Speaking of all of this, I had myself convinced on what I wanted the Bears to do in the first two rounds this year:
1) Draft Warmack or Cooper if either falls to us. (I think there's a 1% chance Warmack will, but a decent chance Cooper will).
2) If that doesn't happen, Trade down
3) If we don't have Trade Down offers, then draft Tavon Austin if he's there (slim chance)
4) Take Arthur Brown in the 1st.
Arthur Brown is a bit of a reach in the first, he would be better taken near the end of the 1st if we end up trading down, but he isn't that big of a reach there. Still, I'd MUCH rather see this team take Cooper because our interior line needs an upgrade BAD. We have ****** guards and an old Center. If we manage to land Cooper, then I would LOVE for us to take Khaseem Greene (who should be available in the 2nd). He would EASILY replace Roach this year, and would be Briggs's eventual replacement. Really solid pick. Then in the 4th, if we can get lucky enough to get Schwenke C/G, that would just be icing on the cake.
Think about it:
1st: OG Jonathan Cooper
2nd: 4-3 OLB Khaseem Greene
4th: C/G Brian Schwenke
Those are 2 immediate starters (probably 3) with Schwenke being Garza's replacement. I would kill for that draft.
This is another reason I think we still have a chance to sign Urlacher. We could benefit from him one more year, and get his replacement in next years draft.
I'm with you on #1. Move down to the 2nd and one of Brown, Minter, T'eo or Ogletree will be there.
Also the plan to have Cutler use some read option is horrendous
And where exactly did you read this? I read two things. I read that Trestman said that Read Option would be in the playbook, and he also later said "We’ll look into it. I don’t know if we’ll establish it. I think it’s worth spending time on"
NEITHER of those quotes explicitly says we will run the read-option with Cutler.
Urlacher should be on the Bears this year, but it is as much on him as it is the Bears. Here is what I've read the past few hours, and some of this was quoted directly from Urlacher when he appeared on the radio an hour or two ago:
1) Urlacher wanted $5-6M per year
2) Bears came at him with a 2 Year, $5.5M deal about a month ago (roughly $2.75M per). He declined.
3) Free Agency opens and the Bears sign Bushrod and Bennett, two positions of need
4) Bears are VERY tight against the cap and only have just over a couple million to spend right now (need to leave room to sign draft picks)
5) Bears last week changed their offer to Urlacher to 1 year, $2M. Clearly this was after Bushrod/Bennett were signed.
Sorry, but first off, I wasn't sure I wanted Urlacher for more than $2.5M before this all started. When I read that the Bears did offer him that at first, I'm OK with it. Frankly, I think the 1-year $2M is fair for what he's worth right now. The Bears paid him $6.2M in 2009 to be injured the entire season. They paid him a total of $18.45M between 2011 and 2012 seasons, and he was injured both years. Admittedly he was hurt in the last game of 2011, but that lead to a very sub-par 2012 season (by his standards) where he ended up getting hurt at the 3/4 mark again.
$2M seems like it's about right given his injury risk at this stage of his career and that its an unknown how he will be able to play. I'm glad the Bears held the line, I think it was the right move. He probably does have 1-2 years left in him, and I think he SHOULD have played here, but for the RIGHT PRICE. IMO, under $2.5M was that price. Urlacher wanted more. His call.
Your supposed to have the replacement when you let the legend go. The Niners had Young when they let Montana go, the Packers had Rodgers when they let Rodgers go.
The Bears let Urlacher go and have Dom DeCicco ready to replace him????
FWIW, I think the Bears really did want him back for at least one more year. I think we are planning on drafting Brigg's eventual replacement this year (who, for the short term, will be Roach's). That still will probably happen. While we won't be able to draft a guy to replace Urlacher, we will be able to draft a 4-3 MLB. Now, it seems, we either have to draft both (MLB and SAM), or pick one to replace and do the best we can with just the one.
Personally, I hope we don't go LB-LB in the draft. We can try for another one later in the draft, but I really do think we need to take this year to shore up the interior O-Line. I'd still like to see OG-LB in the first two. I'm sure we can find someone passable to get the job done for a season.
Let's also remember, this defense will be different. This won't bet he Lovie/Rod Tampa-2 Base. It's up to the coaches to make the best of what they have. It may take 2 years to get our LB corps back to where it needs to be, but maybe the offense can now step up in their place.