The Chicago Bears released veteran wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad today and signed Alex Brown to 2-year contract extension. Bernard Berrian is probably going to go to another team because he’ll ask for more money than the Bears are willing to give him. And the talk has already begun about Marty Booker wanting to re-sign with his old team.
Let’s break this down. In his last season with the Panthers, Moose had 93 catches for 1,405 and 16 TD’s. His best season with the Bears came in 2006 when he had 863 yards and 5 TD’s. It’s sad to say it, but everyone knows he peaked back in 2004. And even before that season, the most TD’s he had in a season was 8. I don’t want to discredit his accomplishments, both on and off the field, but just because we like the guy doesn’t mean you keep signing him when he can’t pull his weight.
Now let’s go to Berrian. His best season was this past one, where he registered 71 catchs for 951 yards and 5 TD’s. He had 6 TD’s in 2006, but was plagued with an injury in 2005 and only contributed slightly in 2004. I know the Bears haven’t exactly had their QB situation figured out, but we had a monster first half of the season last year and he only had 6 TD’s and 775 yards. Good enough to be a #2 receiver, but nowhere near what we would need out of a #1. Devin Hester had 6 TD’s on 6 plays for Christ’s sake.
Now on to Mr. Marty Booker. Why is everyone wanting to re-sign this guy? Granted he went down to the Dolphins who have a horrendous team and a much worse-off QB situation, but he’s been in the league for 9 years. His best season was in 2001 when he had 100 catches for 1,071 yards and 8 TD’s. That was 6 seasons ago and I doubt he’s going to come back and have Rex/Orton/Question Mark throw him more than 2 or 3 TD’s and gain 500+ yards. I’d rather give Rashied Davis and Hester a lot more time and let Bradley move into the #2 slot, depending on who they sign. He had 14 catches for 282 yards and 3 TD’s in 2006 as a #3 or 4 slot. He can definitely contribute just as much as Moose did the past couple years.
I’ve heard alot of Chad Johnson’s name being thrown around, but I really don’t think that will ever play out. And we know from Jerry Angelo that they we’re going to see either Orton or Grossman at this point, so I say they take some shots at receivers that play like Wes Welker. We need someone who can play the slot and get open for short drop passes. We definitely have a decent if not great TE corp with Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark. Clark is obviously aging, but Olsen proved very efficient down the stretch and will flourish in 2008 if they use him properly. As for our deep threat, there’s no one else I’d rather see develop into that person than Devin Hester. He should be able to learn the routes and blow by anyone next season, but they have to work with him strictly as a wide receiver. We’ll see if that happens.
As for wide receivers that are available, Chad Johnson is out there and there’s also been whisper about Jabar Gaffney. Gaffney was on one of the most prolific teams in NFL history behind Tom Brady, so let’s not just on that bandwagon just yet. There have to be people that fit into our offensive gameplan and that will obviously depend on whether we fix the O Line and boost our running game. No one will respect Rex or Kyle, especially since both exist in the pockey 95% of the time, so unless our running game is up and running, you will see a repeat of 2007. Michael Turner would be an interesting addition. Cedric Benson has really been a bust in my opinion. How can you be one of the most prolific running backs to come out of the Texas football system and be this horrible in the pro’s? Its like Rashaan Salaam winning the Heisman and then falling off the earth after four or five seasons. Some people just weren’t meant to succeed at this level.
All in all, I hope we sign Michael Turner, develop Hester and move up Bradley and Davis, incorporate Olsen much, much more, and fix the O-Line. Oh yeah and get a new QB once Rex implodes again. I like the guy, but he is definitely not the solution. And hopefully our defense can carry us to 8 wins next season.
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Fuck the Bears. Seriously. Fuck em. Why do I put myself through this torture week after week, year after year? Will I ever see a better than mediocre Bears’ quarterback? Will I have to watch Cedric Benson carry the ball ever again after 2007? How long is it going to take to rebuild this entire offensive line? Can we get two new safeties that don’t suck? Will we re-sign Lance Briggs? A lot of issues at Halas Hall.
Anyway….here’s my look at the Week 8 scores.
Detroit 16, Chicago 7–It’s insane how easily this game breaks down. The Bears have no offensive line. Look at New England, who’s offensive line is having the best season for a offensive front I’ve ever seen. The offense’s effectiveness starts there, so when there are no running lanes, no time for the quarterback, a piss poor running back, mediocre receivers……the team is going to struggle. I’m not going to blame this all on Griese, but you can’t have three interceptions in the end zone. I know he’s just trying to make things happen, but the reason Griese is starting is because the last guy would rather throw the ball up for grabs than take a sack. Whatever….I’m spent.
Pittsburgh 24, Cincinnati 13–They’re not going any further than the second round of the playoffs, but the Steelers are definitely a top five team. Meanwhile, the Bengals continue to play perhaps the most heartless football in the league. Marvin Lewis, down 14-3 in the third quarter with 4th and goal from the 1, decides to kick a field goal. The Steelers promptly take the next kick and drive for a game-deciding touchdown. Thats a statement play right there; Marvin, you’re 2-4 and a win in this game saves your season. You have a top quarterback and two of the best receivers in football. Go for the touchdown.
Tennessee 13, Oakland 9–The Titans continue their quest to be the most boring team in the history of the league. The Chris Henry that doesn’t buy liquor for 15 year old girls had the game’s only touchdown, and apparently the Raiders are so hard up for skill players that they threw to Mike Williams on a 4th and 14 late in the fourth quarter. It hit him between the……whatever number he wears, and the Titans escaped.
Cleveland 27, St. Louis 20–I’m not going to make jokes at the Rams’ expense. They’re bad, we all know it. However, in all the talk about the great Randy Moss and other Patriot receivers, people are missing that Braylon Edwards is the best receiver in the league right now. A case can be made for TJ Houshmandzadeh, but he has Chad Johnson on the other side, so he never sees a double team. Defense are trying to take away Edwards, and he’s still got 669 yards and 9 touchdowns this year.
NY Giants 13, Miami 10–You know, we always talk about how soccer sucks because its low scoring. Then we throw a game out there with 23 total points. Maybe now the British will decide they don’t want any part of American football and the NFL will stop taking away home games from teams that deperately need them.
Philadelphia 23, Minnesota 16–Donovan McNabb threw for 333 yards, and that cued the ‘Donovan and the Eagles are back’ stories on TV, but when you take a closer look, McNabb was helped by three unbelieveable catches by Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown, and the Vikings pass defense is one of the worst in the league. Lets see Philly do it two or three weeks in a row before we pronounce them back.
Indianapolis 31, Carolina 7–Any time a Vinny Testaverde plays at home, you have to batten down the hatches and hold on, cause its gonna get frisky in here! Anyway, Vinny went 12-of-20 for 82 yards. In the hubub of the Patriots’ majesty, no one notices that the Colts won at Jacksonville and at Carolina in a span of six days by a combined score of 60-14. Thats pretty damn impressive.
Buffalo 13, NY Jets 3–I’m going to begrudgingly say something here: Dick Jauron, while not a great play calling and adjustments coach, is definitely one of the top ten in the league at maximizing talent. I mean, they are one ridiculous Nick Folk field goal and another last millisecond field goal by Jason Elam away from being 5-2. I say that will a lot of begrudgiment (not a word), because Uncle Dick is a corpse who refused to make adjustments and sit bad players while in Chicago.
San Diego 35, Houston 10–Matt Turk probably did the most pussy thing of the season yesterday. The Texans’ punter is back on his own 30 to kick, and the ball is snapped ridiculously over his head, bouncing all the way to the end zone. He runs back, and with time to either fall on it (which might hurt because someone will hit him or fall on him) or kick it out of the end zone for a safety, he decides to dive to a spot two yards beyond where the ball lied and watch as a Charger landed on it for a score. Listen…..I know you’re a punter. You’re a soccer player who got thrown on the football team a while ago and if it were me, I probably would of done the same thing. I mean, I’m a pussy. But dude, come on. At least have a small amount of heart and kick it out of the end zone. What a simp.
Jacksonville 24, Tampa Bay 23–This is the surprise of the day. Who would of thought Quinn Gray would lead this team to 24 points and the win on the road? Who would of thought Jeff Garcia would throw three picks? This game is a perfect example of the difference between the AFC and the NFC. The Jag were 4-2, coming off a 22-point whupping at home and starting a quarterback who was a wide receiver on the scout team last year. Tampa was 4-3, playing at home in a must win game. And the Jags won. I bet if Jacksonville was in the NFC South, they’d easily win the division and would be in the hunt with Dallas, New York, and Green Bay for the top seed in the conference.
New England 52, Washington 7–I’m not going to mention the dude at quarterback, who has 30 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in 8 games. I could talk about the receivers, three of whom are absolute monsters. The defense, led by Mike Vrabel (9 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, TD reception), is a top-10 defense, maybe better. But the Patriots’ offensive line is ABSOLUTELY DOMINANT. I’ve watched a lot of New England football this year, and the main thing that sticks out is that Brady is touched like twice a game. Whatever running back gets in there gets five yards before he’s touched. Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Dan Koppen, Stephen Neal, Nick Kaczur–you guys are monsters. There are a few guys out there who notice who the real MVPs of the team are.
New Orleans 31, San Francisco 10–The 49ers’ offensive coordinator Jim Hostler is reaching John Shoop, Terry Shea status in the Bay Area. Jim, get ready to look for quarterback coach openings in the NAIA.