Reporter: What did you like about Spencer(new Bears center replacing Kreutz)?
Jerry Angelo: “There weren’t a lot of centers out there…”
Whoa Jerry, way to sell it. I feel way better about letting Kreutz walk over a mere $500k now. Talk about a ringing endorsement. “Yeah we signed this guy because we didn’t have any options”. Full disclosure, I am not a big Olin Kreutz guy. His game seems to have slipped considerably over the past few seasons and the offensive line needed to be reconstructed obviously. However, this was not the time to start that process. Yes, the line sucked with Kreutz last season. Cutler got his ass kicked basically every game. My question is; where would the line have been without Kreutz? Why let your 13 year veteran, captain, and leader walk if you are only going to replace him with a guy you don’t really even want? Let’s say this guy Spencer is marginally better physically than Kreutz. He still only has a few weeks to learn an entire playbook in a new system. If there was ever a year and a player to over pay, the time was this offseason and the player was Kreutz. Martz and Angelo have created a leadership vacuum and have potentially downgraded their offensive line over a lousy 500k.
Reporter: There were trade rumors on Greg Olsen last year. Was this the time to move on from him?
Jerry Angelo: “Greg is a great kid. Works his tail off….we’re not really looking for Kellen Winslow, we’re looking for Mike Ditka. It’s no more than that. And we got some good compensation…We hope he’s a pro-bowler, and just has a great career….I said ‘Greg, the intent was to not extend you…”
Ok, so let me get this straight…Greg Olsen is a great kid, with a great work ethic, who you think has pro-bowl type ability…but you that’s not the kind of guy you want on your team? Call me crazy, but if you have a guy with Kellen Winslow ability…YOU FIND A WAY TO GET HIM THE BALL. The Bears have essentially replaced Olsen in the offense with Roy Williams. Olsen and Williams had basically identical numbers in 2010. So they trade a guy who is a leader, hard worker, and best friend of the franchise quarterback for a dumbass who is on his third team in like 5 years and thought it was a good idea to mail an engagement ring to his girlfriend with a video taped marriage proposal. Oh and that “good compensation” Angelo referenced. You got a 3rd round pick, man. You spent a first on Greg Olsen like 3 years ago. And…is a third round pick good compensation for a guy who think has pro-bowl talent? Mind boggling.
The team as constructed was one MCL sprain away from the Superbowl. Yet Jerry Angelo decided to take arguably two of the three most important guys on the offense and kick them out the door. I do like the fact that the Bears brought back LB Roach, and signed two other Cowboys in WR Sam Hurd and RB Marion Barber. Hurd is a great special teams guy and there are worse players you can have as your 5th WR. Not sure how much tape Barber has left on the roll, but I love his energy and competitiveness. 8-10 carries a game for Barber should help keep Forte fresh and could fire up the team on occasion when he goes beast mode with a stiff arm in someone’s grill. The other head scratcher Bears Free Agent signing was Vernon Gholston. Gholston was a high first round pick of the Jets out of Ohio State and the guy has been nothing but a bust since entering the league. He has a lot of physical tools, and maybe a change of scenery will good…but it seems highly unlikely. The guy will just collect a paycheck and continue to suck.
I am very bearish on the Bears heading into 2011. Brutal schedule, especially early. It’s not inconceivable that the Bears could be 2-5 heading into their bye week. The offense got worse, and the defense is another year older. It seems as though everyone in the NFC North got considerably better, and the Bears took a step back. I’d be shocked if this group gets to 9 wins.
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PS: This is the girl who Roy Williams mailed a $76,000 engagement to. Probably not the smartest way to go about a proposal, but girls that look like this cloud the brain.
Alright…wtf is going on up at Halas Hall? Is Jerry Angelo on strike or something? I mean I love Dane Sazenbacher as much as the next guy, but seriously all Jerry Angelo has done is sign guys that they didn’t want 3 months ago in the draft. Right as the lockout was getting settled all anyone would talk about was how much capspace the Bears had. They have like 37 million dollars just burning a hole in their pocket and they’ve done nothing with it. There’s a ton of great WRs out on the market…Sidney Rice? The guy who torches us twice a year? nah fuck that guy… pass. Let him go to Seattle. Santonio Holmes…who needs him when we could just go after his teammate Brad Smith? O-Line sucks, but lets just let the only somewhat competent guy we have walk to San Francisco. Real solid move. I would have bet money that their phone system was knocked out by all these storms until the rumor came out that they are calling other teams to trade TE Greg Olsen. It just makes NO sense. Why trade him now? It’s not like they are going to get a player of value back for him. They are going to get a mid round draft pick so they can draft some asshole out of Abilene Christian and replace Olsen with nothing. I am not liking what I am seeing for the Bears. Cutler is going to lose his center/leader and then also lose his TE/best friend on the team? Cutler just ended an engagement. The guy must be a wreck. He needs Olsen now more than ever.
The Bears have to spend money…and won’t. They need OL help…so they let their best one walk away. They need more weapons on offense…so they trade their best receiving TE? Someone please explain this to me. Its like Jerry Angelo is tanking this shit on purpose. The Bears were one gutless cheap shot on Cutler’s MCL from the Superbowl and now I feel like they are staring 0-3 in the face. Atlanta, New Orleans, and then Green Bay is no way to start the season when your team only has like 30 guys on it. Sign someone, anyone…please. Get off your ass and get on the phone.
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