Bears resign Garza

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    Probably expected but not an improvement.
     
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    God dammit
     
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    Now draft his replacement and give him this year to learn the ropes.
    Good situation.
     
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    I'm fine with a one year contract. Garza does provide leadership to the younger players on the line. He is a proven leader in the locker room. Maybe Boggs might win the job in camp. Maybe we draft a center, who could learn and take over next year. In the past few years there aren't too many centers drafted who start out day one. Many start playing guard or sit on the pine and learn.
     
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    I know a lot of people thinks that this is not a step forward. I look at it as NOT a step back.

    I have seen how poorly the Ravens offensive line looked after the old and crusty was replaced by the young fresh guy.

    Center is important and this year is not the year to try to find a replacement when the defense needs to be rebuilt.

    This was a prudent move.
     
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    md, again this is not about one or the other, you can do both. Starting C's are rarely found in the first 2-3 rounds, they are normally found in the later rounds.

    That being said, it was an obvious move. No one else was going to want him, and the Bears never found his replacement, and w/the resinging of Boggs I don't see them drafting a C early or even late, it'll probably be a UDFA guy that will sit on the PS.
     
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    I see it as a prudent but unspectacular move. And this is almost assuredly Garza's last year (didn't Kreutz start falling off the cliff performance-wise around age 34/35?) so there better be a replacement in the pipeline this year being groomed to start next year.

    Could it be Boggs?
    Or a new udfa or late rounder?
    Or even moving Slauson over if they find a new LG to take his place?

    Ric, I agree that most centers aren't drafted high and Kromer has a rep for developing late round/udfa OL talent. And I know we don't have the luxury of using a high or even mid pick on one with all the defensive needs. But it wouldn't bother me at all to use our 6th round options on a C and/or RB.
     
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    We didn't have much choice. We probably should have drafted his replacement a couple of years ago. I agree with Ric in that we should be able to develop a solid young guy from later rounds or UFA, but those guys usually can't play day-1, so that's why we should have planned ahead and got the new youngster on board in time to have been able to phase out Garza before this year. I'm not hating on Garza at all here. It's just a situation where we could seriously have upgraded our OL with something better - and it should have happened a couple of years ago. Yet another year with him is not too good IMHO. Oh well. It is what it is. Lots to fix on this team, and not enough resources to fix everything in 2014. That's the bottom-line.
     
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    I thought there were some decent options out there this year in free agency....but oh well.
     
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