Chicago Bears: Personnel Who Shouldn't Be Back Next Year

Bob BajekAnalyst IIIDecember 23, 2011

Chicago Bears: Personnel Who Shouldn't Be Back Next Year

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    The Chicago Bears have a golden chance to make the NFL playoffs this year, but the Bears squandered that opportunity and some personnel might take the fall. 

    While losing quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte hurt, the Bears should not be 0-4 and playing as poorly as they have been. 

    With this year almost buried in the coffin, the Bears need to get rid of unproductive members to resurrect their playoff hopes for 2012. 

Safety Brandon Meriweather

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    The Chicago Bears were short at safety at the beginning of the season, so signing former New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather seemed like a good idea. 

    But upon watching Merimeather's performance on the gridiron, that idea has been proven wrong. 

    Meriweather, a 27-year-old athlete who somehow was voted for two Pro Bowl appearances, does not play disciplined within the Bears zone defensive schemes. 

    In the Cover 2, each safety is responsible to prevent a big play. Meriweather has sacrificed a conservative stance and goes for killer hits. 

    This strategy backfires on Meriweather, as big plays like this touchdown to the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson and committing illegal hits

    Thankfully, both Chris Conte and Major Wright have played well this year, and Meriweather signed a one-year deal. Don't expect to see Meriweather in a Bears uniform next season. 

Wide Receiver Roy Williams

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    Chicago Bears wide receiver Roy Williams was brought in to be an effective receiver for Jay Cutler, but the ex-Cowboy has been a non-factor the entire season. 

    Williams, who played for the University of Texas, has just 27 catches for 366 yards and one touchdown. 

    He has six games with zero or one catch and hasn't had more than 66 yards in a contest. 

    When open, Williams has dropped some balls, including a sure touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs

    Williams' contract is up at the end of the year, so expect the Bears not to re-sign him. 

Offensive Tackle Frank Omiyale

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    Let's get to the point. 

    Backup offensive tackle Frank Omiyale is the worst player on the Chicago Bears and perhaps the entire NFL. 

    Omiyale, a seven-year veteran out of Tennessee Tech, is a turnstile for opposing defenders. Players like the Green Bay Packers have a field day with Omiyale, as they have too much speed and beat him around the edge to sack either Jay Cutler or Caleb Hanie. 

    Omiyale has had abysmal performances against the Packers and Detroit Lions as a starter at right tackle this year, resulting in his being promptly benched. He was benched under similar circumstances in 2010 and 2009. 

    The Bears' personnel thought highly of Omiyale for his physical attributes, but he is slow in getting out of his stance while not recognizing blitzing schemes well. 

    Omiyale has one year left on his contract, so cutting him before next season starts wouldn't cost the Bears too much. 

Offensive Tackle J'Marcus Webb

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    Left tackle J'Marcus Webb is supposed to protect Jay Cutler and Caleb Hanie's blind sides. However, the second-year player has done anything but that. 

    The 6'7", 310-pound Webb, who was a seventh-round pick, struggles holding off opposing defensive ends and tackles and allows Cutler and Hanie to be sacked a couple times per game.

    Webb is prone to committing holding and foul start penalties, having two foul starts and a hold against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 10. 

    Last year, Webb was a poor right tackle and doesn't seem like he would be a good guard. 

    While Webb has two years left on his rookie deal, he should be cut. The Bears, though, will probably keep him around. 

Quarterback Caleb Hanie

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    The Chicago Bears trusted Caleb Hanie as Jay Cutler's backup when the season began. 

    After four games, the Bears know that Hanie is not a capable backup. 

    In fact, he's horrid

    Hanie has 613 yards on 51-of-102 passes for three touchdowns and nine interceptions while having a measly passer rating of 41.8. 

    Hanie is not a good pocket-passer and struggles mightily when the defensive ends pinch the pocket to contain him. He is prone to overthrowing open teammates like wide receiver Johnny Knox and tight end Kellen Davis for sure touchdowns. 

    He is not targeting Earl Bennett, who is arguably the team's top receiver. 

    Hanie also makes a plethora of bad decisions. Just this week against the Seattle Seahawks, Hanie threw two pick-sixes, including one to defensive end Red Bryant when Hanie should've taken the sack. 

    No. 12's contract is up at the end of the season, and the Bears should let him walk and be another team's problem if one is foolish enough to sign him. 

Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz

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    The Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator, Mike Martz, has been a mixed bag the past two seasons. 

    Martz helped lead the Bears to an 11-5 record last year and a berth in the NFC Championship Game. 

    However, Martz's offenses have struggled to consistently score. 

    The offensive line play has been spotty at best, and quarterback Jay Cutler has been sacked 92 times the past two years if preseason and postseason games are included. 

    Having a bad offensive line is one thing, but having Cutler and backup Caleb Hanie constantly do five- and seven-step drops in the pocket is another. This increases the likelihood that both will be clobbered. 

    While Cutler and running back Matt Forte are great players, the offense has to do better than posting 10 points per game the last four weeks. 

    Martz has also not done a good job game-planning around Hanie's strengths and is forcing him to be a pocket-passer, which Hanie can't do well. His complicated playbook could have been a reason why quarterback Donovan McNabb was not signed after Cutler was injured. 

    Martz has been rumored that he will not return to the Bears after his contract expires when the season ends. The Bears would do best to let him go. 

General Manager Jerry Angelo

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    Probably the biggest reason why the Chicago Bears are not making the playoffs this year is general manager Jerry Angelo's decisions. 

    The Bears' general manager has left the team without any depth the past few years. 

    For the past two seasons, Angelo is the one who has not given Jay Cutler a competent backup quarterback. Not having a good backup cost the Bears a chance for a Super Bowl title last year while keeping the Bears from the 2011 playoffs when Cutler was injured. 

    The offensive line has been suspect the past three seasons while he hasn't done much to improve the line. With Cutler not getting proper protection, the Bears offense has sputtered along. 

    Another problem is how Angelo is not a good talent evaluator on the offensive side. He signed Frank Omiyale in 2009 and brought in Roy Williams when Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and T.J. Houshmandzadeh were still on the market. 

    Angelo has struck out on too many draft picks to count, with the biggest examples being Michael Haynes, Rex Grossman, Mark Colombo and Cedric Benson. He also passed up Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu for Haynes in the 2003 draft. 

    With rumors circulating that Angelo will retire at season's end, Bears fans should pray that's the case. 

    However, Angelo has denied these rumors and will most likely finish the final two years of his contract as $10 million is a big motivator. 

    Bob Bajek is a Featured Columnist. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed at Patch.com and Twitter