Moving the chains

Moving the chains

There are 35 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 5, 2009, titled Moving the chains. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

On the day the Bears drafted Garrett Wolfe in 2007, Jerry Angelo compared him to Warrick Dunn and Dave Meggett .

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STL Bears fan

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Jan 5, 2009
It also would have helped Rivera if Manning would have had terrible field position in the Super Bowl on every starting drive like he did the other night, too, but he didn't. And if Rex hadn't treated the ball like a well used bar of Ivory soap on several snaps to turn it over and end drives, but he did.
brett

Park Ridge, IL

#3 Jan 5, 2009
Garrett Wolfe-
Another player whose talents are not full utilized by Lovie and Ron Turner
mr bright side

Northbrook, IL

#4 Jan 5, 2009
stick with orton for one more yr and see how he develops.. it looks like a decent wide out draft is heading our way-but god forbid we select a wide out with our first pick like dez bryant ... on nfl.com our top wide out was ranked #63 in catches..that is pathetic!! there are 32 teams with 2 starting wide outs each.. do the math angelo..get kyle a top pick at wide out-let bennett play and pick up a free agent like jenkins from atlanta.. and maybe lovie will make the playoffs and keep his job next yr..coming up short is not an option in 09.. oh yeah and fire babich and get a pass rusher.. anyone from the available ravens lb core will do.
Alex

Chicago, IL

#5 Jan 6, 2009
Undersized guards that are fair at best. An above average center who is also undersized is a big problem. Right tackle is above average and the left tackle is fair....the O-Line need an infusion of talent before the Bears have real success running or passing. Turner is not the problem.

Alex Brown is above average and rest of the guys on the D-line are fair at best. Is the injured Tommie Harris washed up? Babich is clueless and Lovie is his idol.

Angelo is a poor GM. Are the Bears hopeful or are they shooting for 0-16.
If so hire Marinelli he can make the pasta the night before the game!!!!
Wooly Bully

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Jan 6, 2009
Sproles is becoming a bona fide NFL player and future star. Wolfe isn't even good enough to get on the field. No comparison between the two.
Alex

Chicago, IL

#7 Jan 6, 2009
Wolfe is a wasted third round pick. He should have been a FA signing.

Third round picks should become starters!! Wolfe a starter??????
phil Kilkus

Washington, DC

#8 Jan 6, 2009
I don't understand all the talk about Ron Rivera and how the Bears lost out when he left. The Chargers were 25 in league defense this year. Even the Bears at 21 had a better D.

“Bears fan for life!!!”

Since: Sep 08

Greenville, Wisconsin

#9 Jan 6, 2009
Wooly Bully wrote:
Sproles is becoming a bona fide NFL player and future star. Wolfe isn't even good enough to get on the field. No comparison between the two.
Unfortunately, we don't know what Wolfe can do. Lovie made a statement after last season indicating their would be more snaps for Wolfe, but he was used less this year.

Mark Bradley was not used, cut, signed with another team and played well.

Another 3rd round choice fans hoped would impact the offense, Earl Bennett doesn't see the field.

Fans had to watch the passing game stagnate yet again with continued poor performances by the likes of Booker and Davis, who probably dropped more passes than Moose and Berrian in 2007.

This isn't coincidence, it is a trend, and a poor one. That trend falls squarely on the shoulders of the coaches.

The DB Coach was fired, but the WR Coach hasn't been. Apparently, fans will be looking at more of the same in 2009.
OhioDave

Beachwood, OH

#10 Jan 6, 2009
Wolfe is one of several Bears who should not even be invited back to camp. Thanks for the special teams contributions but you're not an NFL RB.(While we're at it, see ya Rashied Davis and Marty Booker).

I would LOVE Mays with the round 1 pick. We need a dominant playmaker back there desperately. And PLEASE add a legit WR1 via free agency and draft another in the mid rounds. DL and OL should remain priorities with other early picks.
Tracy

Chicago, IL

#11 Jan 6, 2009
Mr. Haugh wrote:

"...Why is everybody so worried about Devin Hester being overwhelmed by too many responsibilities when there are players in the NFL such as Sproles fully capable of handling an offensive load and return duties?..."

One game does not mean Sproles could handle a full season as a regular. The number of players his size with careers as feature backs is, well, none.
Creighton

Evanston, IL

#12 Jan 6, 2009
phil Kilkus wrote:
I don't understand all the talk about Ron Rivera and how the Bears lost out when he left. The Chargers were 25 in league defense this year. Even the Bears at 21 had a better D.
Actually Rivera was not made the DC of the Chargers till October 28th. The Chargers defensive began to show imediate signs of improvment after he took over. There defense went from being one of the worst all season to looking like one of the best the last 4 games of the year. Thats why lots of people are talking about what a great job he did, not to mention it's a system he doesn't even know that well in the 3-4. So that is why lots of people are very impressed. He leaves Chicago and the defense goes from a top 5 to a 26th ranked last year and a 21st ranked this year. He takes over for the Chargers in November and it goes from one of the worst to looking like one of the best. It is also the only reason they made the playoffs.
Hungry Jack

Chicago, IL

#13 Jan 6, 2009
Ha! Wolfe looks to be a decent special teams player and he might have some 3rd down skills, but he has nowhere near the burst and power of Sproles.
Weezy F Baby

United States

#14 Jan 6, 2009
This is completely off subject, but Devin Hester's productivity as a returner was DIRECTLY affected by the signing of his new contract. Since it is more incentive-laden for him as a receiver, he was not as aggressive in the return game. Anyone remember Week 2, the game at Carolina when he hurt his ribs on a return??? Devin probably thought to himself, "Oh snap, I just got hurt returning a punt...better take it easy on kick returns from now on so I don't get hurt any worse and miss out on that money I'll make as a receiver!" He was more inclined to run backwards or out of bounds more often since that game. I don't envision any more touchdowns on kick returns for him. As much as I hate to say it, Devin should be taken off punt returns completely and just be a wideout. Guess Kevin Mitchell's record will be safe forever....'tis a shame.
Sean Duffy

Chicago, IL

#15 Jan 6, 2009
I would LOVE to see Taylor Mays in a bears uniform. He would be an impact player that would provide athleticism and play making ability to this D that is in need.

Since: Oct 07

B town, Ohio

#16 Jan 6, 2009
Creighton wrote:
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Actually Rivera was not made the DC of the Chargers till October 28th. The Chargers defensive began to show imediate signs of improvment after he took over. There defense went from being one of the worst all season to looking like one of the best the last 4 games of the year. Thats why lots of people are talking about what a great job he did, not to mention it's a system he doesn't even know that well in the 3-4. So that is why lots of people are very impressed. He leaves Chicago and the defense goes from a top 5 to a 26th ranked last year and a 21st ranked this year. He takes over for the Chargers in November and it goes from one of the worst to looking like one of the best. It is also the only reason they made the playoffs.
Bingo Creighton, Lovie and the Bears blew it on that one!
Sean Duffy

Chicago, IL

#17 Jan 6, 2009
As far as G Wolfe goes, we have no idea if he has the ability of Sproles because we haven't tried to use him. I love Forte but the workload needs to be divided up to keep him healthy throughout his career
Mike

Oak Park, IL

#18 Jan 6, 2009
Anyone who watched Garrett Wolfe in the preseason (and in this I include Bears coaches) should realize his value lies as a 3rd down back, split out to take advantage of his speed, elusiveness and pass-catching ability. Instead, Turner and co. seemed content to run him between the tackles or keep him in the backfield as an additional blocker. Once again, Lovie and his coaches have taken away what a player does best, and asked him to do something else.
John

Brookfield, WI

#19 Jan 6, 2009
Garrett Wolfe is a very capable back, but the Bears coaching staff don't give him an opportunity to play. I spent the earlier portion of this decade as an NIU student, and was lucky enough to watch Michael Turner for two seasons and Garrett Wolfe for two seasons. When Turner graduated, I figured that the running game would take a dive. Garrett Wolfe broke almost all of Turner's records, and led the nation in rushing in 2006. He is small but he is strong and very fast. When he has been given a real chance to play, mostly in the pre-season, he has shown that he is a very dangerous weapon on offense. He was a wasted draft pick only because the Bears haven't given him a chance to play.
Tom

Pearl River, NY

#20 Jan 6, 2009
Creighton wrote:
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Actually Rivera was not made the DC of the Chargers till October 28th. The Chargers defensive began to show imediate signs of improvment after he took over. There defense went from being one of the worst all season to looking like one of the best the last 4 games of the year. Thats why lots of people are talking about what a great job he did, not to mention it's a system he doesn't even know that well in the 3-4. So that is why lots of people are very impressed. He leaves Chicago and the defense goes from a top 5 to a 26th ranked last year and a 21st ranked this year. He takes over for the Chargers in November and it goes from one of the worst to looking like one of the best. It is also the only reason they made the playoffs.
Yup. I'm still steaming over Rivera's firing. Not to go Freud on everyone, but I think Lovie's got some serious issues with insecurity. He wanted to make sure everyone knew who's team this was. Rivera must have been reminded of the old Ditka/Ryan days. But at least Buddy Ryan left because he wanted to!
Jim

Chicago, IL

#21 Jan 6, 2009
Ya right. Wolfe is worthless.

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