I put a ton of stock in what you say Jabf, but a lot of times you can let your personal bias, or take a few bad games and let it skew your thought process. I highly enjoy your posts, even when I don't agree w/them.
Yeah. I know. But I was kind of thinking that the Hester package was something that would utilize his speed and open field elusiveness to score as a WR. In other words, that they were going to try to coach him up more to get better at those types of catches and/or devise plays where they could get the ball to him while he was running forward like on a return.
The Hester package has turned out to be the same as it was under Martz -- "We have no idea how to use this guy..."
I think if we had been able to keep Jeffery and Bennett healthy you would have seen more from him; while he was doing less. Again I look back to early in the year and he had that great TD grab and a really nice 3rd and long grab for a 1st; but then Forte got hurt, and Jeffery, and it catpulted how much he was needed and he showed his limitations. Remeber the reason they did this was b/c he wasn't able to do what he was doing on ST's b/c no one would kick to him; so they wanted to give him a chance on O; but those chances shouldn't be more then 3-4 times a game(ie punts/kr's); and that probably means 10-12 plays out of 60-70. If that happens he'll do us just fine until we have a chance to make a better move.
YES!YES! YES!! HALLELUJAH, PRAISE THE LORD, AND PASS THE O-LINEMAN!!!! PLEASE draft a pair of o-lineman in the first 2 rounds of the draft next year!Quote:
When you talk about needing to add help for the offense, it starts with the line. Emery didn’t draft a lineman this past year and he’s going to have to do it this April, a proposition made more difficult because the Bears are without their third-round draft pick. Lineman picks are rarely sexy, but would fans rejoice if the first two picks were used on offensive linemen?
Seriously, we need talent, competition, and depth across most of the o-line. Quite possibly in that order.
Ive said this before but I'll say again what Emery needs to strongly consider this offseason (despite it being unpopular). That is moving on from Hester. Especially if you can get a pick for him in trade. He's all but useless on O except in very select niche circumstances, the Bears seem unable to design plays that suit what receiver ability he might have, and his days as a game changing return man look pretty much over.
To me, OL and LB are more pressing draft needs, but I'd love to see a speedster Knox-type WR pick in the mid draft if possible. I doubt JK will be back and Hester has shown himself to be a non-factor on O and he's no longer young by NFL standards. Let's draft a new guy and work him in like so many other teams seem to do every year.
1. The oline was more consistent in giving Cutler time to pass, AND
2. We actually used Alshon, Bennett, a stud TE and Forte to mix things up more on offense?
3. We had an oline who could open up holes to run through consistently for Forte/Bush?
I'm no cap space guru like Soulman is so I could be wrong. Looking at it now, I see Spencer, KDavis, Spaeth, and Campbell as "not likely to return". Lance Louis and Urlacher are probably going to be cheaper to re-sign now that they've both been injured. Cutler says he's willing to accept a "home team discount" himself in return for bringing in more talent. Hester....well, you know my feelings on why he should be strongly looked at as a "time to move on" situation. So, maybe we might have more cap space available then previously thought.
First priority in FA though has to be signing a high quality LT and that will definitely not be cheap.