Upcoming draft crucial for Bears, Angelo

Unless Randy Moss suddenly reveals he has a thing for playing on Super Bowl runners-up, not a single wide receiver among the remaining free-agent possibilities would make a dramatic impact on the Bears. Full Story
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The R

Lake Zurich, IL

#1 Mar 2, 2008
At the time, not placing the franchise tag on Berrian seemed like the thing to do. Of course, once the bidding process took off, that decision turned out to be Jerry Angelo's latest snafu, and now, the Bears have yet another hole, at a crucial position. they need someone who can step in, and stretch defense--and they need this person, pronto. Without such a deep threat, the Bears can say good bye to any semblence pf an offense, as teams will stack up against the run, and short routes.
Terry

Portland, ME

#2 Mar 3, 2008
5-11.

With luck 7-9.

Another year of mediocrity
Milton Ellis

Bothell, WA

#3 Mar 3, 2008
The problem that the Bears now have in their wide receiver ranks was created by them. Place the franchise tag on Berrian and you don't have this problem. Thank you Jerry Angelo for making one of the Bears' chief competitors in the NFC North now one of the top dominate teams in the NFC in 2008!
Dago T

United States

#4 Mar 3, 2008
See the guy at the end of the bench, sitting next to the best QB in Chicago? Yeah, THAT guy, Mark Bradley. Wasn't he the end-all, be-all when we was drafted?
Chicag Bears

Winfield, IL

#5 Mar 3, 2008
"The 2008 Bears will need a rookie wideout to grow up quicker"

Good luck with that, although I wouldn't be surprised if Bradley surprises everyone. Didn't Booker and Conway take time to produce as well, albeit under a different coaching staff. I think page 7 of the Bears' standard operating procedure manual states that no production is to be expected from a Bear wide receiver until year 3.
The 5th Angel

Davison, MI

#6 Mar 3, 2008
I fully agree with the article EXCEPT the statement "The Bears look like a team primping for 2009 and beyond."

The track record and recent displays of ineptitude have the Bears looking like a team primping for 2012 and beyond.

The Bears will NEVER have an offense until Wrecks is gone. He's the biggest offensive ball-and-chain since Frank Cornish.

Stupid is as stupid does and this management group which includes Lovie Dovie are the worst.
Get Real

Chicago, IL

#7 Mar 3, 2008
This is all about sobriety. What does sobriety mean in this context? Chicago Bears fans are dumb enough to buy tickets and watch games on TV no matter how bad the team is so why should management spend money to make the team better.
Scott

Stamford, CT

#8 Mar 3, 2008
Where have you gone, David Terrell?
JAFO

Chicago, IL

#9 Mar 3, 2008
All this talk about wide receivers and being able to stretch the field is only relevant to teams in the modern era of football. And that is not the Bears offensive philosophy. They are a running team!!! This organization has not been capable of effectively using the pass effectively for any sustained period of time - more than one season. We've had good receivers that we just failed to use properly. The Bears are have not adapted to the current NFL where all the rules are changed to benefit (focus on) the pass.
Thomas

Oklahoma City, OK

#10 Mar 3, 2008
Its going to be a fun season Bears fans, you have train wrecks leading the offense, with no wide receivers to speak of, Benson leading the running game. Easily one of the worst offenses in the NFL. 4 maybe 5 wins.

Since: Oct 07

Chicago, IL

#11 Mar 3, 2008
Wendell Davis, Curtis Conway, Bobby Engram, Marcus Robinson, Marty Booker, Bernard Berrian ... These were all the Bears No. 1 receivers at one point or another in their careers - post Willie Gault, Dennis McKinnon - and have any of them really amounted to anything? The Bears drafted Conway and Engram and the latter is still a great possession receiver in this league. It makes no sense not to have tagged Berrian and give the team just one more year without having to look to the draft to shore this position up. Now, with any luck, they will get a servicable receiver that could make an impact on this team in maybe a year or two - but Angelo probably didn't think about that. Further, even if we draft a young receiver, who is going to mentor him?

Hester doesn't know the playbook himself and Bradley never plays. It's a huge disappointment that this team refused to look outside for some help - anywhere - and instead decided to lock up Briggs, Orton, Grossman and Desmond Clark. All those signings with the exception of Grossman aren't that questionable. However, instead of looking for ways to bolster the sorry offense, they are now in the middle of restructuring deals for Urlacher and Tommie Harris (the latter seems more important at this point than the former). Either way, Angelo's ability to evaluate offensive talent is highly suspect, given that he drafted Benson and I have yet to see just how "special" he is, other than the fact, that he may ride the short bus on road trips.

Angelo better not make the mistake of going skilled position first in the draft. We need an offensive lineman, if not two - period. After that he can make all the terrible picks he wants (and will make) bungling the QB, RB and WR positions before landing a safety that the team also needs very badly. I just don't follow this guy's logic at all. I don't see how they didn't at least make an offer to Faneca or Michael Turner. I don't see how we're not looking at Javon Walker or D.J. Hackett (if nothing else, just to get them by with the loss of Berrian). Angelo and Smith seem to be content with standing around with their hands in their pants while other teams go out and shore up the talent.

It will be clear after a sub-.500 season that this guy has the ability to dismantle a winning team just as fast as he built one.
Marc

United States

#12 Mar 3, 2008
The Misersof the Midway...the blind leading the blind...
Miles

Saint Charles, IL

#13 Mar 3, 2008
I don't understand the dismissal of Javon Walker as merely a "servicable veteran." Last I checked, we don't have a servicable receiver at all. Walker has two 1,000+ yard seasons (2 more than Berrian) and seasons of 8, 12, & 9 TDs in his 5 years. 2 season-ending injuries in the past 3 years is a little discouraging, but that's just as many as our current #1, the mighty Mark Bradley. Go get Javon Walker and draft a WR with one of the top 4 picks.
ditkajr

Long Beach, CA

#15 Mar 3, 2008
Why is having a good receiver so important when our quarterback is so awful? I'm confused by every move Angelo has made.
Timmy

Denver, CO

#16 Mar 3, 2008
How will Rex prove he can be a starting QB without anyone to catch the ball? Seems nearly impossible to me! Bears will suck again!
HJE

United States

#17 Mar 3, 2008
6-10 at the best, no playoffs, Jerry A needs to pull an offensive draft and FA miracle, plus the current Offensive players need to play above average to have any hope of the playoffs in 08. I would take bets on this one that they do not make the 08 playoffs and I am definitely not a betting guy.

Go Big Blue !
steve

United States

#18 Mar 3, 2008
Angelo has not ever been able to build a good offence. when he was in Tampa there offence sucked and now he's making our bad offence worst. We need a qb, rb, olm, wr. Angelo is the worst GM in the league. I would love to know why we didn't go after Michael Turner. I quess Angelo and Lovie are waiting for there friend Dunn and then we can get Shaun King.
Tom

United States

#19 Mar 3, 2008
The Bears offense: The worst wide receivers in the NFL, the worst offensive line, a horrible featured running back and two mediocre quarterbacks. The only hope for 2008 is turnovers from the defense and winning a lot of 13-10 games.
Chris

Chicago, IL

#20 Mar 3, 2008
What would Chicago Fans do if they didnt have anything to wine about and feel sorry for themselves.

It is a blessing that Berrian went to MN he was not good here and will not be good there!

Mark Bradley has a ton more potential then berrian give him a shot at the #1WR spot and all you complainers out there will be on here next football season writing about how great Bradley is and how you thought he would be! Same with our genius sports writers!

Love getting information about sports from a guy that has never played!

TRUST ME BRADLEY WILL BE GOOD WHEN GIVE THE #1 SNAPS!!!

he will be 1000+ yards and 10+ TD next season if he is our #1WR!

you heard it here first!
Dan Bertholomey

Portland, OR

#21 Mar 3, 2008
Dunn just came available. Please Bears, do the right thing and grab him!

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