Chicago Bears can win without controversial receivers

Forget whether Plaxico Burress may get suspended for as many as eight games next season or if Brandon Marshall is even attainable for a Bears team that has too few high draft picks left to offer in a trade. Full Story
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Dan

Denver, CO

#1 Jun 17, 2009
Brandon Marshall caught 20 passes his rookie year, when Jake Plummer was QB.The next 2 years he caught over 100 each. Eddie Royal was drafted to be a kick returner for the Broncos and in his rookie year he caught 91 passes. Maybe it is a coincidence that Jay was their QB when they overachieved or maybe not.
insane packer mauler

Chicago, IL

#2 Jun 17, 2009
get plaxico, win superbowl or three,the end
Steve

Mayfield, KY

#3 Jun 17, 2009
If the Bears landed Brandon Marshall, that would almost be like icing on the cake.
Greg

Ellensburg, WA

#4 Jun 17, 2009
This is overblown: "There is little doubt Burress could help make the Bears record better. But can anybody guarantee he won't make his own criminal record worse during any stay in Chicago? ".

You can't GUARANTEE that about anyone, so you (mis)used a statement that is impossible to contest to make an exaggerated claim about someone's history and character. Buress may be a "me first" receiver, but not a habitual criminal. The fact that he was walking around with a gun and managed to shoot himself belies a LACK of experience doing this kind of thing.

Otherwise, pretty good article - i wouldn't touch marshall with a 10' poll. He IS a habitual criminal.
Puba

Tinley Park, IL

#5 Jun 17, 2009
"Their defense full of veterans who underachieved the past two years just finished its hungriest off-season since before the 2006 Super Bowl run."

Wait a minute... What on earth is a "hungry off-season," Haugh? Are you basing your optimism about this year's defense on the fact that they've been kind of bad for the last couple of years?
Chris

Albany, GA

#6 Jun 17, 2009
Greg, Burress is an habitual criminal. Do your homework.
Anonymous

Chicago, IL

#7 Jun 17, 2009
I am going to get shit for this but whatever. This was the problem with the Kyle Orton trade. They gave up their first round pick for Jay Cutler. The reason the Bears didn't make the playoffs had nothing to do with Orton. In fact I would Argue that Orton and Matt Forte were responsible for them getting 9 wins. The reason they didn't make the playoffs was because they had a terrible defense and no real offensive weapons for Orton outside of Forte and Greg Olsen. Think about how this team would look with Jeremy Maclin on it. As someone who saw him play in college I can tell you that he will probably be a Pro Bowl receiver and returner. People like to forget that through the first half of the season last year Orton was one of the best QB's in football. He got hurt and the Bears rushed him back. It was pretty obvious that he struggled because he was hurt. Another reason he wasn't as good as he could have been was because he didn't have shit to throw to. When Devin Hester is your number one receiver you have problems. While I think he could eventually become a solid receiver last year was his first complete year as a wide receiver. It showed as he dropped a lot of passes. In fact before his injury Orton had a higher QB rating than Cutler. Just think about the numbers Orton might put up if he had the kind of receivers that Cutler had last year or if he had that offensive line. I hate that Bears fans and the media were talking about Jay Cutler like they finally got "real QB" and now everything is ok.
VandyCutler

United States

#8 Jun 17, 2009
I like what Mort said from ESPN. The Bears receivers are already looking better with Cutler than last year.

Godspeed Cutler and the Bears!
Crazy Bear Fan

Matteson, IL

#9 Jun 17, 2009
Bear fans I was watching the Stallworth situation because it will definitely affect Burress.

While I think Stallwoth was wrong as "Peter Cotton Tail on Christmas" for being intoxicated while driving thus hitting, and killing someone I do not think he is a bad person he just made a grave mistake the same could be said for Burress.

That being said I wonder what the commissioner may do as far as a sentence is concerned. Because if he gives Stallworth 6 - 8 games he has to give Burres at least 4 - 6 games. I would expect his agent to appeal and maybe 1 to 2 games is remanded by the union.

If my theory were correct, I would sign him if I were the Bears on this possibility alone because missing him for four games want hurt as much as six to eight. Give him an incentive base contract tied into games played and it is a no brainer.
MikeMcD

Philadelphia, PA

#10 Jun 17, 2009
Yeah Anonymous, you are gonna catch **** for that. Did you watch any games over the past two years? I want to say that at least five times Devin Hester got a good 5+ yards of separation and then Orton made a terrible throw. Or how bout when Berrian had about 7 yards of separation against Minnesota two years ago and Orton just badly underthrew him and Sharper came out of nowhere to pick it off. Orton was a decent game manager and great at throwing the ball less than 15 yards, but that doesn't cut it in the NFL. Far more often are bad WRs made too look good (see Eddie Royal, Jabar Gaffney, Devery Henderson) by good QBs, than good QBs are made to look bad by bad WRs. I bet you're going to see Cutler make some big numbers for Hester and some other WR. My dark horse pick right now: Brandon Rideau

But back to the article, I don't want either of these guys pushing their egos on Cutler as he tries to mature and become a leader. I think we have a good young group that has no sense of entitlement right now. That can be a good thing.
acpdx

Beaverton, OR

#11 Jun 17, 2009
listen to the guy who graduated with the "10 things i know" degree
sweet34

Oakland, CA

#12 Jun 17, 2009
Dan wrote:
Brandon Marshall caught 20 passes his rookie year, when Jake Plummer was QB.The next 2 years he caught over 100 each. Eddie Royal was drafted to be a kick returner for the Broncos and in his rookie year he caught 91 passes. Maybe it is a coincidence that Jay was their QB when they overachieved or maybe not.
Thats all i need to hear, and it tells me we got ourselves a QB - bring on the cheeseheads now !!!
Eric

Fort Wayne, IN

#13 Jun 17, 2009
I believe that we are set with the WRs we have now.
achilles

United States

#14 Jun 17, 2009
i agree with espns assessment so far cutler will make the recievers better.. not sold on hester being a true number one but it should all play out this season.. would like to see how their rookies perform as well..
Smotpoker

United States

#15 Jun 17, 2009
Anonymous wrote:
I am going to get **** for this but whatever. This was the problem with the Kyle Orton trade. They gave up their first round pick for Jay Cutler. The reason the Bears didn't make the playoffs had nothing to do with Orton. In fact I would Argue that Orton and Matt Forte were responsible for them getting 9 wins. The reason they didn't make the playoffs was because they had a terrible defense and no real offensive weapons for Orton outside of Forte and Greg Olsen. Think about how this team would look with Jeremy Maclin on it. As someone who saw him play in college I can tell you that he will probably be a Pro Bowl receiver and returner. People like to forget that through the first half of the season last year Orton was one of the best QB's in football. He got hurt and the Bears rushed him back. It was pretty obvious that he struggled because he was hurt. Another reason he wasn't as good as he could have been was because he didn't have **** to throw to. When Devin Hester is your number one receiver you have problems. While I think he could eventually become a solid receiver last year was his first complete year as a wide receiver. It showed as he dropped a lot of passes. In fact before his injury Orton had a higher QB rating than Cutler. Just think about the numbers Orton might put up if he had the kind of receivers that Cutler had last year or if he had that offensive line. I hate that Bears fans and the media were talking about Jay Cutler like they finally got "real QB" and now everything is ok.
The Bears 1st round pick this year was Jay Cutler. The Bears just didn't give it away and get nothing back! I would say Cutler has been the best 1st rounder the Bears have had since they drafted Urlacher. Maclin is undersized and is comparable to Hester who you bashed in your post! As far as Orton goes injuries are part of the game.
EDDIED

Des Moines, IA

#16 Jun 17, 2009
Lovie Dovey is full of spit. He proved the last couple of years that he knows nothing about players or motivating them. I'd fire him in a second if I had the power. He's a wimp!!
EDDIED

Des Moines, IA

#17 Jun 17, 2009
Cutler needs someone who can catch a pass. Nothing more to say!!
Rick Diaz

Kennewick, WA

#18 Jun 17, 2009
Anonymous wrote:
I am going to get **** for this but whatever. This was the problem with the Kyle Orton trade. They gave up their first round pick for Jay Cutler. The reason the Bears didn't make the playoffs had nothing to do with Orton. In fact I would Argue that Orton and Matt Forte were responsible for them getting 9 wins. The reason they didn't make the playoffs was because they had a terrible defense and no real offensive weapons for Orton outside of Forte and Greg Olsen. Think about how this team would look with Jeremy Maclin on it. As someone who saw him play in college I can tell you that he will probably be a Pro Bowl receiver and returner. People like to forget that through the first half of the season last year Orton was one of the best QB's in football. He got hurt and the Bears rushed him back. It was pretty obvious that he struggled because he was hurt. Another reason he wasn't as good as he could have been was because he didn't have **** to throw to. When Devin Hester is your number one receiver you have problems. While I think he could eventually become a solid receiver last year was his first complete year as a wide receiver. It showed as he dropped a lot of passes. In fact before his injury Orton had a higher QB rating than Cutler. Just think about the numbers Orton might put up if he had the kind of receivers that Cutler had last year or if he had that offensive line. I hate that Bears fans and the media were talking about Jay Cutler like they finally got "real QB" and now everything is ok.
Spot on, buddy. Watch what Orton does in Denver. On a scale of 1-10 we traded a 7 for an 8 while we're stuck with a WR corp that rates a 4. The Cutler trade only makes sense if we get him an 8 or 9 at WR. Burress is the only one available that rates that high. Sorry Dave your wrong on this one.
Bears SB 09

Boston, MA

#19 Jun 17, 2009
Burris on 1 side, Devin on the other, Cutler at QB, Forte in the backfield, that's a SB offense if I ever heard one!! Our D's gonna be fine this year(top 10), and we're superbowl bound beotches!!!
MGray

Elmhurst, IL

#20 Jun 17, 2009
EDDIED wrote:
Cutler needs someone who can catch a pass. Nothing more to say!!
your name should be P-O-O-P-I-E-D instead there eddie. olsen? forte? clark? hester when not horribly underthrown?

HAAAAY!!!!

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