The Bears have a tradition of great rb's, Angelo on the other hand has a horrid tradition with them....actually the Bears since Neal Anderson have a horrid tradition of rb's, don't think they are as easy to come by as the talking heads would make it seem. The speical ones are few and far between. Count how many teams you think have truly special rb's...we should count ourselves blessed.
I wouldn't say he's done poorly in that regard. TJ was a great pickup and though Benson was pretty much foisted on us because of where we drafted that year he has proven with Cincy that he's a quality back. Maybe not what you'd expect out of a 4th overall pick but then again what choice did we have?
Under his term as GM we've had AT who gave us a couple of good years and AP who was a much better RB than ayone ever gave him credit for. In 2004 he picked up TJ and Bryan Johnson who would have been a great FB had he not had career ending injuries. In 2008 we drafted Forte and sent Benson packing and Forte has been an all star pick IMO. In 2009 we picked up Bell as a FA, last year Unga as a supplemental pick and this year Barber as a FA. The only really poor move as it turns out has been Taylor and it didn't look like one when we did it. You can't blame JA or the fact that Taylor laid down like a tired old dog.
I agree that Forte is probably the most complete back we've had since Neal Anderson but signing TJ was a good move too. The guy had a good career with us and has continued to do so ever since traded him. That wasn't a good thing but it became necessary because of Benson's deal and TJ expiring contract. At least we got a 3rd round pick for him and not zilch like we'd have gotten for him later on.
I can fault JA for his failures with not getting a true #1 WR and of course for the miserable job he's done buliding an Oline so far but I got to give him a passing grade and better as far as his RB moves. We haven't done all that badly and now all we need to do is to keep the guys we've got now!
Last edited by soulman; 08-21-2011 at 01:03 PM.
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