Don't assume all is well - or wrong - with Bears

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Getting the Bears back into playoff contention will require making assumptions about certain players, coaches and philosophies.
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Joel

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Dec 29, 2008
 
I agree that we are not far off. If we sign TJ and Haynesworth we add valuable pieces to both sides of the field. We need to draft Taylor Mays or Rey Meneleuga. We really lost this year due to bad play calling.
Ryan

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#2
Dec 29, 2008
 
I agree with getting a wr. However the Chicago "Cheap" Bears won't get T.J or Boldin so don't get excited. I think they should draft Maclin from MO. Maybe scoop up a OL in free agency. I also highly agree with Tillman moving to FS. I still think he ccould play CB if we needed him too, but maybe on #2 wr's??? Good article. NO extentions to anyone, but Alex Brown should never have lost his starting job. Why change something that was working.Anderson just rushes straight up the field not towards the qb?!?!?dum dum
Chuck D of Valpo

Valparaiso, IN

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#4
Dec 29, 2008
 
Faulty assumption: Grass is the best playing surface, when the new and improved artificial turf will hold up better as the season gets longer.
Realistic approach: Bring back the Honey Bears.
brian

Chicago, IL

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#6
Dec 29, 2008
 
Larry wrote:
Chicago have some of the worst sports writers in the country. Chicago sports writers like David Haugh makes me wanna puke.
seconded!
a mediocre article at best. this 'faulty assumptions' trick you've got here really just points out the obvious truth. no creative thinking or analysis here.

that said, my biggest doubts about the bears are about the defense. there are too many good players to allow this much bending and breaking. i got tired of seeing opposing receivers run posts/slants with impunity all year.

this defensive group might be getting old, urlacher in particular. it'll be just another chicago sports tragedy if he (and to a much lesser extent mike brown) don't get their super bowl rings. i think the bears might have to start thinking about getting another linebacker prepared to take over in a few years...it's depressing to think of how close to greatness this defense was just a few years ago.... i mean, what happened to tillman and 'the interceptor' vasher?

and i agree with what others have said, keep mike brown in this organization SOMEHOW, if not as a player (thru incentive-laden contracts), than as a coach.
reallyturner

Des Plaines, IL

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#7
Dec 29, 2008
 
you can say turner came out the gate quickly showing the offense was well prepared but then couldn't you also say that with the last ranked offense for scoring in the fourth quarter shows that he doesn't know how to adapt
oswell

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#8
Dec 29, 2008
 
Faulty assumption: Everything Haugh disagrees with is wrong. Realistic approach: Haughs way of saying "your guess isn't as good as mine." In summary don't assume everything Haugh writes about the bears is wrong, unless you are interested in being right more often than not.
windycity1950

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#9
Dec 29, 2008
 
Agree with need for WR, and given my love hate relationship with the Bears, I can't stand either quarterback. Went to school at Purdue when Brees and Orton were there, and Orton is definitely not someone I have faith in. And Grossman....the guy is a flake, the Bears need something better here, and it pisses me off that they haven't done anything about this.
teepee

Palatine, IL

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#10
Dec 29, 2008
 
What a waste of time reading this article. I can sum it all up in three words ... The Bears stink!
Dino

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#11
Dec 30, 2008
 
Quarterback was not the problem when Grossman was the starter nor is it now with Orton. The WR's all suck including Hester (I forgot about how to return kicks!) The offensive line can't open up running holes against even medicore defenses. The defensive line cant stop the run unless there's an 8 man front and the corners cant cover anyone decent without help. The stupid corners cant cover anyone without help and the linebackers cant figure out who to help more...the line or the corners which is why their always running back and forth.
JG in SC

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#12
Dec 30, 2008
 
All you junior-grade wanna-bloggers need to relax...

The Bears aren't nesessarily cheap; they just don't know how to spend when they do open their checkbook. The off-season deals for over-hyped talent would have been better put to use in rebuilding. Coming close to making the playoffs means nothing if they weren't going to get past the first game anyway.
Joel

Denver, CO

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#13
Dec 30, 2008
 
Overall I think David Haugh nails it with these fairly obvious issues with the Bears overall. The problem is that the Bears will yet again fail at addressing these issues once again this offseason. These are the same issue since the superbol letdown in 2006. Chicago Fans deserve the best and it is disappointing that far to often settle for mediocracy. Furthermore, this franchise is very stubborn to change and far to often are stuck in tradition vs adaptation to modern football i.e. a running fooball team with very little committment to being a more ballanced offensive where ooponents actually need to worry (game plan) about the pass offense of the Bears.

I also disgree with assumtion # 6, KO has been better than expected but there is no doubt that there are some real flaws to his game that were glaring in the second half regardless of the bum ankle. The Bears could easily upgrade him by bringing in someone like Matt Cassells.
Joel

Denver, CO

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#14
Dec 30, 2008
 
This team also lacks the killer instinct and continues to show that the do not have the heart to go put teams away early. Instead they far to often put take their foot of the "gas" and litteraly get stuck in nuetral and usually find urgency again too little too late! This organization lacks the very most admirable trait of coaching style of Bill Bellichick in NE: the Killer instict!
Bob Mallory

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#15
Dec 30, 2008
 
WindyCity you are right on the nose. You cannot win a Super Bowl with QB's that rank in the bottom half of pro football. As far as WR's, the Bears let two get away (Berian & Gage) that are leading their teams (Vikings & Titans) into the playoffs.
windycity1950 wrote:
Agree with need for WR, and given my love hate relationship with the Bears, I can't stand either quarterback. Went to school at Purdue when Brees and Orton were there, and Orton is definitely not someone I have faith in. And Grossman....the guy is a flake, the Bears need something better here, and it pisses me off that they haven't done anything about this.
wow ur lame

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#16
Dec 30, 2008
 
wow, give turner a raise huh? sometimes i think the bears pay the media to say this sh-t, classic chicago sports, whenever we have a few years like this i think wow they must be ready to do some off season cleaning, new WR, new cordinators, some line on both sides. and like clock work every time its like they try and brain wash us into thinking not much needs to change and that "he higher ups need more money because look what they did with no talent" well then whos getting fired for not bringing in the talent??????? my god i feel like im taking crazy pills being a bears/cubs/bulls fan
faulty assumption

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#17
Dec 30, 2008
 
Faulty Assumption: David Haugh has a clue.

Realistic approach: Get a QB in the offseason. Kyle Orton is who we thought he was. Talk of him improving "magically" during an offseason just because he is handed the job of number 1 is foolish. The guy cannot connect on passes past 10 yards. That is why the receivers like Hester are limited on this team.
ChuckInWichita

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#18
Dec 30, 2008
 
I think I agree with the person who said "The Bears just stink"!!!

The Bears will never be a consistant winner until they find a real QB. They haven't had a real QB since McMann, IMHO.
smith

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#19
Dec 30, 2008
 
In this town we're so used to bad QBs that when a player like Orton is adequate we think he's the next coming of Luckman. I'm not saying they should break the bank for a new QB, but they should address this situation as if it's a need. QB is the most important position on the roster and the Bears have to start treating it that way. I'm sure Orton is a swell guy who works hard, but the fact that he isn't the answer at QB should be obvious to anyone. Signing him long term is just signing up for more mediocrity.
Alex

Chicago, IL

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#20
Dec 30, 2008
 
Dave Stop skirting the real problem..........

Lovie can't make adjustments during the game and he can't evaluate talent.....he is a stinking trainee who is not a head coach.

The defensive co-ordinator and line coach must be fired today.
Hebs

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#21
Dec 30, 2008
 
First thing first... If the Bears can sign Nnamdi Asomugha (OAK), they need to. I'd even be willing to give up a 1st round pick for him. He's the best corner in the league, and has shutdown every receiver he's gone against in MAN coverage. If we cut the field in half every game, we would greatly increase our defense.

Second, Get off of Cassell already... He's not that good of a QB... He's a product of the system. Besides, with Brady's progress way behind schedule, the Patriots won't give him up this offseason. They'll franchise tag him.

If we don't get Asomugha, I'd like to see them sign a big name WR, but that won't happen. This means they need to go for 1 in the first round unless Crabtree, Maclin and Heyward-Bey are all gone. For the love of GOD, please don't draft Percy Harvin... we already have Devin Hester and we don't need another unpolished hybrid wideout. We need a dominate #1 that will force teams to go man on Hester, which will greatly improve his effectiveness.

Realistically, we're 2 draft years away from having enough talent on both sides of the ball without the help of some big name free agency picks... and that's IF we draft well. We need to draft a few more O-lineman and trade Anderson, Wolf, Williams (the LB not LT), and Peterson and keep Kevin Jones.

btw, Who else still regrets getting rid of Chris Harris??

The Bears need to continue building on the Offensive side of the ball, and change up the scheme on the Defensive side. The D players have the skills,(minus the starting corners) The only reason we were all dooped into believing we had good corners was because we had a pass rush that forced out early balls.

They won't be good enough to win a Superbowl next year if they get the right pieces, but they should be capable within a few...
Jeffery58

Albuquerque, NM

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#22
Dec 30, 2008
 
I'm not sure Turner deserves that much credit. After all, affter getting out of the gate quickly, the offense tended to sputter as defenses made adjustments to Turner's scheme.

The defenseive scheme stinks, which brings up another faulty assumption: Babich is a good defensive coordinator. The corners play too deep, the defense is not very aggressive...can't blame it all on the D-line. Did you see the way the Eagles defense swarmed the Cowboys...reminded me of the 85 Bears...complete and utter domination. Are there any Jim Johnson proteges out there?

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