Hard choices ahead for Bears

Hard choices ahead for Bears

There are 49 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 8, 2007, titled Hard choices ahead for Bears. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Look out below. Suddenly and shockingly, the defending NFC champion Bears find themselves several key decisions away from free- falling into back-to-back losing seasons in 2007 and 2008.

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Rob H

Redlands, CA

#1 Dec 8, 2007
Griese is someone who can come in and complete 70% of his passes. Give him a little loyalty, rather than yanking him around after he goes 10 out of 14 in his last game as a starter, and he won't be so rusty when you go crying back to him to get back into the game.
Bill

United States

#2 Dec 8, 2007
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"Immediate action: Play Orton every snap the rest of the season to see if he's a plausible alternative."

The Bears will never do it !!

Such a decisive move is totally foreign to Bear's thinking.

Plus, with so many things wrong with the offense, it will be brutal to watch.

The staff has not shown much common sense,---- and they'll screw-up this situation beyond belief --- with game-to-game and quarter-to-quarter changes.

Orton deserves better than the Bears.

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theoutlaw

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Dec 9, 2007
I think thet should make McCaskey the Quarterback.
bear fan

Chicago, IL

#5 Dec 9, 2007
Chicago would go crazy if Adam Archuletta was not released in the offseason
Da Bears

Chicago, IL

#6 Dec 9, 2007
Keep Benson? Are you smoking something good? Attempt to get the best you can for him in a trade and make a run for Julius Jones or Michael Turner. Other options are too look for a plausible draft pick, but there are no Adrian Petersons this year so it would be tough.
Texzen

Winder, GA

#7 Dec 9, 2007
The Bears are so far behind the quality of the elite teams it is frightening. Angelo cannot afford anymore draft blunders. Smith needs to surround himself with innovative professionals on staff instead of comfortable buddies.
WALTER PAYTONS GHOST

Riverside, IL

#8 Dec 9, 2007
TRY TO GET JULIUS JONES, WHAT NO WAY HE SUCKS. GRIESE SUCKS THAT IS WHY HE IS A SECOND STRING BENCH WARMING QB DUMB A**. LOOK UP HOW MANY INTERCEPTIONS HE HAS THROWN IN THE # OF GAMES HE HAS PLAYED, MORE THAN REX. KEEP THOSE DUMB COMMENTS IN CALI, GIVE IT UP. HOW ABOUT VIRGINIA MCCASKEY AT QB ? DUH.
Erickson

United States

#10 Dec 9, 2007
Four words: Offensive line and offensive coordinator. Solve those two problems and pick up a runner who can go three yards without falling down and the Bears will be just fine in '08.
Paul

Green Valley, AZ

#11 Dec 9, 2007
The definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

http://www.bearshistory.com/lore/chicagobears...
Greg from Highland Park

United States

#12 Dec 9, 2007
I don't think the future is as bleak as this article makes it out to be. Here's the recipe for success: Cut Miller. Cut Archuleta. Replace Babich. Draft strong safety. Purchase free agent right tackle (or left tackle and switch Tait back to right side). Start Hester. Send Benson to Tim Grover for the entire off season. Send Grossman to Don Beebe's speed camp. Find a spot on the field for Jamar Williams.

Next year, undefeated.
Bronco Nagurski

Paso Robles, CA

#13 Dec 9, 2007
You know how the Bears work. first of all they won't play Orton until they are "mathmatically eliminated". Secondly, nearly half an offensive line, a starting RB & a starting QB is an awful lot to ask to replace in one off season. They also have major problems at wide receaver.

The Bears should start with replacing the O-Line first though and work from there. You could have Tom Brady and Minisotta's AP, but with no line to protect them, they wouldn't produce much flat on thier backs!
Hog Nuts

Middleville, MI

#14 Dec 9, 2007
I'll give you the free agency picks in this years draft or a good second round QB. Running back from NE Missouri state.#2 Omon - QB from Delaware Blue Hens - Guy is 6'6 mobile and looks like Dan Marino in his prime. Dump the QB - Defensive Coach. Get Dan Marino - & mean Joe Greene as coaches.
overthehill

United States

#15 Dec 9, 2007
Orton???
Why would he want to get in there and get mauled?
The Bears need so many parts of a football team they could have 25 draft picks and not be able to fill in the holes.
This is caused by lack of planning on the part of management. That, and a large lack of the ability to see.
In the past few years, the defense has been able to pick up the slack, but those days are over.
A football team is composed of over fifty players. Why are we seeing the same 25 losers every game? Who are the other 25 guys? IS the Bear drafting organization so bad at their job that they have a half a team that can't play?
I defy anybody to fix the Bears problems with a mere five new players.
WCH

Alexandria, VA

#16 Dec 9, 2007
I second Greg from Highland Park's comments for the most part. Though, I do not believe Grossman is the answer long-term. He had an up and down season this year, just like last year, but the bottom line is his overall QB rating for the season was 66-- simply unacceptable.
Bill

United States

#17 Dec 9, 2007
Da Bears wrote:
Keep Benson? Are you smoking something good? Attempt to get the best you can for him in a trade and make a run for Julius Jones or Michael Turner. Other options are too look for a plausible draft pick, but there are no Adrian Petersons this year so it would be tough.
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I agree.

I don't know why anyone would want Benson on their team. He's a head-case who would be a cancer to any organization.--- He's POISON to any team's attitude !

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Bill

United States

#18 Dec 9, 2007
overthehill wrote:
---------- IS the Bear drafting organization so bad at their job that they have a half a team that can't play?---------
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Yes.----- Quite apparently, it is.

How else do you explain paying players to do nothing more than stand on the sideline?

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Arnie

Columbia, SC

#19 Dec 9, 2007
Number one Fire Angelo and steal Scott Pioli away from New England.

If we could only attach Grossman's arm on to Griese we would have Tom Brady. Griese's arm is so weak it causes int's and allows saftey's to close on balls( Clark in the endzone on thursday). And well Rex's brian is kind of like Abby Normal.

But I don love the idea of Orton playing the last 3 weeks. It would give a reason to watch.
achilles

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Dec 9, 2007
right on haugh!! a perfect assessment!!!
iwojo

Aurora, IL

#21 Dec 9, 2007
Ok ... that was the players, and a good observation overall. Now we need an honest assessment of the coaching staff. I'm not the one to say, but get Turner back to the real world or get him the out door. Somehow he makes a simple process of moving the ball forward as cumbersome a task as making it through a read of an insurance policy in one sitting. Why is it so hard to run a play ???

Since: Oct 07

Uptown

#22 Dec 9, 2007
Ahh, the author forgets that the Bears are not mathematically.

SO, until they are, there is no way in hell the bears are going to play these prospects.

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