Benson helps revive sluggish running ...

Benson helps revive sluggish running attack

There are 64 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 7, 2007, titled Benson helps revive sluggish running attack. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

For a while at least, the Bears were getting the kind of running they thought they would get when they took Cedric Benson with the No.

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Rockford, IL

#62 Oct 12, 2007
Deke wrote:
Benson will run for 100+ yards next week.
Really? Are the Bears playing a high school team?

United States

#63 Oct 12, 2007
No_More_Rexcuses wrote:
The year that Orton started Jones was our offense. Teams loaded the box every game and he managed to gain 1300+ yards. Give the guy some credit.
The reason he left Chicago was because of money. Cant say I blame him either. Benson got a lot of money when he signed and Jones was the workhorse. I would think that most of the players would have rather seen Jones stay and Benson leave. He was a team leader and well liked. Truth is Jones had more trade value than Benson. I hope Benson comes around but that guy looks like hes just going through the motions. He plays with no heart or emotion. And his body language sucks. I wouldn't mind seeing some competition come in for him. Isn't Michael Turner a free agent next year?
Thomas Jones left because he and Benson couldn't get along in the locker room or on the side lines. Rather then risking the unity and integrity of the whole team the bears coaches, management, and ownership got together and decided that they could only keep one of them. Once again, since he was chosen in the first round, their pride got the better of them and they sent the better back Jones away for absolutely nothing and kept Cedric "the other team's entertainer" Benson on the squad. Smooth move jack asses!!!

Albany, NY

#64 Oct 12, 2007
So you believe the spin that the Bears put on it? The reality is that Jones wanted (and deserved) more money considering what Benson was getting. He was talking about holding out before the '06 season. Do you think he wouldn't have held out this year , the final year of his contract? What was Jerry Angelo going to say when someone asked him about it? Tell the truth? Yeah that would have gone over really well.

Well since we have so much money tied up in Cedric Benson he has no trade value given his production. We can easily resign TJ to a new contract but that will mean no more signings (i.e. Walker , Archuleta , Tillman , Vasher , Adams). Since Thomas Jones is in his final year of his contract and will hold out anyway we decided to trade him because he has trade value. We'd love to keep TJ but this is a numbers game so were stuck with Benson.

United States

#65 Oct 17, 2007
...and to think that many of you blamed the SuperBowl loss on Cedric Benson getting injured.

Like I said it then ***and NOW YOU KNOW***the Bears had the best chance when he went out and Jones did all the running.

Reality was and now is that you never had a chance!


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