The Chicago Bears have had their fair share of players that have been overrated in their long and storied history. Some of the names that come to mind include quarterback Cade McNown, running backs Curtis Enis and Rashaan Salaam and perhaps even quarterback Jim McMahon.
Granted, the Bears don’t have a lot of players on the team that are overrated but they do have a few. Some of these guys will be obvious but a couple others may come as a surprise to some.
And just like every other team in the NFL, the Bears have their underrated players as well. Those are the guys that work hard day in and day out but never get the credit that they deserve.
It’s time that they earned the respect and publicity that they deserve. So we will feature some of those guys here in this slideshow.
So now, let’s take a look at the five most overrated guys on the Chicago Bears as well as five of the most underrated guys on the team heading into the 2010 season.
Urlacher is, hands down, the most overrated player on the team at this time. For all of the hype that has been given about him, he has clearly underperformed during the past few seasons and has probably reached his prime. This season will be a “tell all” in terms of just how far he has fallen or perhaps he will turn things around and become great again.
Adams has had a hard time of it in Chicago. He ends up playing very well (sometimes better than any other defensive tackle that the Bears have) and then he sits on gameday. Adams has made a big difference on the defensive line for the Bears when he is in there and doesn’t get enough credit for what he does.
Even though some of Cutler’s problems aren’t entirely his fault, the team certainly hasn’t gotten anything close to what the price they paid back out of him. Right now he stands to be the most overrated Bears player in history if he can’t get the job done on offense. Let’s hope for his sake and for the sake of Bears fans everywhere that he does.
If there is one guy on this team that is consistently underrated its tight end/h-back Desmond Clark. Clark has been in the NFL for several years, is 33 years old and deserves a lot more credit for some of the things that he has done than he gets. Although he’s entering the twilight of his career, Clark still has a lot to offer the Bears.
Harris can be considered to be a huge find if you look at his play early in his career but as of last season, it appeared as if Harris was washed up and after all the hype and the money that the got he wasn’t going to live up to his billing. It will be interesting to see how well he does in 2010 after having what some consider to be a pretty decent offseason.
It seems as if every preseason, Davis is on the chopping block in terms of getting cut and sent back into the NFL (or AFL) abyss. However, Davis has managed to make it through final cuts each and every time and while his impact on the Bears may not be that noticeable, he’s a valuable asset on special teams and can even catch the ball well in a pinch.
It’s difficult to say that Louis is overrated at this point since he is only just beginning his starting career with the Bears and has actually done well for a former seventh round pick. However, the coaching staff is seeing something in Louis that no one else seems to be able to see and have anointed him the starter when there may have been other options out there. Let’s see how well he does during the regular season but it may be safe to say that he could be the weakest link on the offensive line.
Yes, Knox has gotten some hype during the preseason (especially in fantasy football circles) but he still hasn’t gotten the amount of credit or the attention that he deserves. If he ends up having a big season, Knox could become one of the most popular Bear receivers since Marty Booker.
As a special teams player, Hester is one of the best in the business but as a wide receiver, Hester is clearly overrated. Perhaps some of his trouble has to do with the way things have worked out on offense and at the quarterback position but he clearly doesn’t look like he’s cutting it as a wide receiver just yet.
Yes, Bennett has struggled to learn the offense and has had a rough preseason but he managed to make the roster and now stands poised to become an important part of the offense. Bennett did not get the credit he deserved for his play last season and played very well. Can he do it again in 2010?