I Know it seems like an eternity ago, but the Bears went 15-3 and made it to the holy grail that is the Super Bowl. This was only two seasons ago, Bears fans, and we need to right the ship.
Ron Rivera should have never been let go and Bob Babich should have been sent packing with the rest of his defensive coordinators.
When Ron was running the show the defense was one of the top five in the league year after year. Here's a news flash, it's not anymore and hasn't been since our almost magical Super Bowl season of 2006.
It looks like we are stuck with the coaches we have now, but I do love the signing of Rod Marinelli. The man built the Tampa Bay D-line, and turned Sapp and Rice into future Hall of Famers.
I am going to focus on the upcoming draft, and I need you fellow Bears fans to offer your input so we can get this team back to a Super Bowl contender. Are you with me?
Let's start with the NFL draft coming up in April. The Bears say they think they have their QB of the future in Kyle Orton. Wouldn't you feel better if they knew? I am not ready to give up on Orton until I see what he can do with some weapons around him.
I don't want to draft a QB in the early rounds even if one falls to us, because we have more pressing needs at the moment. What is wrong with developing a "win now attitude," something that seems to be a foreign language to Angelo.
What the Bears need to focus on in the first round is a play maker who can score from anywhere, and do it often. One person who comes to mind is WR Jeremy Maclin. He is an absolute game changer and caught over 100 balls for over 1,000 yards last year for Missouri.
He is 6'1, 200 pounds, has great hands and mind-numbing speed. He should clock a low 4.3 at the combine. The only problem I see with him is that he's so good he might not be there when the Bears pick at 18.
Maybe it's time to try something different and instead of always trading down every year, we trade up and grab a top notch play maker. I don't know if Angelo knows that this is allowed. Maybe he needs a little refresher course in the rules of drafting.
Many so called draft experts have the Bears taking Percy Harvin if Maclin is gone. I love Harvin; he too is a game-changer, but don't we have a Percy Harvin clone in Devin Hester?
I see them as the same player, undersized, multiple positions, returners, and blazing speed. So lets cross him off the list.
We want to win now so a project like Darius Heyward-Bey, who only is a sophomore and only had 600 yards receiving last year, doesn't get my juices flowing.
Some of the LB's that could be available such as Brian Cushing, James Laurinaitis, or Clay Matthews would be interesting, as adding one of them would vault our LB's toward the top of the league. Urlacher, Briggs, and Cushing would look pretty good to me.
Another player I love, but might not be there, is Vontae Davis. Yeah, he's got some minimal baggage, but he is definitely a top-shelf corner and probably would go before Malcolm Jenkins on pure athleticism alone. If he were available, it would be tough not to look at him.
The player I love and has been a steady riser in the draft boards is Kenny Britt from Rutgers. This kid can play and after a slow start due to an injury, ended up having a monster season.
Though only a junior, he finished with the most receiving yards in Big East history. He finished with 87 catches for 1,371 yards and seven touchdowns. He is 6'4", 215 pounds and reminds me of Randy Moss.
He would be a perfect complement to Devin Hester on the other side and allow him to go deep more often while Britt worked the middle. I haven't seen one draft that had the Bears taking Britt, but he has been eyeballed by the Giants a few picks later. I like him much more than DHB or Hakeem Nicks.
If the Bears wait to the second and third rounds to get a play maker, then they will get less athletic, more project types to choose from. If we need a true number one WR, then we need to pick one in the first round.
Then in the second round we could get someone like DE Robert Ayers to address the pass rush, or T Phil Loadholt to shore up the aging O-line. I also like Macho Harris, he is another play-maker the Bears sorely need.
If Tyson Jackson slips into the middle of the second, as some are projecting, he would be a great pick because he can play DT or DE. He would look scary next to Harris in the middle.
I know we also need a FS to replace Mike Brown, but the second day is where Angelo really works his magic when it comes to the secondary. Dereck Pegues from Mississippi State is another player that the Bears should look at because he is a play maker and can play corner as well as his prime position of safety. He has great hands and has the ability to score any time he touches the ball. He is also an outstanding returner. With all the problems the Bears have in their secondary, a player as versatile as Pegues would be a great addition.
We also need to pick up a compliment back to go with Matt Forte.
Devin Moore from Wyoming is a sleeper who is moving up and has Chris Johnson type speed. He would give the Bears the two headed attack that is so important in the NFL today. Look at what the Giants did with Jacobs, the power back, and Ward the speed back. Moore would be a perfect compliment to Forte. We need someone to help keep his carries down, and Moore has that blinding breakaway speed allowing him to take it to the house on any play.
So that's my two cents for what it's worth, Bears fans. Now it's time for you to please help out and offer your suggestions so we can get our team back on top!