2009 NFL draft: Safety Rashad Johnson...

2009 NFL draft: Safety Rashad Johnson thinks he'd be good fit w...

There are 12 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 20, 2009, titled 2009 NFL draft: Safety Rashad Johnson thinks he'd be good fit w.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The kid from tiny Sulligent, Ala., has come a long way since wrapping broccoli at the Piggly Wiggly supermarket.

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Big Ed

United States

#1 Apr 20, 2009
It sounds on the surface like Johnson was standing up for his buddy in this altercation. That attitude seems like one of the "intangibles" that make a great teammate.
greg from chicago

Chicago, IL

#2 Apr 20, 2009
Draft this kid if he's there at 49.
Wrigley Field Bear

United States

#3 Apr 20, 2009
I'd love to have Johnson. And a good pass rushing end, a good run stuffing tackle, a good receiver, and a good guard. The lines are more fundamental to winning than defensive backs, so that has to be considered. But as I've said before, 1) draft the best player available at a number of needed positions and 2) draft picks are for the future.
WI Bear

New Auburn, WI

#4 Apr 20, 2009
I like the fact that he wasn't making any excuses ("Poor Pitiful Me").

Take him.

Dang, is it football season yet?
ldc

Champaign, IL

#5 Apr 20, 2009
Frankly, this is who we need to take if he is available.

People keep talking about the WR position, but it is only one skill area on an offense.

The team also has two legit TEs, and a RB who is a threat out of the backfield.

And while he may never become Steve Smith -- and I'm not yet convinced he won't -- Devin Hester is at the very least a No. 2 option at the position, at least now with a QB that can get him a deep pass.

Davis also shined with Grossman at the helm.

Compare that situation to that of Safety.

Payne is an in the box player, and after that you have Stelz -- a solid special teamer but not much more -- Manning, who they frankly ruined by switching him around so much and Bullocks, a guy who was so bad, the Saints cut him.

If this team had found a legit safety after 05, this team might have won the Super Bowl, and it was certainly a problem the past two years.

Furthermore, a Safety can come in and have an immediate impact more regularly than a WR. Even the guys who produced over the past ten years did not have great beginnings (Engram, M. Robinson, M. Booker, B. Berrian).

Safety is the way to go if he is there.
Grover

Britton, MI

#6 Apr 21, 2009
Another safety or defensive player with the first pick? No, no and no. Lovie's defense alternates between wasting and squandering the skills of the players you have, like lance and brian, and chewing them up and spitting them out like the parade of failed safeties they have drafted. What happened to the safety they took last year, he could barely get on the field. What they need is a better defense and better defensive coordinator to design a defense that actually works and gets the most out of the high paid players on the team. It is stupid to pay a defensive player, millions and then just make them responsible for a gap, that is a waste of talent and money. It reduces the stars you have to journey men in a defense that is designed to just keep it close. So, why bother drafting a defensive safety, you would be just as well to wait and pick one up off the waiver wire. If the bears had a modern gm and coach like shanahan they would be drafting wide receivers and offensive lineman. But they will waste more picks trying to perfect a flawed defensive scheme. Have fun lovie while it lasts.

Since: Oct 08

Dane, WI

#7 Apr 21, 2009
We all know the cover 2 is done in the NFL but do the Bears or Lovie for that matter? Its time to go to 3-4 Defense and let this Defense lose on the other teams to bury there QB's like this D-line can if Lovie let Rod do his thing with the Defense, The Bears have what it takes to make it to the Super Bowl this year and next year! SO LOVIE cut the apron strings and let the Monsters out, can't wait to see them attack Aaron Rodgers, who ever the Vikings have

Since: Jul 08

Windsor, Ontario

#8 Apr 21, 2009
Defence wins championships - any argument with that?

If not, they should take this kid if he's available. With his interception ability, he might even turn into an option at wideout.

Heh BEARSNUT - I agree with you man, the Cover 2 has been solved and should be dumped. It only works if you've got dominating tackles and an outside pass-rush and the Bears have neither right now.

GO BEARS - DRAFT A STUD!!!
matza

Gilbert, AZ

#9 Apr 21, 2009
The Bears need a TALL wr. A 200-225 lb.rb. with some quickness would be nice as a backup. An aggressive safety is needed also. The best athlete availiable in one of these positions will do nicely.
deputydawg

Nashville, TN

#10 Apr 21, 2009
I will be glad when this is over. There is no way to solve all the problems/holes but every team has them. I have always said it starts up front now the O-line has been addressed they need to work from front to back a run stuffer would improve the entire defense not another Harris type I mean a Williams type to play NT that would keep guards off Urlacher and double teams off Harris. NUFF SAID - GO BEARSSS
ldc

Champaign, IL

#11 Apr 21, 2009
Grover wrote:
Another safety or defensive player with the first pick? No, no and no. Lovie's defense alternates between wasting and squandering the skills of the players you have, like lance and brian, and chewing them up and spitting them out like the parade of failed safeties they have drafted. What happened to the safety they took last year, he could barely get on the field. What they need is a better defense and better defensive coordinator to design a defense that actually works and gets the most out of the high paid players on the team. It is stupid to pay a defensive player, millions and then just make them responsible for a gap, that is a waste of talent and money. It reduces the stars you have to journey men in a defense that is designed to just keep it close. So, why bother drafting a defensive safety, you would be just as well to wait and pick one up off the waiver wire. If the bears had a modern gm and coach like shanahan they would be drafting wide receivers and offensive lineman. But they will waste more picks trying to perfect a flawed defensive scheme. Have fun lovie while it lasts.
And Shanahan's "modern" approach led him to getting fired after making the playoffs ones in the last eight years.

Why? He had no concept of defense.

There is nothing wrong with the Cover-2. In fact, it has produced some of the best defenses in history and two of the last six SB champions.

“Life is good”

Since: Apr 09

Rock Island IL

#12 Apr 22, 2009
Defense wins championships. Period.

Take this kid if he is available.

As for the 4-3 vs the 3-4 I agree with Bum Phillips - you play to your strength... The bottom line is pressure - which configuration gets that done with the players you have?

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