Chicago Bears' Craig Steltz has plenty to prove at free safety

Louisiana native Craig Steltz spent the bulk of his downtime this summer roaming the Gulf of Mexico, reeling in red snapper and grouper alongside his father, Keith. Full Story
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#1 Jul 23, 2009
The Bears are getting younger in a league that is driven by new and exciting players every season, so strap it up and hit with authority boys!
Mistakes can be minimized by going on the instinct developed from the players early years to the present, so what we need is for Steltz, Iglesias, Knox, and the rest of the new breed to come in and give their all, that's it.
If Jay Cutler can somehow do the impossible and fix our quaterback problem for awhile, watch out.
chris

Rome, GA

#2 Jul 24, 2009
I like steltz but he is a strong safety. At free safety you have to have range and in the C2 system where the corners have to pull up and play a sort of zone alot your safety better have some range. It does no good to have that big hitter back there as much as in the past because the rules in place now doesn't allow it.I hope Steltz can cut it but i would like to see more speed at that spot. And NOT D.MANNING the guy has to many mental break downs.
He jumped the tight end in the superbowl and let the outside guy run free change the game. And last year vs Texans he did the exact same thing left Johnson open on sideline changed the game.
American With Sense

Birmingham, AL

#3 Jul 24, 2009
This is by far the weakest part of this team. Just hope gets a fair chance in TC.
ATLDre

Atlanta, GA

#4 Jul 24, 2009
All will be well. Lovie is calling the plays for the defense. I still wonder why he didn't feel the need to do that last season when the pass defense and rush were non-existent?
MI Bear

Brighton, MA

#5 Jul 24, 2009
I hope all these changes work- this team has taken some chances just to make a run for the big show.

Last chance for the likes of Harris and Urlacher- it's this year or set out to pasture...or trade up next year, if any value remains
AvoiceofReason

Chicago, IL

#6 Jul 24, 2009
MI Bear wrote:
I hope all these changes work- this team has taken some chances just to make a run for the big show.
Last chance for the likes of Harris and Urlacher- it's this year or set out to pasture...or trade up next year, if any value remains
Last chance for Urlacher and Harris? How old so you think these guys are? Urlacher, if he remains healthy, could have about 2 or 3 more solid years in him. His numbers declined last year mostly because of a weak d-line. If our d-line can get a push and keep some of those o-line off of him. he'll be fine for a while.

And Harris, he just needs to get healthy. The guy is only 26. You can't possibly think he's near the end of his rope. C'mon.... He;s got plenty of time to get his knees right and get back to where he was just 2 years ago. Everyone needs relax with this "now or never" attitude.

GO BEARS!!! THE NORTH IS OURS!!!
BigBearsFan

AOL

#7 Jul 24, 2009
I think Steltz will surprise people & do a fine job for us. He was a very good player in a big program at LSU. Hoke is a fine secondary coach and must see something in him as well. Anytime there is change it makes you nervous,the unknown. I believe Marinelli will have the pass rush back this year,which in turn will help the secondary. The biggest thing is everyone will be 100% healthy by training camp!! BEAR DOWN! GO BEARS,2009 DIVISION CHAMPIONS!!
JDC

Plano, TX

#9 Jul 24, 2009
I am hoping that a rejuvenated defensive line and upgraded LB's result in our safeties becoming better. Our safeties looked horrible when folks like Brian Griese has all the time to throw. Give the QB less time to throw and suddenly our safeties will look good again. You show me good defensive pressure and I will show you a good defense. You show me a defense with no QB pressure and I will show you a defense that sucks.

BTW, I think we will miss Mike Brown. Not just as a player, but as a leader on the team. Most Bear fans know that our defense was alot better with Mike Brown in there. He iwll make a great coach one day.
ATLDre

Atlanta, GA

#10 Jul 24, 2009
AvoiceofReason wrote:
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Last chance for Urlacher and Harris? How old so you think these guys are? Urlacher, if he remains healthy, could have about 2 or 3 more solid years in him. His numbers declined last year mostly because of a weak d-line. If our d-line can get a push and keep some of those o-line off of him. he'll be fine for a while.
And Harris, he just needs to get healthy. The guy is only 26. You can't possibly think he's near the end of his rope. C'mon.... He;s got plenty of time to get his knees right and get back to where he was just 2 years ago. Everyone needs relax with this "now or never" attitude.
GO BEARS!!! THE NORTH IS OURS!!!
Ray Lewis supposedly was finished until his D-Line started to play well. When the line improves this season, two of the best in the business, baby Daddy's Briggs and Urlacher will both be back in the pro bowl...L O L
ATLDre

Atlanta, GA

#11 Jul 24, 2009
chris wrote:
I like steltz but he is a strong safety. At free safety you have to have range and in the C2 system where the corners have to pull up and play a sort of zone alot your safety better have some range. It does no good to have that big hitter back there as much as in the past because the rules in place now doesn't allow it.I hope Steltz can cut it but i would like to see more speed at that spot. And NOT D.MANNING the guy has to many mental break downs.
He jumped the tight end in the superbowl and let the outside guy run free change the game. And last year vs Texans he did the exact same thing left Johnson open on sideline changed the game.
Smarts are just as important. I think Steltz is up to the challange..
ATLDre

Atlanta, GA

#12 Jul 24, 2009
JDC wrote:
I am hoping that a rejuvenated defensive line and upgraded LB's result in our safeties becoming better. Our safeties looked horrible when folks like Brian Griese has all the time to throw. Give the QB less time to throw and suddenly our safeties will look good again. You show me good defensive pressure and I will show you a good defense. You show me a defense with no QB pressure and I will show you a defense that sucks.
BTW, I think we will miss Mike Brown. Not just as a player, but as a leader on the team. Most Bear fans know that our defense was alot better with Mike Brown in there. He iwll make a great coach one day.
Part of leadership is strapping on a helmet and going on the field. MB was hard pressed to do that. Another leader will emerge to take his place.
Damani

Schaumburg, IL

#13 Jul 24, 2009
A pass rush will answer all of these secondary questions!!! Fixing the D line will fix the defense!!!
Arnie

Duluth, GA

#14 Jul 24, 2009
Are you guys all NUTS... Steltz sucks the fact that he is our best option still doesn't change the fact that he sucks. After watching him during pre-season I was shocked for 2 reasons. 1) He was a fourth round pick
2) He didn't get cut.
The article talks about him not being good on pass coverage hell I thought he sucked at stopping the run. He wasn't out there much last year but when he was it seemed like he was always getting run over. As slow as Mike Brown has gotten he still is a better option. Hell Mike Brown with a amputated leg would be better.
greg from chicago

Chicago, IL

#15 Jul 24, 2009
Arnie wrote:
Are you guys all NUTS... Steltz sucks the fact that he is our best option still doesn't change the fact that he sucks. After watching him during pre-season I was shocked for 2 reasons. 1) He was a fourth round pick
2) He didn't get cut.
The article talks about him not being good on pass coverage hell I thought he sucked at stopping the run. He wasn't out there much last year but when he was it seemed like he was always getting run over. As slow as Mike Brown has gotten he still is a better option. Hell Mike Brown with a amputated leg would be better.
Yeah... everyone is worried about the WRs, but this safety tandem is a disaster. I was hoping any combo of Bullocks, Graham and Earl would emerge as the starters at this point. This could be a big problem.
Mgray

Atlanta, GA

#16 Jul 24, 2009
The Bears are great at talking a good game.
Can't wait until September.
justin chicago

Downers Grove, IL

#17 Jul 24, 2009
ATLDre wrote:
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Smarts are just as important. I think Steltz is up to the challange..
im not disagreeing with you, but look at how you spelled challenge. you made it look french.

in regards to steltz, i think he is a smart player, but dosent have the speed to play free saftey
E B F

Chicago, IL

#18 Jul 24, 2009
Sure hope Gilbert and Melton are the goods because depending on Marinelli and oft injured holdovers from the past may not vibe with the dynamic energy created by the signing of Jay Cutler.
Although Mike Brown was hurt for most of his career, he played in 15 games last season, and was burdened by the Bears lack of pass rush like the rest of the secondary, but was that taken into consideration when he was jettisoned? No.
So a true soldier and, to me a Bears legend was cast aside with no regard for what he has done for this organization, while Tommy Harris and Brian Urlacher are rewarded with new money, obviously for being injured a8ss babies.
Then they pay Devin Hester and he promptly returns kickoffs in the opposite direction. Gotta love it.
No matter what Cutler and the offense is able to accomplish in the years to come, The Bears always have and always will be defined by what they do on defense. If a warrior like Mike Brown can be discarded like last week's news, it's time for some more dead weight to be tossed overboard as well.
ATLDre

Marietta, GA

#19 Jul 24, 2009
justin chicago wrote:
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im not disagreeing with you, but look at how you spelled challenge. you made it look french.
in regards to steltz, i think he is a smart player, but dosent have the speed to play free saftey
Kut me sum slak, I don't make my living as a typist.
Jonnie

AOL

#20 Jul 25, 2009
Arnie wrote:
Are you guys all NUTS... Steltz sucks the fact that he is our best option still doesn't change the fact that he sucks. After watching him during pre-season I was shocked for 2 reasons. 1) He was a fourth round pick
2) He didn't get cut.
The article talks about him not being good on pass coverage hell I thought he sucked at stopping the run. He wasn't out there much last year but when he was it seemed like he was always getting run over. As slow as Mike Brown has gotten he still is a better option. Hell Mike Brown with a amputated leg would be better.
Cut Steltz some slack you idiot!! Steltz was a rookie last season,gheez! You always come on here talking negative craap towards the Bears. You seem to think you are right about everything,calling the rest of us Idiots. Most players dont come on till their 2nd year,you should know that,since you know all!! This is Steltz's 2nd year,he looked great in OTA's and John Hoke seems high on him as well,Hoke is a good secondary coach by the way. Steltz was also a strater & very good player in a big program at LSU. Just because he isnt a 1st rd pick,doesnt mean he wont be a very good player in the NFL. There are plenty of examples in the league to support that. You also dont seem to know that the Bears had no pass rush last year & the whole secondary suffered because of it. Common sense would say it would be even harder for a rookie. Give the kid a chance to actually put in some playing time,before to totally trash the kid & call him a Bust. Get a clue already! GO BEARS,2009 DIVISION CHAMPS!!
Jonnie

AOL

#21 Jul 25, 2009
In my last post I meant to say Steltz was a Starter not a Strater lol..

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