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Without a doubt in my mind, the Chicago Bears have been the most baffling team in the NFL so far in 2011.
Chicago was a pleasant surprise in 2010, narrowly losing in the NFC Championship game to the Green Bay Packers. They looked like a promising team going into 2011. Then, general manager Jerry Angelo inexplicably decided to gut key players on the roster.
They traded talented tight end Greg Olsen to the Carolina Panthers for a third-round draft pick. His replacement? Former Steelers blocking tight end Matt Spaeth, who caught a whopping nine passes in 2010.
Then, Chicago brought in a pair of Dallas Cowboy castoff receivers in Sam Hurd and Roy Williams.
Roy Williams was at one time a Pro Bowl receiver under offensive coordinator Mike Martz with the 2006 Detroit Lions. They also signed defensive end Vernon Gholston, a former top-six NFL draft pick who has yet to record a sack in his esteemed four-year career.
The most disappointing move of the weekend was letting center Olin Kreutz walk away from the Bears. He was the leader of the Bears decrepit offensive line and provided leadership that they desperately needed. He may not be the Pro Bowler he once was, but his presence with the Bears brought intangible value.
Chicago's moves are so inconsistent that I don't know what to make of them looking into 2011.