Mississippi's Oher talks with Bears

Mississippi's Oher talks with Bears

There are 31 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 19, 2009, titled Mississippi's Oher talks with Bears. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

As NFL prospects congregated for informal meetings Wednesday night, Mississippi left tackle Michael Oher walked away impressed with his discussion with the Bears .

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Da Bearss

United States

#1 Feb 20, 2009
I can live without Jones and McClover, but we gotta bring Izzy back.
Hebs

Montgomery, AL

#2 Feb 20, 2009
I know it's not the popular answer... but the Bears need to draft another OL in the first round. It's not glamorous, but we need a solid O-line to build behind. Great O-lines make the rest of the O look good. Especially the QB and RB...
Steve

Mundelein, IL

#3 Feb 20, 2009
I agree Hebs, Oher seems like a good shot and we can get DE and Safety or WR later in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
Jeff

Eden Prairie, MN

#4 Feb 20, 2009
As much as i would love a WR in the first round, my head is telling me that we should draft a tackle as well.
Tom

Macomb, IL

#5 Feb 20, 2009
If you look at the true great dynasty type teams recently (Rams, Pats, maybe the Steelers but they play d also) you see a stellar o-line.

A good line keeps the d off the field, keeps the qb healthy, and gives a running back room to break a few.

Orton is on the threshold of a good season. Those who remember him from Purdue know the guy can throw. What is stopping him is a below average line and bad coaching.

Oher is the real deal. It isnt often you can pick out a lineman on a great play and easily see that guy blocked two people and opened up a hole downfield. Oher is one of these guys.
TheOptimist

Carol Stream, IL

#6 Feb 20, 2009
Sounds like a good prospect. We definitely need to address both tackle positions if St. Clair and Tait walks. A guy with a story like that might be what we need. His past is his motivation.

GO BEARS!!! LET'S GET IT RIGHT!!
Shields Up Captain

Lombard, IL

#7 Feb 20, 2009
The question is will Oher be available at 18? I completely agree that the Bears need to make OL the first round priority. If Oher isn't available then we need to find somebody else at 18 provided he's still one of the best available players. Don't just take an OL for the sake of an OL.
Get Real

Chesterfield, MO

#8 Feb 20, 2009
I would be thrilled if the Bears are able to draft Oher at 18. With Tait retiring, St. Claire being mediocre at best, Williams being a big question mark, the Bears could easily use another prospect at tackle. I would even be happier if they used two of their first three picks on the o-line. While they're not as flashy as WRs, a good o-line can cover up holes in other positions much better than the other way around.
Mick

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Feb 20, 2009
Trade Urlacher for picks !!!!!!!!
God

United States

#10 Feb 20, 2009
Sounds good! The O-Line has been solid over the last five seasons and it should stay that way. They blew open doors for Thomas Jones, and Forte benefitted from some good play by them last season. As the old crew begins to step away, another dominant group should be able to step in and keep it going. Oher is the first step. I would love for Tait to play one more season as they work Oher in.
God

United States

#11 Feb 20, 2009
Mick wrote:
Trade Urlacher for picks !!!!!!!!
It won't happen. He's the face of the franchise. It seems more of a possibility now more than ever, but he has stayed loyal to the Bears and is still a threat. Just think of the hit they would take in jersey sales!
Mr Z

Aurora, IL

#12 Feb 20, 2009
It's funny, last week Haugh wrote an article saying how we need a wide out and whatever, and everyone who posted was raving about Heyward-Bey. Now theres a story about tackles and everyone is in love with that idea. Make up your minds. Like I mentioined last week, address wide receiver in the 2nd round, there will be some good ones available. Oher is the real deal. 4 year starter at Ole Miss, played guard as a freshman and left tackle the next three years. First Team Freshman All American in 05, 4th Team All American in 07, and First Team All American in 08. This is a no brainer. And, if there is any doubt that he won't be available at #18, then we need to trade up a few spots to make sure we get him. In the mock drafts, the highest he is projected to go is #22 and the other spot is #28. Draft him, bump Williams to RT where he will be better suited, and start Oher at LT, the guy is going to be a Franchise Tackle for years to come.
deputydawg

Madison, TN

#13 Feb 20, 2009
getreal you da man mr z [dedede] The Bears need to restock. If Freeman falls to the third they should look at it close. This kid from Liberty looks real interesting as well. I believe the WR is already on the roster and a FA will come loose soon but a opportunity to get skilled players you go for it.
Brett

Union, IL

#14 Feb 20, 2009
You guys would be highly disappointed with the value of the picks you could garner in an Urlacher trade.
Jessica

United States

#15 Feb 20, 2009
Depending who is there at #18. I would go either O-Line or Defensive end. Whichever position has the better player available. We really do need a guy at D-end who can consistently bring pressure on opposing Q.B's,Ogunleye is not the answer there. This would also free up Tommie Harris more. Our secondary was getting torched,because we couldnt get to the Q.B last year! I am sure they will re-sign St.Clair. But we could use another O-lineman in the mix,for sure. We need to make both our lines stronger,through the draft! I feel we will find our receiver in free agency,Houshmanzadeh is on my Wish list. I hope a safety becomes available in free agency,cause there isnt much out there or in the draft right now. We have some possibilities to really improve in the off-season. If John Tait does retire,the Bears will have about 30 Million in Cap Space!! So between the draft & free agency,we should be able to fill our needs! I am anxious to see who ends up in the free agent pool down the road. Take care fellow Bear fans. Go Bears.

Since: Jul 08

Windsor, Ontario

#16 Feb 20, 2009
Brett wrote:
You guys would be highly disappointed with the value of the picks you could garner in an Urlacher trade.
The voice of reason - finally.

I agree completely AND with his fat contract,#54 isn't going anywhere.

We need to draft or trade for some tonnage on the O line, then find some speed at receiver and secondary.

GO BEARS!!!

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#17 Feb 20, 2009
Billyard wrote:
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The voice of reason - finally.
I agree completely AND with his fat contract,#54 isn't going anywhere.
We need to draft or trade for some tonnage on the O line, then find some speed at receiver and secondary.
GO BEARS!!!
Face it, the first change needed is our GM. He's a total incompetent. Every draft day I hope he's coherent in his first round choice, and he almost always finds a way to screw it up.
God

United States

#18 Feb 20, 2009
Saluki Rod wrote:
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Face it, the first change needed is our GM. He's a total incompetent. Every draft day I hope he's coherent in his first round choice, and he almost always finds a way to screw it up.
It's really not as easy as that. The McCaskey's are cheap, and we all know what we had before the Bears hired him....

His only horrible mistake was Cedric Benson, and I still think it had something to do with a breakdown of communication. I talked to him in his sleep that night, and CB was supposed to be the position, not the player.
TheOptimist

Carol Stream, IL

#19 Feb 20, 2009
Mr Z wrote:
It's funny, last week Haugh wrote an article saying how we need a wide out and whatever, and everyone who posted was raving about Heyward-Bey. Now theres a story about tackles and everyone is in love with that idea. Make up your minds. Like I mentioined last week, address wide receiver in the 2nd round, there will be some good ones available. Oher is the real deal. 4 year starter at Ole Miss, played guard as a freshman and left tackle the next three years. First Team Freshman All American in 05, 4th Team All American in 07, and First Team All American in 08. This is a no brainer. And, if there is any doubt that he won't be available at #18, then we need to trade up a few spots to make sure we get him. In the mock drafts, the highest he is projected to go is #22 and the other spot is #28. Draft him, bump Williams to RT where he will be better suited, and start Oher at LT, the guy is going to be a Franchise Tackle for years to come.
Last week Tait wasn't retiring. Get a clue.

GO BEARS!!! LET'S GET IT RIGHT!!!!
ICU

United States

#20 Feb 20, 2009
TheOptimist wrote:
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Last week Tait wasn't retiring. Get a clue.
GO BEARS!!! LET'S GET IT RIGHT!!!!
Hey George,nice to see you back. GO BEARS,2009 Division Champs!

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