Sorry to digress off the point, but I want to bring up one point about the Lions with all the love they've received lately.. if you get enough high draft picks for years and years, anyone will eventually find a combination that will work. Sorry, I can't give them any more credit than finally getting a coach and a GM that have simply proven they don't have their heads in their butt. Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Suh are all there because they sucked. All were basically no-brainer picks.
Only if you name isn't Matt Millen and if you give JA a cap excess to work with every year he still won't build an offense around Cutler. We are saddled with a GM who can't build an offense plain and simple. In the 10 years he's been here we've only had an offense that rated in the top 20 once. That's pathetic.
This was the Bears preseason roster headed into last season. Where are there any offensive stars with the exception of Cutler? I only copied a portion of the whole piece so I'll post the link for those who care to review his entire draft history; http://thetribunalbar.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/753/
So what has the draft produced for this season’s beloved Bears…
WR – Devin Aromoshadu 4th Year – Free Agent (10 draft picks invested in the position not starting or on the roster) (gone)
WR – Johnny Knox – 2nd Year – 5th Round Pick (maybe a decent #2 WR) WR – Devin Hester – 4th Year – 2nd Round Pick (never gonna be a productive WR, but makes up for it as a returner) LT – Chris Williams – 2nd Year – 1st Round Pick (turning into a journeyman level OG, but not a LT like drafted for) LG – Roberto Garza – 10th Year – Free Agent (cheap, serviceable and consistent over the years) C – Olin Kreutz – 10th Year – Hatley Draft Choice
RG – Lance Louis – 2nd Year – 7th Round Pick (not up to NFL standards yet but has potential) RT – Frank Omiyale – 4th Year – Free Agent — BAD (no comment needed) TE – Desmond Clark – 8th Year – Free Agent (probably best offensive FA of his tenure) RB – Matt Forte 3rd Year – 2nd Round Pick (best offensive draft pick of his tenure and the only star) QB – Jay Cutler 5th Year – TRADE (best but most costly trade of his tenure)
DE – Julius Peppers 9th Year – Free Agent
DT – Tommie Harris 6th Year – 1st Round Pick
DT – Anthony Adams 8th Year – Free Agent
DE – Mark Anderson 4th Year – 5th Round Pick
LB – Hunter Hillenmeyer – 8th Year – Free Agent
LB – Brian Urlacher – 10th Year – Hatley Draft Choice
LB – Lance Briggs – 7th Year – 3rd Round Pick
CB – Charles Tillman – 7th Year – 2nd Round Pick
CB – Zackary Bowman – 3rd Year – 5th Round Pick
FS – Chris Harris – 5th Year – Trade
SS – Major Wright – Rookie 3rd Round Pick
K – Robbie Gould – Free Agent
P – Brad Maynard – Free Agent
LS – Pat Mannelly – Hatley Draft Choice…
Now tell me something… when you look at the overall talent level of this team and the volume of draft picks invested in the defensive line…the high draft choices invested in the secondary…the reality of 3 quarterbacks being drafted and having started in their tenure before having to trade for a franchise QB and give up 2 first round picks…
I can’t for the life of me see how a draft history where we took a three year nap while in the war room and walked away with little to nothing to show for the team…
Also the free agent signings we are making…Am I the only person worried that we continue to be the team that overpays a veteran in his third contract rather than making a dramatic splash in free agency by signing the young guy coming off his first contract (ie. bernard berrian)…
So that’s my draft review and state of the current roster. I compare that with the roster and coaching staff that Angelo inherited and went 11-5 and returned to the playoffs and eventually losing to Donovan McNabb and the Eagles…
So for all Angelo’s talk and bluster, we have one division title to show for it since his first season and it coincided with a Super Bowl run that quickly saw a roster fall apart as a result of the age and lack of capable young players in the waiting to take over their jobs…
I'll give the Packers credit for doing a great job drafting the right parts to fit their system... unfortunately.
That's the sum total of the offensive additions made during JA's tenure and still with the club as of last year. To those we can add; Caleb Hanie (UDFA), Earl Bennett (3rd rd pick, our best WR but not a #1 type), Ja'Marcus Webb (7th rd pick, questionable starter), Gabe Carimi (1st rd pick, starter), Marion Barber (FA, good backup when healthy) and Roy Williams (FA, see Frank Omiyale).
Three players have been drafted as LT's and the one starting was the lowest pick. Only three drafted players at WR are on the roster and none of them plays at an all-pro level. Not even close. The only drafted offensive player who has come close to achieving stardom is Forte and the best offensive player we obtained by trade is playing worse now than when he arrived due to the lack of talent surrounding him.
In view of this it really is hard to see why Jerry Angelo still has a job. With any other team but the Bears he'd have been gone long ago.
I'm getting to that age where a lifetime warranty just doesn't mean as much to me anymore as an afternoon nap.
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