Something to play for: A lower pick

Something to play for: A lower pick

There are 32 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 27, 2007, titled Something to play for: A lower pick. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The Bears will play a "meaningless" game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, but the outcome could have major ramifications on the future of the franchise.

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Monica

Chicago, IL

#21 Dec 28, 2007
I wouldn't exactly say the Lions have sunk "deeper and deeper." They've been a losing team who have recently begun to recover.
Making a bad draft pick is just that. Choose wisely. The Lions have made some bad picks. That doesn't mean because you have an early pick it's bound to turn out badly.
Poorly written piece.
Mike

Bensenville, IL

#22 Dec 28, 2007
Sportswriters are out to sell a paper, they twist the facts to fit the current subject or silly point they try to make.
Let me pick the player in the top 10, and we will all WANT a high draft pick.
It's crazy to say "I hope the Bears get a lower pick", it goes against everything we know. Do you think NE fans want a low pick? No. Why? Because they trust the front office, we don't.
Hey Pompei, if your in any fantasy leagues, do you wish for the 12 pick before the draft?
What an idiotic story he handed in during a slow news week.
Casey Jones

Rockwood, MI

#23 Dec 28, 2007
boonasty51 wrote:
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New England is going to draft McFadden and beat the tar out of everybody again next year ... that's what they're going to do. It's because that team is smart, well coached, well paid, loved and hated by all ... They can scout talent, get the talent and make it even better ...
I don't think McFadden falls to 8. Maybe they take Slaton. That could work. But McFadden won't be there for them.
Casey Jones

Rockwood, MI

#24 Dec 28, 2007
Also, Bears suck. They need a QB and they should be able to get one of them in the first round. If they need to, they can use 09's first rounder to move up. You always play to win and anyone who says otherwise never played the game, and sure as hell doesn't understand it.
Bill Dwyer

Palatine, IL

#25 Dec 28, 2007
Good column Teddy, until you equated not getting to a pro bol as "failure."
Agree with your critique regarding those ridiculous signing bonuses, but it's not a 67 percent failure rate. Disappointment, maybe. Too high a premium, probably. But if every 1st rounder -32 athletes- went to the pro bowl, there'd be very little room left for any one else within another year or so.
"Difference makers" often, but not always, go to pro bowls, especially if there are a number of exceptional athletes at their position in the NFL in any given year.
There's a distinction to be made between genuine busts and solid players who don't quite reach elite status.
Chad

Schaumburg, IL

#26 Dec 28, 2007
This is dumb logic! Hello you can always trade down! Besides Angelo always trades down anyway. However I was absolutely baffled by his picks last year except for Olsen who was a must pick. He reached on every single pick it was crazy! Passed on needs like o-line's age and instead reached on Bazuin and Wolfe on the first day! Guess what his reaches were all failures to prove their worth big surprise...

I hate feeling smarter than the GM's in chicago making seven figures...
Ted

United States

#27 Dec 28, 2007
Seems to me a lower pick by the name of Hester worked out pretty well for the Bears. I disagree with the premise that going for needs is a bad plan. Please, Jerry, draft a good offensive lineman.
Tired Bears fan

United States

#28 Dec 28, 2007
Frayzon wrote:
As long as Angelo's making the pick, any top 10 pick will be a bust... especially if he attempts to pick an offensive player. Why does he trade down so often? Because he can't handle the pressure. Tell us again, Jerry, about "floors and ceilings" and please remind us where your ceiling is. We haven't seen it.
Perhaps the author should have focused on the number of first round busts selected by Jerry Angelo: Michael Haynes, Marc Columbo, Cedric Benson, Rex Grossman. It would easily explain the aging offensive line, non-existent rb play and the always poor qb play, although we bears fans should be used to the latter by now.
MN Cub Fan

Cottage Grove, MN

#29 Dec 28, 2007
The draft is overhyped, and the NFL compensation system is twisted because it rewards players based on where they are drafted, not on what they produce. But, the bottom line is getting players that fit your system and then developing them. If you can do that, and can consistently evaluate when the player available is worth the risk of the extra money, then it doesn't matter so much where you pick. The Bears need to rebuild their O-Line. It usually takes 1 or 2 years for a new O-line to come together as a unit, so the immediate future does not look bright.
Bill

Barrington, IL

#30 Dec 28, 2007
Casey Jones wrote:
Also, Bears suck. They need a QB and they should be able to get one of them in the first round. If they need to, they can use 09's first rounder to move up. You always play to win and anyone who says otherwise never played the game, and sure as hell doesn't understand it.
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It must be nice to be so uprighteously self-absorbed !!

How does it feel ??

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T Manoukian

Honolulu, HI

#31 Dec 28, 2007
Great. That having been said, let's go out and play some football!
Joe

Rockwood, MI

#32 Dec 28, 2007
Bill wrote:
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It must be nice to be so uprighteously self-absorbed !!
How does it feel ??
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It feels good. How does it feel for you being a water head?

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