Bears make the right decision on dump...

Bears make the right decision on dumping Bradley

There are 101 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 23, 2008, titled Bears make the right decision on dumping Bradley. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Remember when Bears coach Lovie Smith anointed Mark Bradley the team's No. 1 wide receiver back in February? The Bears probably would like to forget it.

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Corona, CA

#1 Sep 23, 2008
never could figure him out. there were times I thought he was going to break out and actually develop into something special. it appeared he could stretch the field too

Wayne, IL

#2 Sep 23, 2008
Too bad they didn't keep Rideau, he looked pretty good. As for Tommie Harris comments, isn't it about time for him to step up & earn his salary? So far this year he's been stealing.
PT from Oaktown

Palo Alto, CA

#3 Sep 23, 2008
So Dave,

When did he actually get a chance? I have watched every game in the past 5 years, and all I remember is him tearing up Detroit and his knee in the same game. Then he never gets another real look. They have to committ to him and develop him, he never got that. The coaches don't know how to evaluate talent. I mean Rashied Davis is not talented. He may be good in practice but is he really a threat in the passing game. Our staff sucks at evaluating and making decisions. They should hire me, a middle school soccer coach, I can tell you who can play or can't you either got it or you don't. THEY SUCK. Cut them. He will be a starter in this league. I mean we got Bradley, Wolffe, Olsen, Hester and Forte and we have never seen them in the same package, who is going to cover that speed? The Patriots or Colts would abuse people with those options, yet we have never seen that ever, instead we got Davis, Booker and Clark out there.

San Francisco, CA

#4 Sep 23, 2008
Yet another terrible draft pick by Jerry Angelo. When will the organization (if they care) come to realize that Angelo cannot draft well, please put someone else in charge. Just look back over Angelo's draft (since 2001), and you'll see how many picks were absolutely wasted on guys that are no longer in the league or are playing for other teams. You'd be hard pressed to find a succesful team (competing under a salary cap) that did not become good/great without building through the draft. A perfect example are the Colts. Look at their first round picks over the last decade; all players you've heard of, no busts, many pro bowlers, and couple future HOFs. Same thing can be said about the 80s Bears. Look at their drafts; absolutely stocked with great player, pro bowlers, and HOFs, and some of these guys were found in later rounds, too.(Note: please do not lock at the 90s drafts).

Drafting well and smart affords you the ability to stockpile talented and solid players at reasonable prices. When managing a team under a salary cap you cannot afford and don't have the ability to just "buy" a team (like the Yankees do in baseball).

So I looked at Angelo's 57 draft picks since 2001 (excluding the 2008 draft), 21 are still with the team, and of those 21, 11 players are from the 2007 and 2006 draft.

Angelo needs to fired and replaced in order for this team to suceed.

If you can stomach it take a look at their recent drafts. Take a look at the 80s if you need to cheer up.

Chicago, IL

#5 Sep 23, 2008
Bradley was another mistake by Jerry the Dope and Lovie the Mope.......

The Bears will show real maturity when they dump the stinking trainees
Jerry the Dope and Lovie the Mope.......

Cicero, IL

#6 Sep 23, 2008
One player left from the 2005 draft. How much money of the McCaskey's did Angelo waste on that draft class? That's the type of thing you think would get him fired.

You'd also think that guys drafted in 2005 - would be starting to reach their most productive years right now... Instead most of them are starting new careers.
STL Bears fan

Saint Louis, MO

#7 Sep 23, 2008
When are they going to Cut Angelo? His draft picks have been by and large dreadful and the main reason the Bears are now 3-4 years away from being competitive for a championship again. It's clear now after 5 drafts (or is it 6?) he has lost his touch. The reason the team is slow on Defense and inept on Offense is due to poor drafting that has dried up the talent level on the field. I hope the Chicago press continues to rail on this topic and runs him out. We need a GM that has an eye for talent and keeps the team supplied with good young talent. The Packers are the best at this in the NFC North and that is why they are set for the next few years and consistently competitive. The Bears are lucky that the Vikings and Lions are even worse than they are in drafting.
Mark G

Elmhurst, IL

#8 Sep 23, 2008
It's been easy to pin the last two losses on the defense easing up late, or Greg Olsen, or some other isolated incident but one thing that has been nagging at me is the relatively poor play and continuing inaccuracy of Mr. Only Player from 2005, Kyle Orton. I feel like if he had only played a little better these last two games, he could have picked up his teammates and we'd be 3 and 0. I also feel that if Rex had Forte behind him along with the re-energized D and O-Line, we might also be 3-0. The problem is the Bears might have lost that spark already with these two crushing losses

Chicago, IL

#9 Sep 23, 2008
Here's what the whole Mark Bradley thing told me: either (a) the Bears overrated him all this time and kept him around to avoid owning up to the mistake, or (b) he is a viable player but the Bears failed to develop him to be good enough to be on the field on Sundays.

Neither conclusion is good. And the release of Bradley per se does not provide any evidence that they have learnt any lessons. Just look at who they picked up upon Bradley's release... and how long he would stick around. At this point, it looks more like another cover-up, or consealers, as my wife would put it.

As for your hint about Bradley being disgruntled... if you were treated the same way, wouldn't you be a malcontent, too?

Speaking of being a malcontent, is it just me, or is every high profile Bears castoff that landed on another team ended up as solid contributor and comes back and leaves teeth marks on them? We have two in the last two weeks already. Chris Harris looked like a star.

Washington, IL

#10 Sep 23, 2008
Lemme see if I have this straight: with Devin Hester banged up, Rashied Davis dropping catchable balls on a regular basis, Marty Booker yet to show that he's got anything left in the tank, and no clear cut number one receiver on the team (Lloyd's still a maybe, depending on consistency), the Bears felt it was necessary to not only rid themselves of one of the two fastest receivers on the roster (second only to Hester), but to replace him with a seventh-round Cornerback who was just released by a team they just played whose secondary was less-than-impressive? Don't they already have four usable CBs (Peanut, Vasher, McBride, Graham) on the active roster, with another (Bowman) on the practice squad? Not to mention "swing" DB Manning, who can fill in at CB in a pinch? Has Jerry Angelo gone completely mad? If he had made this move in order to promote Rideau it would still be questionable, but at least he'd be addressing the actual problem. By instead grabbing up some no-name CB who likely won't get any playing time Jerry appears to be in serious denial, as usual.

Batavia, IL

#11 Sep 24, 2008
"These departures suggest the days have passed when the Bears let decisions from draft day guide decisions that affect game day."

Really boss? What about Garrett Wolfe? He's shorter than me!!

Kent, WA

#13 Sep 24, 2008
Dave: Mark Bradley was cut to bring in Marcus Hamilton; another defensive back. Don't give the Bears management any excuses. So, now you think that Rideau is going to come off the practice squad and catch Orton's mistimed, underthrown ducks. I thought you were getting better at writing Dave. Looks like you regressed. I said this team will implode by their bye week and so far they are not letting me down. Lovie and Angelo are on pace to make the raiders look like a functioning unit! When did Bradley get a chance. I could not cut a wide receiver from this team. Instead; I would give them bonus checks for playing with these No Talent, Bottom of the Barrel Quarterbacks they have on their team. Why don't they just cut Orton and Grossman right now! Wow this management team is horrendous. I'm glad your proud of having Bafoons run this team. I don't know how you can write for this team every day. They would through me out of the press conferences because I could not help but laugh at these guys for the crap they say! What will your article for tommorow read "show kindness to the Bears".

Rochester, MN

#14 Sep 24, 2008
Load up the clown bus and get Angelo and Lovie out of here. I know the ownership is adverse to eating salaries, but if you think about the amount invested in all these wasted draft picks, dumping these idiots would be a bargain in the long run. They are destroying this team. Is Dick Jauron available? Oh that's right, he's busy right now at 3-0. He's not a Jerry guy.

Chicago, IL

#15 Sep 24, 2008
i like football. it is nice. mark bradley is nice. i like pizza.

Pasadena, MD

#16 Sep 24, 2008
Unfortunately we, the fans, continue to sell out Soldier Field and buy marketing merchandise which this ownership/business primarily views as being successful. The only true way a message can be sent is by the dollars. Why havenít we fielded a franchise quarterback? I look at Greenbay that prepared for Farve exit by using a 20+ pick to get Rodgers which make all of our QBís since Jim Miller look like JV QBís. The offense and the defense are horrible. We can not sustain a game winning drive nor stop one? Two weeks in a row, it is 3rd and 2 or 3rd and 1 and we can not continue to run the clock down? Lovie needs to get some control over his coordinators and put some fire under them which in turn will light up the players or sit them on the bench. I liked Bradley but he seemed to be banged up a lot and it seems they did not play him much. If he goes somewhere else and become a decent player, I know it is the bears doing. Chris Harris playing great, Muhammad playing better, Griese throwing for 400 yards, even John Gilmore contributed for the Bucs last week? There is something wrong hereÖ I say bring in Rivera and Singletary or even Da Coach! It seems we missed out on Harbaugh who had taken a rookie and is being successful.

United States

#17 Sep 24, 2008
you don't seem to be taking the bears organization to task for their draft performance. in fact the media has been quite reluctant to deconstruct the Personnel decisions of this regime. Wonder why?


#18 Sep 24, 2008
i am with john. i like pizza too. it is nice.
Peter Q

Chicago, IL

#19 Sep 24, 2008
David, you might call it organizational maturity...but a better description would be organizational confusion. The Bears haven't progressed; all they've shown is that they still can't evaluate offensive talent. Bring back Mike Hass!

Niles, MI

#20 Sep 24, 2008
So, the Bears seemed to have owned up to the fact Bradley was a bust. But can we really call it progress?... Let's remember that if Fraudric Benson didn't get too drinky in the off season, Angelo and Smith would still be force-feeding him down our throats as the starting running back. And we'd still be seeing two-yard gains and a fall straight down the minute someone hit him. Think twice before proclaiming Angelo and the Bears have "wised up." They still treat offense as a necessary evil, a place-holder... and it's still third in priority behind defense and special teams.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#21 Sep 24, 2008
The Bears have become a stand-up comedians punching bag.

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