Hard choices ahead for Bears

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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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Geoff

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#43
Dec 10, 2007
 
The problem with all these suggestions is that they depend on Halas Hall to implement them, and the current coaching staff to execute them. I just don't see much hope. This is an organization that watched Benson and Grossman bomb, and basiclly told the fans "who are you going to believe us or you own lying eyes?". This is also an organziation that has not drafted an impact running back since Neal Anderson and has not drafted a quality QB since Jim McMahon.
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#44
Dec 10, 2007
 
Great article, but allow a couple of comments. Do NOT go after McNabb. If you look carefully, he has not won anything, except beat the Bears in a couple of play-off games. He is a great guy, but not a quarterback for a struggling team. Re-sign Grossman, play Orton in the final three games, and prepare to move Griese. Draft a Div II QB and prepare him to play. As you write, the O line needs immediate and dramatic help, probably through a combination of the draft and free agency. Draft a running back, such as Mendenhall if he is available. He has more heart than Benson will ever have, and more speed and toughness as well. If necessary, pursue a running back by trade or free agency, but the price for Turner and/or Jones will be too high.(Bring Julius Jones to the Bears after tossing his brother? Dumb call.) The defensive line, as you note, needs stability and health, not necessarily new people. They have a great core, even if it is appropriate to not pay Walker his roster bonus in March. We need safeties. We do not have one that is worth keeping, unless Brown can somehow assure his health.(How about Brown as a coach?) This is an area that needs rebuilding immediately. Finally, Babich and Turner need to go -- even before the last game if possible. As another commenter noted, Babich has destroyed a once-proud defense, and Turner's play calling borders on the absurd. And, for the finale, I would recommend telling Lovie, 2008 is your critical year. If you can't provide the leadership necessary to take a fairly good group of players to the play-offs, you will be gone. I am embarrassed by his constantly confused look on the sideline as he stares at the jumbo-tron.
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#45
Dec 10, 2007
 
Get the Williams kid some time to see what he can do next year when Briggs is completing the best LB trio in the NFL next year as a member of the NFC North Champion Green Bay Packers.
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#46
Dec 10, 2007
 
Zack R wrote:
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Darren McFadden has the potential to be as good (or better) than AP. Unfortunately, he will be off the boards before the Bears draft (somewhere between #9-13).
I agree 100%. McFadden is AP without the injury issues. Unfortunately, he'll be playing for the Patriots (with the pick they got from the 49ers -#2 overall).
M Fitz

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#47
Dec 10, 2007
 
agree with playing orton throughout remaining games. He most likely will be as productive as griese without the interceptions!!! He would be a better backup
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#48
Dec 12, 2007
 
Nothigng about replacing Ron Turner as offensive coordinator of the Bears.

If the media won't address this than it is a waste to talk about offensive talent comming to the Bears. Ron Turner can't utilize talent.

If Ron Turner comes back just draft defense in the 1st 3 rounds. Don't spend the first day drafting offensive players. The Bears will be wasting money on offensive players that and inept offensive coordinator does not know how to use.
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#49
Dec 18, 2007
 
Hey Haugh, is Orton still possible worth a first day draft pick? LOL ROFLMAO Maybe the Bears will hire you as GM LOL
Chris F

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#50
Dec 18, 2007
 
My only disagreement with Haugh's evaluation is quaterback. Take a look at three teams over 30 years:
Detroit, a couple of playoff games, both losses, no quality quarterback in any of those years.
Bears, amost as pathetic but had one quality quarterback and won a superbowl.
Vikings, quality quarterbacks and or competitive quarterbacks and only missed playoffs a handful of times.

Grossman is done. He's too short to be a quality quarterback his best days are over. He could be a backup. Orton and Griese are absolute jokes and aren't even backup quality.

Get a qualifty veteren quarterback at all costs and draft a young prospect for the future to shore that position up now.

Again, the Vikings got it. They have two backups behind Travaris who everyone passed on, that could be starters on many other teams in need. If nothing else they can trade one of them and get more draft choices.
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#51
Dec 21, 2007
 
well when i thought i could'nt possibly feel any worse than prevously before lossng anther give away game.
I mean comeon..game one chargers gave that one up
detroit 34 points in one quater gave that one up minn at home gave that one up seattle just seemed like we quit playing gave that one up
cowboys i still think we should have one that game
and the washington game that was a joke but it do'nt get worse than losing to ELI and the giants that game will stick in my crawl a long time.
we need some heart..........

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