Bears' plans should not include Chad ...

Bears' plans should not include Chad Johnson

There are 34 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 17, 2008, titled Bears' plans should not include Chad Johnson. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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BEARZNUT

Dane, WI

#1 Apr 18, 2008
Well David I think your right on this one, The Bears don't need anybody who thinks only of himself. Plus Rex and Kyle don't need someone like him around when you have Booker ,Bradley,Clark,Olsen, Hester! We all know this will be a different season! Hopefully a winning one even if you writers don't think so. Bears go 12-4 and so on to the play offs
John

United States

#2 Apr 18, 2008
This guy is a bum and deserves to just sit on the bench until his contract expires. Don't let him participate in practice or do anything. It is time that the NFL recognize players like these and put them in their place.
John

Saratoga Springs, NY

#3 Apr 18, 2008
Mr.Haugh, are you kiddin me, Chad Johnson would be great with the bears, the only reason he's being the way he is with the Bengles is because he wants to be on a team that has a chance to win a superbowl, Have you ever played the sport or have u been one of those nerdy kids who gets A's all throught school and complains about the football players and how much money they get? And for the locker room thing maybe the bears need someone like that to come in and say "Give me the ball and I'll take you to the promise land" I think it would be great to have Ocho Cinco on the team is the best reciver out there by the numbers and him and hester would make a great team together, The bears need someone to come in and shake things up and get into peoples faces if their not doin there job..And for your comment on Johnson looking for a payday, you havnt heard anything the guy says cause he has said it many times that he just wants to be on a team that has a chance to win the big games, and i cant see where else the Chi-Town, and he has 4 yrs left on his contract, so that means we have 3 yrs left to get him a new deal and if it dont work out then it dont, Angelo needs to take a chance with him to make up for his bust in benson, So, please Mr.Haugh get your facts right before you try to put someonme down, esdpically a start like Johnson
Clayton Shultz

Morristown, IN

#4 Apr 18, 2008
Yes there is risk. But the reward could greater than the risk. Johnson is one of the hardest working players on the field that the NFL has to offer. But again this would be taking a chance and Angelo and the Bears have proven that taking chances are not what they do. Go for it WR's of this caliber do not come around this often.
John

Saratoga Springs, NY

#5 Apr 18, 2008
Booker ,Bradley,Clark,Olsen, Hester please BEARZNUT, Clark is too old so is Booker Olsen is a T.E. and still learning, Hester is a return guy not a WR Bradley is ok but not as good as Johnson, So, where does that leave us, again with nothin but hester to score on KR/PR
big-O

Saint Charles, IL

#6 Apr 18, 2008
The guy is nothing but a cancer. Having him around would make it unbearable for everyone. Stay away from him. Lot more important to have a team player than an egotisical lout like him.
bwaap

Oak Park, IL

#7 Apr 18, 2008
Only if you're a big fan of cancer.

He's a turd.
Tom

Menomonee Falls, WI

#8 Apr 18, 2008
I hope the Bears stay away from this guy. Look at the situation with the Bengals. They have not won anything while Johnson has been on the team. However, there is no shortage of controversy with all the on-field and off-field behavior issues with that team.
Rich7408

Hays, KS

#9 Apr 18, 2008
Well Mr. Haugh, Did you get all "A"s in school? Its plain that John from Albany N.Y. didn't, especially in english class.
Concerned

Rapid City, SD

#10 Apr 18, 2008
I dont think that Chicago needs to have the turmoil that Johnson would bring to the table. He is just another version of T.O. and I think we would end up like the Niners or the Eagles in that regard. I am not excited about the offensive players we have either, but bringing in a player like Johnson with all of his media hype and temper tantrums is going to turn the team inside out. We dont have the supporting cast to make it work. If there was a dynamic offense on the field for the Bears then I MAYBE would be open to the idea. We all know the offense is bad so do we really need one of our own announcing it day after day? Lets start with the draft and get active in next year's free agency so we can get offense to compliment the defense. Perhaps "Oucho" should focus on being a team guy named Chad Johnson and recognize he has a superior offense to play on now. He is definitely not the cure for the Bears.
Far Northsider

Milwaukee, WI

#11 Apr 18, 2008
I'm normally an advocate for avoiding the trouble guys and focusing on good team players with team chemistry in mind, but I'm going to set aside that default for Chad Johnson. This guy has inhuman pass catching ability. Drafting WRs is the biggest shot in the dark there is. And this re-committing to the run idea is nonsense. Teams need a balance of run abnd pass. One begets the other. It is time Chicago had a star on offense. It has been a long time since Payton. I'm sick of the Bears never really going for the gold. This is there chance. Besides, Johnson may have attitude, but he stays out of trouble off the field, which we all know is hard for Cincy players. That says something positive about him right there.
Kamikaze

Rensselaer, IN

#12 Apr 18, 2008
Even though he has been acting like a crybaby recently, I think that Johnson would be a great addition for the Bears. I mean come on. Who the heck really wants to play in Cincinnati. That team has had more off the field problems than any team in the NFL. Pacman Jones would have an average criminal record if he was on that team. Johnson would fulfill a need for the Bears (in a big way) so that they could concentrate on other positions (OT, OG, DT, RB).
I don't always agree with David Haugh's perspective, however he is a very smart man. From what I have heard he was either a valedictorian or saluatorian of his high school and he was an academic all-american at Ball State. He played safety at Ball State, while he also ended his high school career as the state of Indiana's all-time leading receiver. I'm not saying this makes him a great journalist, but it does mean that he has a good athletic and academic background. By the way, David Haugh didn't pay me to write this, nor does he even know who I am.
northside mike

Chicago, IL

#13 Apr 18, 2008
Urlacher for Johnson is a no brainer. Let's get this deal done!
RICHARD j DALEY

Chicago, IL

#14 Apr 18, 2008
god i hate u david haugh u need to cover another team cus u sir are not a good bears beat writer please stop hating on us and encourage the trade for a top 5 player in the nfl
J Seville

Vernon Hills, IL

#15 Apr 18, 2008
BEARZNUT wrote:
Well David I think your right on this one, The Bears don't need anybody who thinks only of himself. Plus Rex and Kyle don't need someone like him around when you have Booker ,Bradley,Clark,Olsen, Hester! We all know this will be a different season! Hopefully a winning one even if you writers don't think so. Bears go 12-4 and so on to the play offs
You insane, bears are luck to win 6 games with the scedule they have. Now with the latest drama with Brain U., the team captain is not setting the tone after a heartbreaking season. Signing chad johnson would be great. Trade Brian for a QB, maybe Quinn from the browns. Draft some O Line and try to get dude from Illinois.
J Seville

Vernon Hills, IL

#16 Apr 18, 2008
Concerned wrote:
I dont think that Chicago needs to have the turmoil that Johnson would bring to the table. He is just another version of T.O. and I think we would end up like the Niners or the Eagles in that regard. I am not excited about the offensive players we have either, but bringing in a player like Johnson with all of his media hype and temper tantrums is going to turn the team inside out. We dont have the supporting cast to make it work. If there was a dynamic offense on the field for the Bears then I MAYBE would be open to the idea. We all know the offense is bad so do we really need one of our own announcing it day after day? Lets start with the draft and get active in next year's free agency so we can get offense to compliment the defense. Perhaps "Oucho" should focus on being a team guy named Chad Johnson and recognize he has a superior offense to play on now. He is definitely not the cure for the Bears.
So brian and Lance's drama is ok with you???
Jim R

United States

#17 Apr 18, 2008
Make this deal immediately. let's be real here. The Bears D is good enough to win a Superbowl, however this window is closing. The Bears NEED someone of CJ's calibur to legitimize this offense. Will it solve all our problems, no. but it will certainly help the rest of the receiving corp with 85 on the field. Then the Bears can concentrate on signing Tommie, Hester and Urlacher. In next week's draft, they load up on the O-line and grab a RB.

instant contender. I'd be happy if they gave up their 1st rounder for Johnson. He is better than anyone in this years draft.
Joe in Minnesnowta

Eden Prairie, MN

#18 Apr 18, 2008
We should take Chad in a heartbeat. He produces on the field and that's all that should matter. We had good lockerroom and team chemistry this year and look what it got us! And with our running game a threat at the reciever position should only help it. That prima donna stuff is overrated anyway, if it hurt teams so much why are there so many in the NFL? Sign him and at least we have something that resembles a real offense. Besides, the bulls won 3 championships with arguably professional sports' worst headcase Denis Rodman.
Concerned

Rapid City, SD

#19 Apr 18, 2008
J Seville wrote:
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So brian and Lance's drama is ok with you???
No its not okay with me. It is sad and ultimately sucks. You are right to question Urlacher's leadership when he is now following in line with Briggs. I am sure that it was a terrible ordeal for all the fans and other players to endure and now it continues. But, you think that bringing in Chad Johnson with all his nonsense will help the situation? Did you have any idea how miserable he would be and hence the rest of the team would have to suffer? You are right that Chad Johnson is a spectacular talent. However, so was TO so go ask the Philly phans how they feel about him?
J Seville

Vernon Hills, IL

#20 Apr 18, 2008
Concerned wrote:
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No its not okay with me. It is sad and ultimately sucks. You are right to question Urlacher's leadership when he is now following in line with Briggs. I am sure that it was a terrible ordeal for all the fans and other players to endure and now it continues. But, you think that bringing in Chad Johnson with all his nonsense will help the situation? Did you have any idea how miserable he would be and hence the rest of the team would have to suffer? You are right that Chad Johnson is a spectacular talent. However, so was TO so go ask the Philly phans how they feel about him?
The difference being is that chad doesnt want to be a leader. You have Brian who is the team captain, and is already setting a horrible example to all his players. He is basically saying that if your not happy with your contract, then you can throw a hissy fit and cry. I mean seriously, if you or I did that at work, then we would be canned. At least 85 comes to play. His biggest problem is his mouth and his theatrics, but hey, id rather have that then some 30 year old overrated LB complaining about his contract. This bears team is in the rebuilding process and is a huge mess. He is no michael Jordan, nor will ever be. He is the lead of THIS team and should act accordingly. If there is gonna be drama, Id rather have 85 causing drama, then a team leader that could inspire others to get out of focus and throw temper-tantrums when they dont get there way. But besides running his mouth, correct me if im wrong, but 85 runs his mouth against other players. He doesnt hold out and cry when someone else makes more money. Although as I said I could be wrong. Im just extremely dissapointed at the Team Role Model. He should of acted better. DUmp him.

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