The Bears made a bunch of signings on Friday, but one stood out for me – Defensive End Vernon Gholston. The former Jets’ first round draft pick – the sixth pick overall – will join the Bears to be a pass rusher. Here’s the problem – in three seasons with the New York Jets he has ZERO career sacks. It’s such a typical Bears move to bring in a pass rusher who can’t rush the passer. When I heard the name Vernon Gholston, two names came to mind – Michael Haynes and Gaines Adams, rest his soul. Do either of those names inspire confidence?
I decided to do a little research on the former Ohio State product and here’s what came up when I started typing Vernon Gholston into Google and here’s what came up after I hit the space bar after “Gholston”:
Isn’t it bad enough that Jerry Angelo has more bad busts to his credit than a cheesy plastic surgeon, now he bring them in pre-busted? Why draft a bust and wait a few years to confirm if he’s going to bust out? Now Jerry is just bringing them in pre-certified to save the time. All he had to do was type his name into Google and he could have had this top secret information.
Angelo sympathizers will point out that it’s a low risk move and it’s worth taking a flier on a once highly regarded prospect. Under normal circumstances, in a “normal” offseason, I would totally agree. But in a super-abbreviated, jam packer fire drill of a free agent signing period, minutes and even seconds matter.
The time that Jerry spent on the phone talking to Gholston’s people is time that he should have spent trying to sign Kreutz or another offensive lineman or getting more linebacker or secondary help. God forbid he brings in a proven, legitimate wide receiver.
The Bears don’t have time for reclamation projects and don’t have time to waste on a guy whose own Google search knows – he is a bust!