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Old 11-01-2007, 04:36 AM    (permalink
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It's real simple to me, who do I feel has more room for improvement over the next 3-4 years. The runningbacks, the quarterbacks, the offensive line, the wide recievers, the linebackers, or the safety position.

While I'm a supporter of Griese as our QB of now, he's not going to get any better at 32. I just don't think Orton is a real NFL QB. I'm fine keeping him around as an emergency guy, but that's all I believe he'll ever be. Grossman is Grossman. I think that bridge has been burnt.

At offensive tackle there isn't a guy under 30, unless you count the practice squad. There isn't a single developmental player here.

The runninback and safety positions have been a big problem this year no doubt, but at least we've got youth there. Danieal Manning can certainly get better, as can Benson. Wide Reciever is tricky because if Berrian is back then it drops. If Berrian isn't it becomes a big problem. Moose is basically done. He has good hands, but he's not a starter anymore. Hester has the potential, but I certainly don't feel comfortable handing him anything. Bradley just seems to dissapear, they've been giving him PT lately and he still has produced nothing. Linebacker to me is a bigger question than most. I hate Jamar Williams. I just don't see the production from the guy that most do. As of now I'd rather have Okwo playing, and even that isn't all that appealing. Would I love to replace every position that isn't producing every chance I get? Sure. But in the scheme of things, runningback is at best 4th-5th on my list.
I understand your concern for youth bearsfan_51 but as you've addressed your need for adding younger players I'm advocating adding "talented" players. While I'm not saying you don't I think this needs to be the primary concern for the simple fact..we have players who should be near or at their prime "NOW".

I've stated concern for the O-Line this year. Its a definate need as all of our starting O-Lineman are older than dirt. In order to be productive we need to try to address both situations. I think adding some young lineman is definatelly going to help us in the long run. I also believe adding people at skilled positions will help us as well. It's going to have to be a collaboration of both FA and draft to get this team over the hump. I don't think the draft alone will address all the concerns we currently have. Its pretty evident the Bears have quite a bit of offseason work to do regardless of how we end up this season.

Safety (possibly one of the most obvious needs), O-Line (these guys are old and we really need some youth here), QB (rookie to groom), RB (competition to get Benson off his ass), DT (we had depth but who knows what ended up happening here), WR (possibly someone to challenge our current receivers although I think we have decent core for the future).
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Old 11-04-2007, 11:02 AM    (permalink
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General manager Jerry Angelo surely understands it's going to require an offseason of heavy lifting to keep the Bears in contention. These are quick fixes, not answers for the long haul. The gap between the Bears and the top has grown considerably since Desmond Clark was tackled by Cato June on the last play of Super Bowl XLI. Just watch Indianapolis and New England today to see how far.

Angelo said Wednesday he'll wait until the end of the season to determine if quarterback is his top need again. He's already looking high and low, having personally checked out Boston College's Matt Ryan.

A league source is convinced Lance Briggs will be with the Bears for the long haul, saying there is an increased buzz the parties will reach an accord. The combination of Urlacher's chronic injury and Briggs' play and attitude combine to lend credence to the information.

There are a multitude of decisions that need to be made. Many have been quick to finger the offensive line for shortcomings, primarily because of age. That could be an easier fix than you think. The Bears will be at a crossroads with right tackle Fred Miller. He has a roster bonus in March of $500,000 and is on the books for $4 million in base pay for 2008 with a cap number of $5.8 million. His play, while hampered by knee and ankle injuries, has slipped at 34.

The Bears could draft a right tackle, slide Terrence Metcalf in at left guard for 35-year-old Ruben Brown and be younger and cheaper at the same time. The question is can Angelo find a right tackle in the second round?
An interesting quote from a Sun-Times article with a few nuggets of information.
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Cut Miller and save that money, draft a LT, and move Tait back to RT where is more suited to play.
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Oh yeah, Briggs is a must to be re-signed.
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Oh yeah, Briggs is a must to be re-signed.
Tommie Harris is a muster.
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Tommie Harris is a muster.
I know you guys are adamant about getting an O-Line in the draft as I am this year also. What do you guys think about this? Grab one or two of these guys in FA and Draft another in the top 3 to add some youth to our team.

UFA's this season

OG - Ryan Lilja Age: 26 Team: Indy Colts Years: 4
OG - Jake Scott Age:26 Team: Indy Colts Years: 4
OG - Alan Faneca Age: 30 Team: Pitt Steelers Years: 10

OT - Max Starks Age: 25 Team Pitt Steelers Years: 4
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I'm always leery of Colts lineman just because they always suck when they go somehwere else. I give you Rick DeMulling as an example.

Don't know much about Starks but Steelers fans ***** about him all the time. I think he'd be an ok RT though if we wanted to draft elsewhere.

I really don't think we need to draft a guard. Garza-Metcalf-Beekman is an adequate rotation. Considering all of our other questions I'm not as concerned about guard.
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I'd like to see what we have in Beekman before paying money to FA. I'd stay away from Faneca, due to his age and salary. And it's unlikely that Indy will let Scott and Lilja go and neither will be cheap. I think Beekman can start as early as next year, and if we lose a few more games I think we need to let him get some reps.
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Give me Ryan Clady or Sam Baker in the 1st and Heath Benedict (G/RT) in the 3rd.
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