Martz: Aromashodu's Lack of Versatility Costing Him Playing Time

Mike Martz explained why Devin Aromashodu had a limited role in Sunday’s 27-20 win over the Cowboys in his Q&A with ESPN Chicago’s Bears blog:

Q: Why was Devin Aromashodu’s playing time so limited against the Cowboys?

A: I don’t know if we need to justify any of those things to anybody. I would just say this and we’ll let this thing go: Devin is a bit of a specialist in that he doesn’t play the slot, which we asked him to do in the opener. He’s not comfortable in there. He’s not familiar with it. All four of our other receivers do play the slot and the outside. Devin just plays the outside. So his opportunities to play are reduced dramatically because of his limited knowledge of what we do at that position. He’s not a slot or a nickel guy. He’s outside. It has nothing to do with Devin’s performance.

The Sun Times’ Sean Jensen hears that it may have been a case of alligator arms in the Week 1 win over the Lions that cost DA time against the ‘Boys:

Be that as it may, word is Aromashodu short-armed some balls after absorbing some big hits against the Lions and the coaching staff lost confidence in him going over the middle. No one will say it on the record, of course, but sources say this is reason why he was on the sideline vs. the Cowboys.

Something tells me that Jensen is probably a little more on track.  My suggestion is that Martz and DA find a way to make this work ASAP!  Cutler likes the taller DA and there were clearly instances in the Cowboys game where the Bears could have used DA’s size in the Red Zone.

I know Martz like to have these interchangeable pieces, but maybe DA is a square peg.  Go find a square hole and let him fill it!


Next Bears Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep1:00Buffalo BillsBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Devin Aromasodu Mike Martz

  • Windy Cynic

    Agree Boomer…. he has too much talent to lanquish on our sideline. The slot my ass.

    The Culture of Lovie is one of secrecy, just like the Bush years. Scrutiny is disloyal and criticism is anti bear.

    Both paradigms were bumbling losers and dragged their constituencies into a deep hole.

    Poll question boys…. Will Devin A be the next talented player to never develop in Lovie’s system?

    Maybe Devin should tweet Mark Bradley for some advice. Or Iglesias. Wow, how many third round failures does any GM get away with? Not to mention first rounders and second.

    But somehow they find a roster spot for Davis and Wolfe???????

    You can’t write this shite up or people would think you’re drinking…..

    • Mr. Pickles

      Did you know DA’s first name is actually Gbolahan? At least according to wikipedia it is. Anyway, I am intrigued by him. Dude couldn’t get off the practice squad of the Colts and I can’t figure out if that’s a bad sign or a non-issue. Are the Colts the kind of team that just breed quality wide outs and there is something flawed with DA where he couldn’t cut it…or is their scouting so good that only the elite are going to make it as starters. In other words did Jerry misread another prospect that couldn’t succeed where everyone succeeds or is this a case of Lovie not developing a surefire talent that was good enough to be associated with the Colts at one point. Dude was a stud during the last few games last year, hoping he was just in the dog house last week and gets a few opportunities against the Pack to make some big plays. Martz has already made numerous changes to accommodate the talent the Bears have on the roster, I’m sure he could find a way to use DA if he wanted to. I’m also scratching my head on Davis and Wolfe. Rashied got any drops yet? I’ve typed too much, time to get back to my beer….