Monday, April 18, 2005

The Glass Kid

We have talked many of times about the status of quarterback Rex Grossman and this entry will be no different. The simple fact of the matter is; Grossman is supposed to be the Bears franchise quarterback. With that type of value behind the kid, Grossman will be the topic on Coach Lovie Smith’s mind since Grossman is still healing up from his surgically repaired knee from last season.

The Bears hold the number 4 pick in this years NFL draft. Look for the Bears to keep in investing in their ‘glass kid’ even though they will probable draft a quarterback on the first day.

Grossman has been throwing the pigskin of recent and is supposed to start taking snaps under center when the Bears minicamp starts on the 21st of May. Of course if the season started today Grossman could not play, but the upside is that Grossman will be ready for full contact once the season is underway.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Another Report

Running back Thomas Jones is coming off his best season as a professional, but he suffered through another losing season in a star-crossed career that has taken him from Arizona to Tampa Bay and Chicago. He produced a career-high 948 rushing yards and added 56 receptions to become the first player to lead the team in both those categories since Neal Anderson in 1989. So why are the Bears talking about taking a running back with the No. 4 pick in the April draft? There are a couple of reasons. Anthony Thomas was not offered a contract to return once he hit unrestricted free agency, and there are differing opinions within the organization if Jones will suit the new offense under Ron Turner. Jones was brought in as a perfect fit for the old system that was based on the St. Louis and Kansas City offenses. He's a cutback runner with breakaway speed who uses excellent vision and patience to break plays. He might not be the ideal fit for a power running game. Still, his excellent hands and route-running ability make him a double threat out of the backfield, and he will have a significant role in 2005.