David Haugh’s Bears Priorities Are All Messed Up

Chicago Tribune columnist  David Haugh is trying to help Bears GM Jerry Angelo get his priorities in line and his priorities are all messed up.  Let’s see if we can set him straight.

Here are Haugh’s priorities:

  1. Sign Olin Kreutz
  2. Sign Anthony Adams
  3. Let Danieal Manning walk
  4. Sign safety Quintin Mikell
  5. Let Pisa Tinoisamoa walk and sign Nick Roach.  Maybe find a cap casualty?
  6. Try to trade of Carolina Panther Steve Smith or get Santonio Holmes, Santana Moss, Braylon Edwards or James Jones
  7. Re-sign Brad Maynard

Well I’ll say this, the bookends of David’s list are good, but what’s in between needs a lot of work to be polite and is total crap to be more realistic.  Check out my counterpoints after the jump.

Boomer’s Bears Priorities:

  1. Re-sign Olin Kreutz. It’s a no-brainer, which is why Haugh got it right and stated it right.  This is no time to lose the linchpin of your already shaky offensive line.
  2. Go get a linebacker.  Or two.  Or three. The Bears have 2 great ones under contract, but unless Lovie Smith plays nickel and dime defenses all season, the Bears will need some linebacker.  Even though Pisa has a questionable knee, I like his experience here a bit over Roach.  They should still get Roach and another up-and-comer but they need to fill this area in the roster.
  3. Sign DT Cullen Jenkins. It not only bolsters the interior of the Bears’ defensive line but it weakens the Packers.   Jenkins is a beast and will help rookie Paea and the inexperienced Henry Melton.  Where does Anthony Adams fit in?  I think the Bears should re-sign him too, but signing Jenkins should be a higher priority.
  4. Go get a big wide receiver. Forget Haugh looking for Steve Smith and Santana Moss.  We have little guys like that already in Hester and Knox.  Go get Cutler a big target.  Obviously Vincent Jackson and Sidney Rice would be nice, but I don’t think the Bears will dig that deep into their pockets.  I doubt they take a run at Plax or Ochocinco – just not their style.  Look for some of the middle tier guys like Malcom Floyd, Steve Breaston even a Mike Simm-Walker to be more likely targets for Jerry Angelo and the Bears.
  5. More offensive line help. If they sign Kreutz, that should be just the first step.  Give Mike Tice some more pieces to try to mold together to keep Jay Cutler upright.
  6. Go get some help at cornerback. Not sure if Zack Bowman can get back into the mix or Tim Jennings continues to start but this position was a concern last season.  Peanut Tillman can’t do it alone.
  7. Who cares about the punter? Maynard had a down year, but I wouldn’t make it a priority to re-sign him.  Didn’t they just sign Richmond McGee before the lockout?  Don’t make me take my new McGee jersey back.

What are your priorities for the Bears?  Do you like Haugh’s better than mine?


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  • CJ in SLC

    I would say that you have it almost nailed.

    1. Kruetz is a no brainer.

    2. Linebacker is a need but I think it might be slim pickings. I feel we might have to make due with what we have.

    3.Cullen Jenkins would be amazing to lock down, but at what price?

    4. I agree with a big WR target. Look at the success JC had with Marshall. I would not take a risk on the big name, nor would I spend the money unless it was a TRUE proven commodity. My hopes would be for Breaston but that could come at a hefty price tag too.

    5. Offensive line help should clearly be #1. We addresed this somewhat thorugh the draft. I would like to be cautiously optimistic by the way they came on at the end last year. But hey, I am also a cubs fan. I get excited over a 2 game winning streak.

    6. The corners are shallow at depth. Now adays you really need at least 1 big name, if not 2. I love P-Nut but I dont think he is the end all be all.

    7. Maynard is a staple but far from a priority.

    In the end keeping Cutler upright is the most important. You have to start somewhere and why not the piece that we mortgaged the franchise for? Sure up the O-line as best as you can. Hope to get a mid to upper grade WR with a big body. A legit DT or corner would be icing on the cake and a punter will fall into the mix. At some point you need a bit of luck and health to make a legit run. I say you do what you can but don’t overspend and handicap yourself in the future.

    BEAR DOWN!!!

  • dhunter

    @CJ in SLC

    I agree with CJ that you almost have it down, Boom.

    Kruetz is priority #1, but I say instead of signing Adams or Jenkins – why not sign both? Who are you gonna keep; Marcus Harrison? Could you imagine the rotation of Jenkins, Adams and Paea along with Peppers, Izzy and Melton/Wooten at the ends?

    As far as the WR’s, the only “big” WR you mention is Floyd. If we could get Steve Smith for a 3rd or 4th round pick then we would have a WR that the Defense would need to pay attention to.(I still love Ramses Barden-NYG)

    But if you want to live by one football rule at any level, it is keeping the QB upright. If that means sacking him on defense or protecting him on offense, this should be job one for both sides.

    Linebacker, Cornerback, Safety, Punter??? Sack their QB and protect your QB! It really is that simple.