Bears Don’t Need a Big Receiver, They Need a Receiver to Play Big


The Bears brought Roy Williams in to be the “#1 wide receiver” and I’m using the quotes because the whole idea of a #1 wide receiver is a bit of a farce, especially in the Bears offense.  Call it a mismatch, a square peg and a round hole or whatever you want.  Mike Martz doesn’t like and doesn’t need a big wide receiver.  He likes the little guys to get in and out of their breaks quickly and change direction to get to their spot with as little loss in speed as possible.  His offense requires precision and speed.  (A perfect match for Soldier Field, don’t you think?)

Call it a compromise that they brought Williams and his 6’3″ frame here to help the young receiver group and Jay Cutler.  Given that he had the best year of his career under Martz, it wasn’t too much of a stretch.  Coming in on a 1-year deal, it’s a relatively low risk move, but it’s a move that could prove costly. 

The Bears handed Roy Williams the top receiver job as if they had just brought in Jerry Rice in his prime.  This is a guy who hauled in 37 balls and 5 TD’s last year.  Think it was a flukey bad year?  The year before he had 38 catches.  That’s what this guy is and that’s what he’s going to be.  They’re not getting the 2006 Williams who had 1300 yards on 82 catches.  The sooner the Bears realize this, the sooner they can start fixing the problem.

The Bears don’t need Roy Williams and his 6’3″, 230 pound body.  The Bears need their wide receivers to step up and make plays.  They need a wide receiver that goes up and fights for the ball.  They need a wide receiver who will catch a perfectly thrown, wide open 3rd down pass.  They need a wide receiver with some football instincts that can find the open spot and knows how to come back to the ball when his quarterback is scrambling out of the pocket when protection has broken down.

If the Bears just needed a big body, why couldn’t Devin Aromashodu get the job done?  Because he didn’t do the things I just listed and spent the better part of the 2010 season in Mike Martz’s doghouse.

Do you know how tall Torry Holt is?  6’0″.  Isaac Bruce?  6’0″.  They were pretty good in Mike Martz’s offense, don’t ya think?  What the Bears are missing is a wide receiver that PLAYS BIG and whether it’s Williams or Hester or Bennett or Knox or even rookie Dane Sanzenbacher, they need to get the right guys on the field.

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  • shon79

    We could’ve moved Olsen to WR and he would’ve did better than Williams

  • shon79

    We could’ve moved Olsen to WR and he would’ve did better than Williams

  • Phil X

    I agree 100% Boom. Knox needs to run through his routes and Hester needs to not let DBs muscle him out of his catches. Way too many interceptions last year were due to Knox letting DBs push him out of his route or him completely stopping after contact. Hester again proved in the Giants game that he can’t hold onto the ball when he gets hit.
    As far as Roy Williams. He can help if they use him correctly. Run fades in the end zone, and allow him to go up over shorter DBs and LB mismatches, but he has alligator hands when running up the middle and on slant routes. I had season tickets to UT games while he was in school. He holds the records, but he is not a winner. Signing him to a 1 yr deal wasn’t the worst idea Angelo has ever had though.

  • Phil X

    I agree 100% Boom. Knox needs to run through his routes and Hester needs to not let DBs muscle him out of his catches. Way too many interceptions last year were due to Knox letting DBs push him out of his route or him completely stopping after contact. Hester again proved in the Giants game that he can’t hold onto the ball when he gets hit.
    As far as Roy Williams. He can help if they use him correctly. Run fades in the end zone, and allow him to go up over shorter DBs and LB mismatches, but he has alligator hands when running up the middle and on slant routes. I had season tickets to UT games while he was in school. He holds the records, but he is not a winner. Signing him to a 1 yr deal wasn’t the worst idea Angelo has ever had though.

  • City

    Amen Boomer! I hope Roy Williams isn’t the Chester Taylor mistake of 2012!

  • City

    Amen Boomer! I hope Roy Williams isn’t the Chester Taylor mistake of 2012!

  • RobSchwarzJr

    I have to agree! Someone in the WR corps. just needs to step up and make play after play! Hopefully with Knox putting on 15lbs he will not be such a push over at times, causing stupid interceptions that in my opinion are no fault to Jay Cutler!!

  • RobSchwarzJr

    I have to agree! Someone in the WR corps. just needs to step up and make play after play! Hopefully with Knox putting on 15lbs he will not be such a push over at times, causing stupid interceptions that in my opinion are no fault to Jay Cutler!!

  • flowermike

    Wow Boom, we signed Dallas’ 4th receiver to be our #1 for an offensive scheme that doesn’t depend on the skills that 4th receiver has (size) who doesn’t catch well. And the Martz scheme is predicated on speed and being clean in and out of breaks on Soldier Field (?).

    Hopefully, rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic (offense line) stops the sinking and we gave a gift to the Panthers of a receiver that had size, speed and Jay’s favorite target.

    Sounds like a plan written in chinese to me.

    PS… I don’t read cantonese or schezwan and Mandarin is too easy for the titans to steal our plays.

  • flowermike

    Wow Boom, we signed Dallas’ 4th receiver to be our #1 for an offensive scheme that doesn’t depend on the skills that 4th receiver has (size) who doesn’t catch well. And the Martz scheme is predicated on speed and being clean in and out of breaks on Soldier Field (?).

    Hopefully, rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic (offense line) stops the sinking and we gave a gift to the Panthers of a receiver that had size, speed and Jay’s favorite target.

    Sounds like a plan written in chinese to me.

    PS… I don’t read cantonese or schezwan and Mandarin is too easy for the titans to steal our plays.

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  • JerryRichardson

    I say it is time to end the Williams experiment. Roy came to Chicago and has yet to even play a single down at 100%. He was cocky enough to come into amp overweight and out of shape…and stupid enough to half ass his conditioning to the point of pissing in Drakes Cherrios after Drake stood up for his stupid ass….Johnny Knox may not be the elite #1 reciever everyone seems to lamor for…but Mike Martz’s scheme does not rely on a number#1 reciever…it rekies on a quick read and timming set position for a pre-specified throw…..everything else is just smoke and mirrows. Martz’s scheme is based on speed, timming and surprise…not post or fly or slant patterns to the open reciever. I think Jhonny Know will be the #1 reciever catch and yardage wise for the Bears and will be pushed by Bennet, Dane S,and Forte for the number of recieptions. Roy Williams should be worried about loosing the #3 reciever spot to Sanzsenbacher…..and forget about taking JK’s #1 role…and the Bears need to release Williams and Taylor and give those reps to Dane and Harvey Unga.

  • JerryRichardson

    I say it is time to end the Williams experiment. Roy came to Chicago and has yet to even play a single down at 100%. He was cocky enough to come into amp overweight and out of shape…and stupid enough to half ass his conditioning to the point of pissing in Drakes Cherrios after Drake stood up for his stupid ass….Johnny Knox may not be the elite #1 reciever everyone seems to lamor for…but Mike Martz’s scheme does not rely on a number#1 reciever…it rekies on a quick read and timming set position for a pre-specified throw…..everything else is just smoke and mirrows. Martz’s scheme is based on speed, timming and surprise…not post or fly or slant patterns to the open reciever. I think Jhonny Know will be the #1 reciever catch and yardage wise for the Bears and will be pushed by Bennet, Dane S,and Forte for the number of recieptions. Roy Williams should be worried about loosing the #3 reciever spot to Sanzsenbacher…..and forget about taking JK’s #1 role…and the Bears need to release Williams and Taylor and give those reps to Dane and Harvey Unga.

  • BearGogglesOn

    I doubt they end the experiment and cut Williams, but don’t be surprised to see Knox start to steal some reps from RW. As a side note to your last point, I think Unga is finished. He’s left the team a couple of times for personal reasons (excused absences) but you can’t make the club in the tub, so to speak. At best, maybe the Bears can stash him on the practice squad. He’s not on your final 53 though. @JerryRichardson

  • BearGogglesOn

    I doubt they end the experiment and cut Williams, but don’t be surprised to see Knox start to steal some reps from RW. As a side note to your last point, I think Unga is finished. He’s left the team a couple of times for personal reasons (excused absences) but you can’t make the club in the tub, so to speak. At best, maybe the Bears can stash him on the practice squad. He’s not on your final 53 though. @JerryRichardson

  • BearGogglesOn

    Olsen didn’t have the speed to match up with corners on the outside. @shon79

  • BearGogglesOn

    Olsen didn’t have the speed to match up with corners on the outside. @shon79

  • BearGogglesOn

    Think that’s why Knox added about 10 lbs of muscle in the offseason. The kid did the right thing in the offseason and was rewarded with a demotion to an out-of-shape, diva wide receiver. @Phil X

  • BearGogglesOn

    Think that’s why Knox added about 10 lbs of muscle in the offseason. The kid did the right thing in the offseason and was rewarded with a demotion to an out-of-shape, diva wide receiver. @Phil X