Bears Offseason Priority List
This is a list of the areas the Bears need to be addressed in order of importance.
The Bears do not have a play-maker at WR and it hurts the offense every week. Jay Cutler has made a mixed bag of #3 WRs look good when he plays, but there is no one that can go up and get the ball. The Bears are handcuffed by their inability to run a slant route on 3rd down, or throwing a fade in the end zone. A WR, especially a bigger WR, will make life easier on Cutler and I do not need to mention that this has become a passing league.
I have been one of the biggest J'Marcus Webb supporters, but after watching Ryan Clady I can see that we can upgrade over Webb. Webb has shown flashes of being good and then he becomes inconsistent. If the Bears want to reach their offensive potential the line needs to move from average to good to dominant and the only way for that to happen is too continue to add top end talent to the group.
Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman are good and can make plays, but neither of them can shut down a top level WR and both make enough mistakes that they can be upgraded on. A CB with solid size and coverage ability would be a nice add as the Bears do not have options as starting CBs, but are stacked at the Nickle position.
The Bears have two starting DEs that have an impact on the game, but both are over 30 and this defense is built on pressure. A young pass rusher with athletic upside would be nice as a developmental player behind Idonije and Peppers. The Bears need to add a pass rusher to the rotation as Wootton has not shown that he can get to the QB.
The Bears are in a similar situation at LB that they are at DE as they need to start thinking about the next generation at LB. The Bears do not need a starting LB as Roach, Urlacher and Briggs have shown that they can still play, but developmental players with speed are necessary to take advantage of an opportunity to learn and develop.
The safety group has youth, speed, some talent and injuries and inconsistency. I think the Bears need a veteran backup who can be a safety net as the young players like Wright and Conte develop.
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WR over OL? Only 1 OL position on your list?
I think that we are pretty solid at the interior OL positions,
Originally Posted by Jimmors
I think we need to bring in at least 2 OLmen.
Points one and two can not be argued against. If we can solve those two I guarantee a top 5 offense next season
Jimmors we have a rt in carimi or Louis and at guard we are fine between Louis, spencer, and Williams. The biggest eye sore that we see no progression out of is Webb.
The defense keeps bringing it even though everyone getting old. We need to retool but I would fix offense needs first. I think we can squeeze another year out of the defense especially if we can get this offense into top 5 form
Absolutely agree with Windy on that. Our WRs are painfully mediocre while our OL actually has some legit potential for once. Things will get interesting next season with Williams and Carimi healthy if Louis bounces back and proves worthy of consideration. Webb is indeed incredibly up and down. One week he'll look like he should be a swing tackle, the next he looks very much like an above average LT. It's incredibly frustrating and I hate to walk away from that potential, but potential only counts for so much and lasts for so long. Next year will be a huge one for him and I don't think management moves on from the promise of him and Carimi on the edges just yet. I could see a C/OG prospect adding an immediate boost to our depth and future plans, but I also see quite a few quality backups on the market who can do just that. I would be satisfied with one impact interior OL or LT and call it a more than successful offseason there. That makes our backup situation stronger by sheer virtue of moving one of Spencer, Louis or Webb to a backup role when they have shown flashes of high quality play as starters.
Originally Posted by Jimmors
What I disagree on is having DE above LB. Roach is nothing more than a passable system player and adding an actual player of impact there would be a much greater boost than a "developmental DE." Give me a legit starting SLB and I'm a happy man.
One thing people don't see is look how shitty packers oline is yet that offense is very potent cause of the four second round wrs Rogers has to throw the ball to. Sometimes the best help for an oline is better weapons
It's not just the WR's it's the QB being in the same system w/those WR's so they all know exactly what they are doing in all situations. It is the ONLY reason I don't want to see Martz leave next year. But yes WR's that your qb can trust to be where they are supposed to be, and have the ability to be open, and have the ability to fight for a ball that is not perfectly placed is a huge help to both the OL and the QB.
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I think that you are right on Webb and I might not be ready to move on, but I would look at a veteran that can push him and make him work while threatening to fill in.
Originally Posted by lklrlolnlilklsox
I think the way that this draft is going to break and the fact that we are getting a better pick every week we can get a top WR in the 1st and a dominant C prospect in the 2nd.
Number one priority should be the firing of Jerry Angelo.
Ya know I've never been a fan of BPA, but I think this team has enough holes that you almost have to take that approach going into FA and the draft. Just start grabbing shit. In the draft at 14-16 take any position outside of a QB(way to early to take one as a backup, but if we move back into the mid 20's fine). And continue. Would I perfer a WR/OL/DL sure, but if the best left is a Safety or Corner go for it. This team doesn't just need starters it needs depth too, and the only way to ensure a quality draft is to ignore needs and get playmakers.