Off-season additions give Chicago Bea...

Off-season additions give Chicago Bears a huge boost

There are 93 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 11, 2009, titled Off-season additions give Chicago Bears a huge boost. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Tom Brady Peyton Manning Drew Brees Ben Roethlisberger Philip Rivers Critics can debate the merits of the Bears -Broncos trade all they want.

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Gooner

Birmingham, UK

#84 Apr 13, 2009
I watched 9 of the Broncos' games last season live on TV. Trust me, nobody should have any doubts about Cutler.

This article mentions the 2nd rank yardage / 16th rank scoring stats. As other posters have already mentioned, Denver had a very inconsistent run game last year. 7 (SEVEN!) RB's went on to injured reserve. By the end of the year there was just no quality back there. The opposing teams could scheme their D to stop the passing game first. Matt Forte was one of my favourite fantasy players last year, so assuming he can stay fit, the Bears should have a nicely balanced offence.

Jay made alot of turnovers last year. But I have no doubts that he felt an immense pressure to score on every single possession, because the Denver D was simply horrible. If your opponents score almost every time they have the ball, then you have to as well, so maybe that leads to forcing throws that under normal circumstances you wouldn't do.

Alot of people mention Jay's 17-20 record as a starter. That's not his fault. He's never even had an average defence. Take a look at the number of points scored by Denver's opponants in lost games last year: 33, 24, 41, 26, 31, 30, 30, 52 (no, not a typing error, FIFTY-TWO).

Those last 3 games where Denver only needed 1 win to make the playoffs, and Jay supposedly lost his head, showed an inability to be a leader? Denver averaged 37 points conceeded. THIRTY-SEVEN. Seriously, which QB in the league is going to overcome that?

Denver averaged 28 points per game conceeded throughout the season. I believe the fact that we won even 8 games last year should show just how good Jay is.

/Broncos fan with a new-found soft-spot for Da Bears.
philherb

Wooster, OH

#85 Apr 13, 2009
Chris, are you really Grossman? Sad that your only chance to play was when Orton was ahead of you? Mad cause you have a legit QB to overcome. Marino didn't win anything is he overrated? He won as many Super Bowls as I have. He probably sucks then according to you? Who was running the ball for him last year? Not T.Davis. I guarantee you B.Marshall doesn't have the year he did last year without Cutler, when you have no RB you tend to run less and throw more, thereby leading to more INTs. Common sense. You can't run you become predictable, thereby limiting TD's to plays where Wr's or Rb's have to do it themselves, yes even in the Red Zone. Sorry Rex, I mean Chris, don't write just to argue or show your dungeons and dragons friends.
ldc

Champaign, IL

#86 Apr 13, 2009
MrPhatAz wrote:
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And the board will tell you WR is the deeper position. Besides, tell me how many times has a Safety made that impact play that singlehandedly won a game. The only positions rated above WR in my book is QB and RB. Also a quality Safety like Clemens should be available @ 99. WR, FS, OT, DE should be our draft order. I'm all for best available but let's be realistic here and say best available balanced against most needed. If the 2 players are graded close, choose the one you need most. BEAR DOWN!!!!!!!!!
And how many WR do anything in their first year?

And how many of them go on to do absolutely nothing afterward?

Safeties routinely make big interceptions (see Mike Brown), and clean up for cornerbacks and linebackers.

The team needs a safety just as much as it does a receiver.

And this year's safety class is just as bad as last years.

But solid receivers should be available on day two.
sam

Winnetka, CA

#87 Apr 14, 2009
Haugh,as usual you are so full of crap.your articles are becoming like lovie smith's speeches:predictable,boring and short on substace and style.Look first of all this is the Bears the team that has not had a QB for the last 60 years because they feature power and and running and physical defense.Nothing wrong with any of that if you always have Walter Peyton and the 85 defense but they do not and all these years they have unsuccessfully tried to duplicate those 2 elements just like the Bulls were never able to replace Michael Jordan.This power game that the Bears have been so obsessed with for the last 60 years dictates limits on how much freedom a QB should have and how much chances he should take because God forbid if those chances become turnovers the Chicago fans and media will brutalize the poor kid.Now add to that the fact that they have a very poor offensive coordinator in ron turner then it becomes clear that even a great QB on paper is not going to automatically become great playing for the Bears.remember Chicago is any thing but a QB friendly place.
NumberNine

Bradenton, FL

#88 Apr 14, 2009
Bill wrote:
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Rex is SUCH a God !
Yet, NOBODY seems to want him !!
Why is THAT ??
No emotion here, just facts.
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Perhaps he's played his last game.
We'll see.
TheOptimist

Carol Stream, IL

#89 Apr 14, 2009
Good article. You're exactly right. Fans were very brutal to the front office for doing nothing when all they were doing was taking they;re time. O-line was everyone's biggest concern and not only did they fix it but turned into a strength and pick up a pro bowl QB while they were at it.

The defense (again) should be the focus in this draft after the second round. After we pick up a WR with some size and quickness, all the other picks should be used to pick up some defensive talent. CB, FS, DE, and LB are concerns for me. We've gotten some pretty good players in the 3rd and 4th rounds in the past, let's hope we can keep that up.

GO BEARS!!! GOOD WORK!!!
jacob

St. John's, Canada

#90 Apr 14, 2009
I think you're putting too much on the Pace signing - he's old and injured and a shell of what he used to be.
Bill

Wayne, IL

#91 Apr 14, 2009
jacob wrote:
I think you're putting too much on the Pace signing - he's old and injured and a shell of what he used to be.
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And THAT's a whole lot better than what we had .......... now, isn't it ??

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Since: Mar 09

Wheaton Illinois

#92 Apr 14, 2009
pnwoods wrote:
Turner would be well advised to note that Mike Shanahan will very likely look to return to coaching next yr., maybe sooner.
I agree.

I am of the opinion that the trade for Cutler was the laying of the groundwork to getting Shanahan to sign here as Head Coach with the Bears. Which is a very smart move. He will bring winning ways to Halas Hall and Soldier Field.

Lovie had his time to prove his abilities and worth. He failed in his attempt to show what he could do.
His DOWNFALL was sticking with the COVER 2 defense, Babich and Turner.

It is one thing if he stuck with them for a few weeks and they didn't work, but for the years he has been Head Coach. That is totally asinine and unacceptable.

He is the Head Coach of an NFL Franchise not a Pop Warner Team. He should act and Coach accordingly.

When he does lose his Coaching position, he has no one to blame but himself. There is no room for stubborn Goats in the role of a Head Coach in the NFL. They do not award Championships for stubbornness in the NFL, if they did Smith would win hands down.

I hope that Jerry Angelo and the McCaskeys make the move to hire Shanahan sooner rather than later. So that Cutler can be utilized to his fullest ability. So as his talent is not squandered by Smith to make the fans think that Cutler has no talent at all. Which is a practice Smith is good at i.e. Bennett and others!

Let's face it, this is Smith's do or Die year. If he does not win (Get into the playoffs and beyond) he is History. I for one say if the losing trend continues a change should be made.

No matter what last years or 2 yrs ago record was. You are only as good as your last 2 games. A failure to get into the playoffs does not constitute a winning season, plain and simple.

That is the Harshness of reality.
RAO

Canton, IL

#93 Apr 14, 2009
J W Wheaton wrote:
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I agree.
I am of the opinion that the trade for Cutler was the laying of the groundwork to getting Shanahan to sign here as Head Coach with the Bears. Which is a very smart move. He will bring winning ways to Halas Hall and Soldier Field.
Lovie had his time to prove his abilities and worth. He failed in his attempt to show what he could do.
His DOWNFALL was sticking with the COVER 2 defense, Babich and Turner.
It is one thing if he stuck with them for a few weeks and they didn't work, but for the years he has been Head Coach. That is totally asinine and unacceptable.
He is the Head Coach of an NFL Franchise not a Pop Warner Team. He should act and Coach accordingly.
When he does lose his Coaching position, he has no one to blame but himself. There is no room for stubborn Goats in the role of a Head Coach in the NFL. They do not award Championships for stubbornness in the NFL, if they did Smith would win hands down.
I hope that Jerry Angelo and the McCaskeys make the move to hire Shanahan sooner rather than later. So that Cutler can be utilized to his fullest ability. So as his talent is not squandered by Smith to make the fans think that Cutler has no talent at all. Which is a practice Smith is good at i.e. Bennett and others!
Let's face it, this is Smith's do or Die year. If he does not win (Get into the playoffs and beyond) he is History. I for one say if the losing trend continues a change should be made.
No matter what last years or 2 yrs ago record was. You are only as good as your last 2 games. A failure to get into the playoffs does not constitute a winning season, plain and simple.
That is the Harshness of reality.
Unfortunately, with 2 years still left on his contract after this year, Smith is probably not going anywhere. By the way, no one is talking about D-tackle, but who exactly do we have there? A. Adams and M. Harrison are probably the two best, and Idonije moved to D-end. Harris will never be healthy and Dvoracek is bad. We need a good D-tackle badly.
24 7 Bears

Chicago, IL

#94 Apr 14, 2009
There may not be as high a quality WR at 49 as FS. I don't know. I like the idea of adding a WR, but we need a quality FS too. Might want to go best available here. Love that video of the kid from Ohio at FS. Probably early picking him in round 3, but will he be there in round 4? He looks the part.
Pete

Saint Louis, MO

#95 Apr 15, 2009
The Bears need all the above mentioned for the team, but they also need a big run stuffer in the middle so Urlacher can do his thing. That light-in-the-pants defensive line the Bears use now is no good against a good running game. The Bears haven't had a good defensive tackle against the run since Ted Washington, and Dusty Dvoracek looks to be a wash-out. Maybe a trade can be worked out to bring in a solid veteran, or maybe there is a good one in the draft. Wide receiver is still the top priority, but defensive tackle should be second. I hated seeing the Bears give up so many yards to running backs last year. Briggs can't do it all.
sam

Winnetka, CA

#96 Apr 16, 2009
pnwoods wrote:
Turner would be well advised to note that Mike Shanahan will very likely look to return to coaching next yr., maybe sooner.
well put hopefully sooner and hopefully not as the offensive coordinator but the head coach whose first priority will be to fire turner.I think last time we had a headcoach with offensive background was Mike Ditka and we went on to have arguably the best team in nfl history.

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