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I dunno if I would of called Benson downright awful. While he certainly didnt perform like the Top 5 pick he was drafted as, he did have over 4 YPC his first two years, and never had over 200 carries as a Bear. So while he did have his off field issues and his injuries, I dont think its fair to call him absolutely atrocious. He was never really given a shot to be the true #1 they drafted him to be because Thomas Jones broke out the year he was drafted.
Im not critiquing the Bears for cutting him. I would of cut his ass too. It seemed every month there was a new headline starring Benson in some sort of off the field incident. I wouldnt of put up with that immature **** either. Its good to see him turn it around, I was a big fan of his running style at Texas. But the Bears were absolutely right in letting him go.
I'd beg to differ about him being awful. Maybe not the worst in the league, but their were some games where he was absolutely brutal for the Bears.
He was never really given a shot to be the true #1 they drafted him to be because Thomas Jones broke out the year he was drafted.
I have to disagree with this. His first year he hurt himself with his holdout and was slow learn his blocking assignments in the passing game. He got a chance to start later in the year when Jones got banged up a bit but he got hurt that same game and was out most of the rest of the year.
His second year the organization handed him the starting job (much to the chagrin of the rest of team that saw Thomas Jones as the leader of the offense) without even letting him and Jones compete. He hurt his arm in early in training camp and then Jones took back his job and ran the Bears to the Superbowl.
After the Superbowl year the Bears traded away Thomas Jones who had steadily outperformed him and handed the starting job to Benson on a silver platter again. When they drafted a backup RB, they overlooked many all purpose backs and went with Garrett Wolfe, who was purely a complementary back that would never ever challenge Benson for the starting job. They went out their way to ensure there wasn't any doubt that Benson was their guy.
In his time in Chicago he was either injured or out played, and in the end it was the disciplinary issues that did him in so I don't think anyone can say he wasn't given a chance to show what he could do.
Also one thing that stings with the Benson era is when the Bears had the chance to trade up to the sixth overall pick from the Redskins, they passed on the opportunity to draft Adrian Peterson one spot ahead of the Vikings because they had so much confidence that Benson was their guy. One year later Benson is no longer on the team. Ugh.
yea but if we had traded for the 6th overall we wouldve lost briggs who was at that point a big part in our defense, even if he was disgruntled. Right now, he is prolly the best player on our defense and prolly the best 4-3 OLB. With AD having some issues, the FO decided to rather give Benson another chance. And Olsen is not that bad either