NFL  > Chicago Bears  > Bears signings, Crazy or Crazy like a fox?
July 29, 2011, 08:43 AM
It's here, FINALLY the day that we find out who we are going to sign in Free agency and hopefully IMPROVE our team. With all the early signings, the Bears have landed according to Dan Pompei, 5 players who have a fair to good to decent chance of making the team. These are just the unsigned free agents who were not drafted! Center Alex Linnenkohl (good chance), OT Josh Davis (fair), TE Andre Smith (Fair), are all mostly blockers for Jay. We signed a WR that 25 of the 32 teams in the NFL wanted in Dane Sanzenbacher. Lastly we signed CB Ryan Jones (fair) to help in the Defensive backfield. None of these players are expected to start. However they are expected to make the team and be quality backups this year and possibly start in the future.
So back to my subject, with the Bears expected to sign WR Roy Williams from Dallas are they still in the hunt for either Malcom Floyd or Mike Sims-Walker? Are they planning on getting a starting OLineman or two also? What about Olin Kreutz? How about a starting LB to go with Urlacher and Briggs? With the trading of Greg Olsen and the release of Daniel Manning, are they just making room and salary cap room for these last players mentioned so that they can really change the face of the team? Or are we just dreaming and JA's going to find a way to mess it all up again?
Finally we get to find out and see what the plan really is to improve our Bears. Does anyone hope for the unhopeable? I just think we have a chance, so lets at least hope or pray for a changed JA. Go BEARS!!!
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July 29, 2011  09:19 AM ET
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It is the Bears front office...Incompatent!!!!!To be more specific...Jerry Angelo!!!!

I like what they've done so far. I think they're on the right track.

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July 29, 2011  10:13 AM ET
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I like what they've done so far. I think they're on the right track.

I believe Olsen was traded because he didn't fit Mike Martz offensive system. Coach Martz has always preferred a physical, blocking tight end and preferred throwing more to the WR's. I have to agree with your comment.

July 29, 2011  10:43 AM ET
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To be more specific...Jerry Angelo!!!!

Yeah... last year's FA spending was probably just an anomaly.

July 29, 2011  10:45 AM ET
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Yeah... last year's FA spending was probably just an anomaly.

All that money spent and no Super Bowl.

July 29, 2011  11:01 AM ET

GO LIONS!

July 29, 2011  12:57 PM ET

Funny thing no one is mentioning CB anymore??
I wonder how much the adding of Tim Ruskell has changed the operations in Halas hall.
You can sing their praises all you want slim but until they can keep Stafford healthy they probably can't/won't win anything. The Lions have improved alot, but when are they going to start working on their OL? Which brings us back to keeping Stafford healthy.
If keeping everyone guessing is JA's objective he's doing a great job. Think about it NO ONE has any idea what he's (the bears are) doing!!!

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July 29, 2011  08:01 PM ET

Finally we signed Adams and others. Forte is in camp too. No hold out. All draft picks are signed. I don't think we have seen the end of it yet though. We really could use at least one more OL (preferably two) either Mike Sims-Walker or Malcom Floyd would change our recieving corps real quick. I've heard they are looking for a Linebacker. No word on Corey Graham or Olin Kreutz signing with anyone that I have seen, and lastly I still think we need a CB. I hope we can find someone to come in and start in the #1 spot too, but it's gettin late for that with Nnamdi Asomugha and Ike Taylor both gone. Just makes me wonder who the Bears think they have that can fill that spot if they don't sign anyone???

July 29, 2011  08:12 PM ET

EZ for the Lions to finish 2nd they would have to beat out the Vikings and the PACKERS who will go throught the traditional post Super Bowl crash. I just don't know if they have the offensive line to keep Stafford healthy for an entire season???
The Bears, are too HUNGRY to do anything but win the division and go to the playoffs AGAIN!!!! Add in them learning Martz's system better, and you get a possible NFC championship game (AGAIN!!!) or better!!! I think winning the Super Bowl will be for next year unless we get a CB, #1WR and find an effective OL!!! Me thinks that's too much for one off season.
For all you doubters out there think about this, we went to the NFC Championship game this year with out the afformentioned improvements. What can we do WITH SOME OF them!!! Go BEARS!!!

July 29, 2011  08:40 PM ET
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EZ for the Lions to finish 2nd they would have to beat out the Vikings and the PACKERS who will go throught the traditional post Super Bowl crash. I just don't know if they have the offensive line to keep Stafford healthy for an entire season??? The Bears, are too HUNGRY to do anything but win the division and go to the playoffs AGAIN!!!! Add in them learning Martz's system better, and you get a possible NFC championship game (AGAIN!!!) or better!!! I think winning the Super Bowl will be for next year unless we get a CB, #1WR and find an effective OL!!! Me thinks that's too much for one off season. For all you doubters out there think about this, we went to the NFC Championship game this year with out the afformentioned improvements. What can we do WITH SOME OF them!!! Go BEARS!!!

Actually the here's how the last few NFC Champs fared the next season:

06 Bears: 7-9 missed playoffs
07 Giants: 12-4 #1 seed, won division
08 Cardinals: 10-6 won a playoff game, won division
09 Saints: 11-5 made playoffs

And the NFC's runner ups:
06 Saints: 7-9 missed playoffs
07 Packers: 6-10 missed playoffs
08 Eagles: 11-5 SMOKED in 1st round
09 Vikings: 6-10 last place in North

There are some other factors involved here but from this, one could conclude that the Bears, not the Packers, are more likely to suffer a "hangover".

July 29, 2011  08:41 PM ET

Also, the Bears went to the title game by beating a 7-9 team in the playoffs. I wouldn't hang my hat on that...

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July 30, 2011  05:49 AM ET

Wa wa wa.

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July 30, 2011  07:01 AM ET

Look at the team the Bears are building. They are bringing in alot of players that have failed somewhere else, who might just make something from another chance. Gambles yes, but cheap gambles, and WE HAVE TO spend the money somehow! (I find it funny that the NFL might have finally ended the McCheapsky's cheap ways, with this spending MINIMUM!!!) Maybe JA's just making their cutting down the roster size easier? Why not take a look at all these newly added veterans who must be either fantastic or cut. Period. No maybe this or that's veterans should be kept.
At the same time he's adding solid players who are the intended starters. With one or two OL, a LB, WR, and a CB, we could really have a good team. They are out there right now, so you should be worrying that we might get them. WE HAVE the MONEY and MUST SPEND IT! The Bears MUST SPEND a MINIMUM of $28million!
Set aside your bias thinking and objectively look at this team. If you can, you will see what I mean. They are building a very good team! Based on an offense that won't be easy to stop, and with a killer defense. (A far better Defense than the Rams ever had.) With a better armed QB. With a stronger/bigger RB, that will be able to run the ball when the weather goes to $#!+.
If we can land either Malcolm Floyd or Mike Simms-Walker what would you think of our offense with one of them, add in Knox,Bennett, and or Williams, and then bringing Forte out of the backfield? Opponents had trouble stopping Forte last year, what's it going to be like when they have to spread out and guard the WRs I named? Now all of a sudden you gotta play defense too? Something most teams haven't had to do to beat the Bears and aren't expecting from the Bears either!
Then there is the traditional Bears defense that opponents all know they will face when they come to Chicago. As I see it they are on the edge of building the best balanced team since Ditka. A team that will be able to beat you with Offense, Defense, or Special Teams!
"And that my friends is the rest of the story", of why you Bear/Cutler HATERS are crying so much. You are AFRAID that we might succeed!!! Go BEARS!!!!

 
July 30, 2011  09:19 AM ET

The bears signed Roy Williams who fits Martz offensive scheme. Olsen was expendable because Martz prefers throwing more to the WR's. The Bears have made some good moves and should be contenders again.

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