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I think right now Lance Briggs has to be the no. 1 priority in the offseason. With Urlacher now in his 30's and with back issues, he isn't the best in the game anymore. Briggs has played like a defensive player of the year caliber player and if you ask me, it is crucial to bring him back.
Anyone know what our cap situation will look like in the offseason?
We don't ahve the money to resign Briggs, if we do we lose Harris, and Berrian at the least.
I think resigning the CBs was a mistake. Seriously, CB is one of the easiest positions to fill in a Cover 2 scheme, why let go of your PB WILL to resign 2 Cover 2 CBs?
Well anyway, the damage is done, and now I would look to the draft (preferably round 3) for an LB replacement. I know you guys are also big on some in house talent as well.
I think this year's draft compliments some of your weaknesses very well. Its a great year for Tackles, and you guys definately need them. Im with BF51, don't get a RB early with other holes on the roster. Besides, with this deep class, a solid day 2 RB will be available.
I think qb is gonna be tricky. Because this offseason will be very interesting. Does McNabb become available? What about Lossman? Then of course, theres the depth in the draft to look into. Me personally, I like Woodson the best so far from what Ive seen (out of the potential guys coming out).
Safety will continue to be a problem. The safety class is very thin.
I think the WR core will be fine. Leave it alone. Olsen will help, with better oline and qb play, Berrian will be better. Hester is developing. Perhaps a possession guy to replace Muhammad? That can be found rather easily.
I think it's the injuries. Against San Diego we played a lot of man and blitzing. Once Brown and Vasher got hurt it seems like they're much less willing to let Trumaine McBride play up on the ball, especially when the guy behind him are terrible.
I like Anderson as a capable backup, but he has so many weapons and a strong o-line in Cleveland. It could be a tough transisition. Anyway, signing a FA QB would help the bears so much not have to deal with drafting a QB in the first. OT is an obvious need and with the depth in this draft, it could be great to add a LT to the team in the first.
Originally posted by Halsey
I don't have to watch it to know it was not interesting.
I didnt get to see any of the game yesterday, but my dad told me afterwards that some of the analysists were saying that they had never seen a starting RB that does down as easily as benson does. That says a lot to a guy who is supposed to be a power runner
this is exactly what I'm getting at. Again I'm not saying he's incapable of being a good back because we've seen what he could do last season. My problem with him is his mental drive. He seems to play well when he "wants" to. This for me just doesn't cut it. Damnit we let the guy who should be starting over his ass go. If you ask me the guy we let go should still be here while he's riding the pine but this wouldn't be a smart decision due to the crazy pay they gave him. I can understand that.
Now that he's received his pay, and handed a starting position that was given to him to justify his selection he should be running like there's no tomorrow. What I'm seeing is the exact opposite of what I saw last year. I'm not speaking about the o-line hear. I'm speaking about Cedric Benson running with authority. The guy is running like he's pooped his pants. There's no drive with this guy. He's running like he doesn't need to impress anyone. The guy simply has it all backwards. He needs to earn his keep. I'm not impressed.
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).
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.