re: NFL Thread: RAVENS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS
My assessment of the Bears:
-Offensive line needs to be rebuilt. This entire year was patchwork to mask the problems. Draft a competent LT (draft is supposed to be rich in OL and DL), add one more starting piece via free agency and you're on your way to a nice start. Scott was serviceable at RT. Williams wasn't all that bad at G.
-Release Devin Hester. Due $10 million next year. Had 21 catches this year and no return TD's. Good riddance.
-Let Urlacher walk, unless he's willing to take a dramatic pay cut. Pay him based on his fair market value, not his reputation. Briggs, Tillman, and Jennings can carry this defense for a bit longer.
-Don't pay Henry Melton. Very good when he plays hard, but he disappeared for a stretch of 4-5 games this season. He's going to get paid, but don't be the ones to do it. Perhaps consider turning Peppers loose as well. Wooton and Shea stepped up a bit. I don't think Shea is an every down DE yet, but he has some good rush moves.
-Address the TE position. Kellen Davis is horrible. Stumbles on grass, can't catch, can't block... yet still played on 88% of the offensive plays this year. Anybody would have been better than Hellen Keller. Kyle Adams, Matt Spaeth and Evan Rodriguez would have contributed more if Tice and Lovie didn't blindly support Davis, despite Davis continuously showcasing inept ability all year.
-Get one more weapon at WR for Jay. Alshon Jefferey is too fat and overweight to separate from defenders without pushing off. People were making him out to be the clone of Brandon Marshall when we drafted him. Needless to say, he clearly is nowhere near that caliber of player. Chicago has something in a nucleus of Cutler, Marshall, Forte and a serviceable Bennett (if healthy). Emery should make one more splash. Go sign Wes Welker when Bellicheck doesn't resign him in New England. FUARK. Marshall, Welker, Bennett, Forte, and a halfway decent TE... awesome! Just need an offensive mind to come in and scheme something up.
Let me know what you think. Feel free to comment - especially AID, X/L/AJ, etc,.
Last edited by El Conquistador; 12-31-2012 at 03:31 PM.