The Chicago Bears are making the types of moves that have them all set-up to have a .500 season. They’ve essentially assembled a team of players that the Yankees of football, the Dallas Cowboys, deem unserviceable. Whether you like the Cowboys or not their staff over the last four decades knows how to evaluate talent.
They took Marc Colombo from the Bears scrap heap and turned him into a serviceable lineman for the past five seasons. The Bears cut Colombo as he was injured most of his career and they did not think he had any worth, yet another great decision by the Bears. He might have been helpful the past few years as Jay Cutler’s been running for his life against just about any defense in the NFL. Of his five seasons with the Cowboys, he played four full-seasons and one half season due to injury.
How about Cedric Benson? Not good enough for the Bears? Sure he had an off the field alcohol related incident that he was not indicted on, but was it any worse than Lance Briggs crashing his car into a tree and then conveniently fleeing from the incident? Since taking over the starting running back duties for the Bengals, Benson has eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark the last two seasons proving to be a solid and durable back.
I could go on, but I’ll stop there because it will just get redundant and uninteresting. This season the Bears have turned to a series of players that the Cowboys felt were expendable. My gut tells me the Bears are going to screw-up things with Matt Forte, so the signing of Marion Barber is an insurance policy. They also signed Roy Williams based on the theory that he can go from a completely useless receiver to an All-pro again. We’ll see about that. He lacks concentration and focus, as does Sam Hurd, another Cowboys cast-off.
Lovie Smith will have his hands full since he’s a lot like Wade Philips when comes to how he handles his veterans, so things should be running amuck in the Bears locker room this season. My early prediction on the Bears is an 8-8 season, while Williams may seem like an upgrade at wide receiver he’s probably not. The Bears also need overnight improvement on the offensive line and they’ve made no significant improvements, in fact the departure of Olin Kruetz made it worse.
The Bears also did not make any improvements in their secondary, where they ranked 20th in the NFL last season in pass defense. Not good, again they won in spite of themselves.
A lot of luck occurred last season for the Bears and I doubt that’s going to happen this season.