“Let’s get something straight: I have a five starting linemen right now. Unless the five starting linemen falter, that’s who’s opening the season against Atlanta. There’s not a competition.”–Bears Offensive Line Coach Mike Tice
And your starting offensive line for your 2011 Chicago Bears is…Left Tackle, JaMarcus Webb. Left Guard, Chris Williams. Center, Roberto Garza. Right Guard, Lance Louis. Right Tackle, Gabe Carimi. You might notice that there is one name in particular missing from the list of starters that has been written in stone…CHRIS SPENCER. Better known as the guy the Bears HAD to get so they gave 13 year starter and team captain an hour-long deadline. The gave Kreutz an hour to decide if he would take their mildly insulting offer so they could sign a guy who isn’t even going to start? How does that make any sense? The Bears essentially kicked arguably their best offensive lineman from the worst line in the NFL and decided to replace him from within. It would be hilarious if I wasn’t a Bears fan. As it is the Bears are now devoid of a leader, have a center who is switching positions, a guard who was drafted to be the franchise LT, and a rookie who was drafted to be the franchise LT playing RT. I didn’t think it was possible for the 2011 Bears O-Line to be worse than the 2010 version, but it’s certainly shaping up that way.
Then to spruce up the offense the Bears decide to draft Roy Williams who sucked last year in Dallas, but don’t worry he was good like 5 years ago in Detroit under Mike Martz. The Bears replaced a dynamic TE with a guy who will probably total 10 catches this year…but that makes sense because “Olsen doesn’t fit the Martz system”. Then they sign another Dallas Cowboy cast-off Marion Barber who now has the body of 55 year-old man because of the abuse he took early in his career. But they needed depth at RB and there weren’t any other good running backs…oh except for Ronnie Brown. Who signed in Philadelphia for less money and a shorter term than what the Bears gave to Barber.
But football is still king in Chicago and people will undoubtedly come out to watch the team play. Chicago was pretty excited about going to “Family Night” practice held at Soldier Field…until they found out that practice was canceled because the field wasn’t in good enough condition. The Bears are one of the original teams in this league. George Halas has got to be spinning in his grave right now because the Bears are a laughing-stock. It’s embarrassing to see a franchise with such great tradition fail at seemingly every aspect of running an NFL team. Chicago deserves better.
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Day one of NFL free agency and Jerry Angelo is already disappointing me. Rumors are swirling that the Bears will add to their receiving core like everyone has been begging for. The Bears have a TON of cap space. Some of the most in the league. They could easily target a game breaking wide receiver like Plaxico Burress, Randy Moss, Santana Moss, or Santonio Holmes. So who are they going after…Brad Smith. Are the Bears really in need of a former option quarterback who played a lot of wildcat for the Jets? Brad Smith had 4 catches last year. What would be the point of signing him?!?! UGH ANGELO MAKES ME SO MAD. It only took a day for me to want him fired again.
PS: Of all the guys listed above Santonio Holmes seems like he would be a perfect fit for the Martz offense.
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