Addressing needs in the draft and free agency.

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While the search for a new head coach and offensive coordinator continues, I am going to dissect what the Bears should do with the draft and free agency coming up in April. Before that though, I heard a report that Mike Singletary is scheduled to be interviewed for the head coaching position. I want to assure everyone that this is simply the “Rooney Rule” taking place and he is not seriously being considered for the position. While he was a great player, he was a horrible head coach and I think Emery knows that.

Now onto the draft and free agency. As it has been for what it seems to be forever, the Bears need a lot of help in more places than one. Last year’s draft was just a start and while we didn’t get to see everything we wanted to out of the guys drafted, this next draft will prove to be crucial. I was wrong last year on the new additions the Bears brought to the offensive line. I thought they had enough to make things work and a combination of injuries and an idiot walking out on the team because he was benched contributed to the demise of the 2012-2013 Bears.

I saw something on ESPN I believe a few weeks back on a team, which I can’t remember drafting four offensive lineman in the first six rounds one year. That may be what Phil Emery needs to do in April. Last year, it seemed as if he went defense heavy and this year, it needs to be the opposite. I am going to guess that the Bears have at least seven picks so that if they get, three or four lineman (early rounds preferred), that gives them three more picks to try to pick up positions like another wide receiver or running back. If there is a spare pick or two after all of that, then try to get a linebacker or safety. In fact, the Bears need about two linebackers at the very least, two safeties and a cornerback. Too many needs, not enough picks so we may have to wait another year on all of those.

As far as free agency is concerned, this where the Bears need to get at least another offensive lineman. Jake Long should be a free agent but I am sure health is a concern with him so unless he comes at a cheap price, the Bears should probably look elsewhere. With the backup quarterback position, the Bears should just thank Jason Campbell for stealing $3.5 million and tell him to go suck somewhere else. I actually liked Josh McCown as a backup but Lovie insisted on cutting him in favor of Campbell, who by the way, sucked in the preseason as well. There aren’t many options in free agency for a backup so maybe they should save one of their draft picks for a quarterback if they are going to be stubborn and not resign McCown.

To recap:

Draft (Seven possible picks): Three to four offensive linemen, quarterback, running back and linebacker/safety.

Free agency:  Wide receiver, offensive lineman, linebacker and safety.

It’s no secret that Phil Emery has a lot to take care of in the offseason. As I mentioned earlier, not all of the possible needs can be addressed in one offseason. I said that same thing last year, but it needs at least two to three years of fixing since Jerry Angelo failed miserably at this. I am sure most of us will agree that after seeing Emery’s press conference on New Year’s Day, he is saying all of the right things. For the first time since I can remember, the Bears finally have a general manager that speaks clearly in press conferences without mumbling his words and sounding like a complete tool in the process.

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19 Responses to “Addressing needs in the draft and free agency.”

  1. chucky Says:

    Fro….think they should try for a tight end? The Bears haven’t had one in years.

  2. Fro Dog Says:

    Crap! I totally forgot about that. You see, with all of the needs the Bears have, my mind went totally blank! You know who’s mind is blank all the time though? Lovie Smith!

  3. Fro Dog Says:

    I was thinking about in my last comment to say: Tight ends don’t exist in a Bears offense. You should know that by now.

  4. jimmy d. Says:

    Fro,

    How dare you close that other thread and deny us the humorous banter between our beloved Chucky and the fiesty Tony. Albert had even chimed in.

    Later,
    Jimmy D.

  5. Fro Dog Says:

    JimmyD, sorry if I disappointed you or anyone else for that matter. Tony and Chucky couldn’t find any middle ground and I was getting tired of it all. Nothing against Chucky because we all love him or Tony for that matter, but it was time to move on.

  6. Dusty Baker Says:

    Mean people suck.

  7. chucky Says:

    Thanks for the compliment Dusty.

  8. Fro Dog Says:

    Chucky, we appreciate your ANGER here.

  9. Tony Cossio Says:

    Good stuff,

    Yeah I was going to add TE. Technically they just need three OL. Lance Louis was doing OK. Carimi was injured all year, so it will be make or break this next season. Garza is getting old but still serviceable.

    It would be nice if Brandon Hardin pans out. But they should probably sure up that Safety position. Not sure is Conte/Wright is comfortable combination.

    Obviously what they do in FA will impact what they will do in the draft. Should be exciting.

  10. chucky Says:

    Just how bad was Louis injured? Did he end up on IR? I knew he got hurt, then just silence after. I may have missed it, somehow.

    Did anyone hear Bernstein late this afternoon? He said there was some panel on ESPN asking a poll question. The question was so goddamned stupid it defies belief.

    “Do you blame Jay Cutler for Robert Griffin IIIs knee injury?”

    WHAT THE FUCK!?!?!? Evidently, some moron thinks Cutler getting hurt 2 years ago in the NFC title game and his departure from that game had something to do with Griffin staying the wild card game loss to Seattle when he should have been pulled. OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Fro Dog Says:

    He tore his ACL thanks to Jared Allen’s cheap shot. Before that, he was the best lineman the Bears had.

    After the Redskins went up 14-0, Griffin should have been pulled. Everyone who saw the game knew he was limping around. Shannahan blew that one.

  12. chucky Says:

    Oh yeah, he blew that one. No arguement there. The surgery went well, but he was injured worse than thought. He’ll be out 9-12 months now, meaning his season next year is already over. I was just stunned that people were trying to connect Jay Cutler to this. It was the dumbest fucking thing that I’ve heard in long, long time.

  13. Fro Dog Says:

    Angelo going to the Jets?

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000124389/article/new-york-jets-to-interview-jerry-angelo-and-several-others

    I also read that Lovie has an interview with the Eagles. Can anyone imagine that? The fans in Philadelphia are horrible individuals as it is. Jerry Lawler once said that those fans would even boo Santa Claus. He wouldn’t last there.

  14. chucky Says:

    Sounds like a good place for him then. Maybe they could convince him to get another career. And what the fuck is up with the Jets? Fucking Angelo? Seriously?

  15. Pie In The Sky Says:

    Damn. It’s hard to regress from Mike Tannenbaum. But the Jets may have found someone worse…

  16. Joe Says:

    The JETS! ANGELO! BWA HA HA HA HA HA !
    THAT’s a riot! Do they actually want to get WORSE?
    They won’t hire him. I’ll bet he reached out to them and they’re giving him a courtesy “you got to be kidding.” Wait until he tells them that they should trade Tebow for some kid in junior high school.

    Trestman sounds like a good choice but you know the Bears are pissed that Johnson leaked it.

  17. genrebuster Says:

    Yes, I think the Jets do want to get worse. And, I think they can do it!

  18. chucky Says:

    I just heard something interesting for the stat geeks. Steve Rosenbloom just said that Lovies record this season against teams playing this weekend is 0-5. They gave up 112 points in those loses, and scored just 53 for an average of 22.4 points allowed, and 10.6 scored. In case anybody thinks I just pulled this out of my ass:

    Week 2 Packers 23-Bears 10

    Week 10 Texans 13-Bears 6

    Week 11 49ers 32-Bears 7

    Week 13 Seattle 23-Bears 17 OT

    Week 15 Packers 21-Bears 13

    Any speculation as to just how the Lovie would have fared in the playoffs? I have a pretty good idea.

    I’m so glad that useless asshole is gone.

  19. Fro Dog Says:

    Fuck the Seahawks. Nothing made me happier today than seeing that asshole Pete Carroll toss his headset after Bryant nailed that field goal. Fuck all of them. I’ll be rooting for the Patriots but I won’t too pissed off if another team wins it since the two teams that I can’t stand the most (Vikings and Seahawks) are eliminated.

SHOW DA FIRE AND PASSION, MY FRENDT!

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