiferBearFan

Vista, CA

#65 Apr 17, 2009
Interesting to think about, but the last sentence is the heart of the matter. Cutler's ability in tandem with the receivers we have is, in itself, a huge upgrade over where the Bears have been in at least 8 years. I don't think the Bears need for receivers equals the cost required to get it done.
Gay Cutler

Denver, CO

#66 Apr 17, 2009
Now that you have a pillow-biter at QB don't be hatin'. He reminds me of Favre....throwing ill-timed interceptions after locking on a receiver for the whole play when the game is on the line. Thats why McHoodie let him go, plain as day when you watch the tapes. BEARS GOT FLEECED AGAIN!!!!! LMFAO
Amerdica

Cincinnati, OH

#67 Apr 17, 2009
I think a package of Hester, a 2nd, 3rd, and maybe one of the bears young defensive players, Marcus Harrison, Vasher, or maybe ogunleye
Jerry

Chicago, IL

#68 Apr 17, 2009
Bears...Superbowl

You're a homer...

Boldin...better than Braylon Edwards

You're insane....

Bears got a good quarterback...he's certainly not going to help cover Bernard Berrian when he gets wide open up the sideline for a record-breaking touchdown.

No further comment on Edwards...there's nothing I can add...
Kirk

Dacula, GA

#69 Apr 17, 2009
What might we still have if Angie got something for Berrian instead of giving him away for bupkis?
The JJ

San Francisco, CA

#70 Apr 17, 2009
Trade Hester and some picks.
Hester will not be an elite returner as long as he is a receiver too. AZ can make Hester a returner and a gimmick offensive player and both sides win. They get a pro-bowl returner and we get a pro-bowl WR.
Thankyou

Staten Island, NY

#71 Apr 17, 2009
SC Dave wrote:
Matt Forte is the best we've had since Neal Anderson, and I'm confident that within two more years at the outside, we'll all be replacing "Neal Anderson" with "Walter" in that phrase.
The Bears would be ABSOLUTELY INSANE to trade Forte. There is *no way in hell* that Boldin is worth Forte.
Thank you! I was shocked myself to see that people was suggesting Forte in a trade! Matt Forte may not remind me of the greatest of all time "Sweetness" but his vision and hands reminds me of Marshall Faulk. Plus, we get to keep all that skill for a cap friendly second round price for another couple of seasons. All superbowl champs have a big three, a solid QB, A good runningback and a good #1 reciever. Why trade a good runningback for a good widereciever if it fills a void at the WR position but leaves one in the RB position? If Angelo was better at finding offensive players late in the draft then I would say yes. As it stands, he needs to ride his luck on Forte so he doesn't draft another Cedric Benson!
SDS

West Chicago, IL

#72 Apr 17, 2009
I think a lot of you should read what is being posted and not just overreact. I don't think anyone is saying trade Forte - what is being said is that is probably the only player the Bears have who would interest the Cards. Their running game is weak. Otherwise, they are going to want the picks, not our castoffs. There are people actually suggesting that Desmond Clark should be in demand.

The only way the deal would make sense is if there was a RB in the 2nd or 3rd round that Angelo was in love with. I think Forte is a good back, but lets not forget he didn't even average 4.0 ypc last season... Let's see what he does in year two before we start comparing him to one of the Bears best and maybe the all-time best.

I think the biggest question is why has there been no movement to bring anyone in at WR? Even if they are happy with Bennett and Hester (and I can't believe they are)... They have one guy who has never really played and one guy who converted to the position. That's it? Even if you draft someone, they might not be ready right away. Why not bring in a couple of the FAs left and see who sticks?
Dan

Denver, CO

#73 Apr 17, 2009
Gay Cutler wrote:
Now that you have a pillow-biter at QB don't be hatin'. He reminds me of Favre....throwing ill-timed interceptions after locking on a receiver for the whole play when the game is on the line. Thats why McHoodie let him go, plain as day when you watch the tapes. BEARS GOT FLEECED AGAIN!!!!!****
Of course you are referring to a future Hall of Fame and Super Bowl winning QB Brett Favre. Go back down to the basement and your Mom will let you know when your Mac and Cheese is ready.
Jimi

Anderson, IN

#74 Apr 18, 2009
Small minded as usual. This is Chicago, we can't do that! We can't make consecutive moves like the big boys. We can't be on the elite level. We just tryin to get along. We got one star to keep the money flowin the Chicago way. We good. Right little dave?
Paul

Oak Forest, IL

#75 Apr 18, 2009
ldc wrote:
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A solid QB can make due with OK receivers. But the best WRs will struggle with mediocre QBs.
I also think Hester will improve this year, because he will actually have a QB that can him him in stride deep, or lead him on slants.
Will he catch? Bears fans are so stupid because the Bears have no wideouts. Who are opposing teams going to gameplan for?

Who is Cutler going to throw to, himself. Let see Cutler will lineup under Center wearing rocket propelled missile launcher so that after he trows the ball then he only has to push a button and then he can catch the ball.

I'm a Bears fan and by no means are the Bears a top echelon team.

No pass rush and most of all No Wideouts.

Look at the stats and the Bears were close to the bottom in Defense and almost last in Pass Defense.

Cutler will be like everyother Bears QB until the Bears are start develop skilled position players.....
Jack Reed

Arlington Heights, IL

#76 Apr 19, 2009
I think there should now be a big push from both the fans AND the press for the Bears to go out and sign a quality free agent wide receiver. I heard the Jags are "close to a deal " for Holt. Wht aren't we hearing the BEARS making a counter offer for him? Is it top secret that the Bears are looking for a receiver? It is almost like there is a news blackout about the situation. Most everyone agrees the Bears need to sign a veteran receiver-WHY is there being nothing written about this?
G Halpin

Castle Rock, CO

#77 Apr 19, 2009
I like Boldin, ex-FSU player, but he is not a #1 receiver. He's a great, possibly the best #2 in NFL, but don't fool yourself into believing he's the answer. Holt is a better #1 than Boldin. If they had chance to get both, that would be huge. Holt could stretch the D, Boldin tough on short yardage and yards after the catch.`
BEARSFAN4EVER

Dallas, TX

#78 Apr 19, 2009
Creighton wrote:
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Ok until proven wrong you think the Bears are a running team, Is that right?
Ok well in order to be a running team you have to run the ball more than you pass the ball.
Last year the Bears attempted to pass the ball 528 times. They attempted to run the ball 434 times.
Well there you have it, proof they are a passing team. You know there these things called stats that will tell you things like this. Go to NFL. com and see for yourself.
If you want futher proof they are passing team in 2007 the passed the ball 569 times to only 423 rushing attempts.
Ok you asked to be proven wrong and I proved you wrong. What did I win? Is it like a free Super Bowl Shuffle DVD? Or maybe even a Cutler Jersey?
Man dawg if you were a True Bears fan u would know that the Bears are a Running team...the fact that you can research stats means nothing. What some people fail to realize is; that even though you have a certain philosophy about how you want to play the game it not going to happen that way. You have to play he game according to how the opposing team is defending you if a team want to put 8/9 men in the box to stop the run..of course that becomes a passing situation and a lot of teams played the bears that way. Now, If Hester becomes 1 on 1 w/ any DB 99% of the time he's going to win the battle and just simpl outrun them down-field..and we have a QB who could throw deep w/accuracy! No knock against Orton because I think orton is a very good QB. But yeah, instead of studying stats try learning the game of football a little better!
Domino49

Chicago, IL

#79 May 2, 2009
Creighton wrote:
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Ok until proven wrong you think the Bears are a running team, Is that right?
Ok well in order to be a running team you have to run the ball more than you pass the ball.
Last year the Bears attempted to pass the ball 528 times. They attempted to run the ball 434 times.
Well there you have it, proof they are a passing team. You know there these things called stats that will tell you things like this. Go to NFL. com and see for yourself.
If you want futher proof they are passing team in 2007 the passed the ball 569 times to only 423 rushing attempts.
Ok you asked to be proven wrong and I proved you wrong. What did I win? Is it like a free Super Bowl Shuffle DVD? Or maybe even a Cutler Jersey?
Perhaps you are new to pro football analysis. The Chicago Bears, the NFL team, not the Playstation 3 team, are a running team, by tradition, and by choice. Ask their coach..Oh, wait..he ONLY says that EVERY interview.

REALLY...??? REALLY...!!!

You didn't factor into your rather, uh, youthful opinions "real game situations" such as field position, down and distance, no lead in the last 5 minutes of the game and Forte's mid-season injury that kept the Bears from featuring the run as much as they had PLANNED.

Perhaps you also overlooked the fact that their RB's lead the team's WR's and TE's in receptions. AND, last but not least, MR. STATS, take a look at where RB Matt Forte places in carries and yards vs. 2008's top 10 NFL RB's, despite a mid-season injury.

Perhaps you can explain your "statistical analysis" to Matt Forte when you visit him at his home during your "Madden Nation" cameo.

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