Draft grades are in and the Chicago Bears win with an A+! No team drafted a reliable pro-bowl quarterback. Combine Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez and you get a QB that is 4 years younger with a lot of learning (and losing) to do. Enter Jay Cutler, and instantly the Bears are a couple of veterans away from becoming a serious contender as NFC representatives in the Super Bowl.
Ahh but here is the key, with the economy in the dumps, people and teams are looking to cut costs. The Bears cannot afford to pray that Cutler will win it all. Well its not just me asking for it, Jay Cutler needs help!
Although hype may lead you astray, newly acquired pro-bowler Jay Cutler cannot throw the ball to himself and thus needs help at the razor thin depth of quality wide receivers currently on the Bears roster.
Cutler himself has spoken to Bears brass regarding bringing in Plaxico Burress to resuscitate a receiving corps that is flat-lining. Orlando Pace also tried to lure former teammate Tory Holt to do the same. Currently, the Bears roster would lead you to believe that Devin Hester and Rashied Davis are the starters at wide receiver with some rookies looking to help. The Bears drafted Jonny Knox and Joaquin Iglesias to help bring play making ability to passing attack. There in lies the problem, Devin Hester is supposed to bring that threat to the offense. Likewise, last year when the offense was at its best, Brandon Lloyd was leaping up in the air in and winning verticality battles over smaller cornerbacks.
The Bears need a big time receiver that will assume the role that Brandon Marshall played for Jay Cutler. The man, unfortunately, is Plaxico Burress. Lovie Smith does not tolerate personalities like Plaxico, but we had Tank Johnson and we all know that the more guns you can bring to the fight the better!
Offense is not the only area for concern. Aging linebackers and questionable safeties also raise red flags. Brian Urlacher is getting older and the depleted defensive line no longer allows him to run freely. Gone are the days that Keith Traylor and Ted Washington literally ate offensive linemen on their way to inhibit Urlacher from making big plays. Now we have big names with little contributions. The most successful D-Lineman may be Israel Idonjie who is known for making big plays.
What to do, what to do....depth? With Derrick Brooks looking for a new home, I could not think of a better idea that to pair a proven winner to add depth to a solid but aging group of linebackers.
Last but definitely not least, the Chicago Bears secondary is about as reliable as my 401K plan right now. Likewise, the only staple, Charles "Peanut" Tillman is one injury away from forcing Urlacher to suit up at corner.
No one knows which Nathan Vasher will show up this year and with Mike Brown gone, it seems that Kevin Payne will lead his group of unproven safeties into a very crucial year for the defense.
A bright spot for Bears fans is Rookie 4th round draft pick DJ Moore out of Vanderbilt. Moore has a knack for big plays and may fill the role of Johnny on the spot that Mike Brown used to bring.
Only time will tell what management will do to help the 2009 Bears return to the playoffs and fulfill expectations; perhaps the splash of landing Jay Cutler will foreshadow the signings of a couple more veterans and return the Bears to the big show!