Bears Talk

The NFL season ended with a completely underwhelming thud, and so that means we can get all excited about offseason moves.  The basic GM conundrum revolves around how to compete with the NFC West.   The NFC West is to the NFL what the SEC West is to college football.

The Bears finished last season at 8-8 despite being the second best offense in the NFL.  They vastly underachieved.  The Bears have two of the best outside WR and have their QB locked in for the next seven years.  The offensive prospects lead us to expect more-better next year.  And, let’s be honest, the Bears’ playmakers will be too expensive to keep when their contracts are up, so better strike while the iron’s hot.

The Bears have an embarrassment of riches at WR – Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall are at least as good as Anquan Boldin and Dez Bryant.  The CB position is well represented by Tillman, Jennings and Hayden.  With Cutler capable of 35-40 TD’s a season there’s reasonable expectations for more than 8 wins.  Phil Emery I’m talking to you and only you. You need to harness the weapons at your disposal because I think you’ve put the right guy in charge. Trestman can round out Cutler’s game and make him better.  What do you need to do to trim the fat?  First, move on from Peppers.  It’s time.  Sure, the Bears invested a ton in him, but get something for him before you’re left trying to catch a falling knife. McClellan can go too. And in so doing adopt a policy of never acquiring a pass rusher who wasn’t in a BCS title game. Then shore up your offensive defense through the draft.  Aim for takeaway and opportunistic talent and keep building through the draft.  If you stay focused on building the defense then you watched the same Bears I watched.

If you feel compelled to make a change on the O-line then FA is your best bet but spend more on in-house guys than guys to be brought in. The draft is your bread and butter; you have the 14th pick and if you don’t grab either CJ Moseley, Justin Gilbert, Haha Clinton-Dix, Timmy Jernigan, Kony Ealy or Cyrus Kouandjo then I’m gonna be none too happy.  Any of these six are gonna offset structural deficiencies.  Then maybe the Packers are reasonably in your sights.

I have really high hopes for this season.  The Bears gave a lot of games away and had the division in their hands but lost it.  This year the Bears should get a bye in the playoffs, and should at least make it to the final four. There’s no reason to think that this can’t be the year. Then again who knows? Other teams see themselves as only a few players and plays away as well.