What are your thoughts on the Bears signing DE Austen Lane?- Asked by: Mayra Camden
Not sure what the Bears were thinking on this one. It’s likely a move to increase depth and bring in competition. That’s honestly really the short and sweet of it. I can’t think of any other reason, and the only thing that is sticking out to me is his relation with Tucker. Lane is not very productive, only three sacks in thirty games. That’s not exactly eye popping. What’s also not making sense is he has bounced around so much, which makes me wonder why Emery made the move. Again this is likely just a move to bring in competition, the Bears line was so bad this past season that anything is in the cards at this point.
Hey Zach I would like to know who you think we will be drafting and not just the first pick all of our picks what are your thoughts? -Asked by: Donald Johnson
I think its clear that the Bears are looking to inject youth and that new car smell into their defense. Trestman even got behind it saying he’s all in for a draft filled entirely of defensive playmakers. Emery even alluded to trading down in order to procure a few more picks. Let’s assume that Emery is unable to shop around the 14th pick and sticks where he is at. The order that I think the Bears ultimately go for is as follows. Defensive End is the most pressing need. It looks as if Melton will stay around, I like Dee Ford or Kony Ealy in the first round and Michael Sam in the fourth. I think it’s safe to say that Major Wright is out for next season which leaves me to believe that safety is a guarantee in the draft. I like Deone Bucannon in the second round and Ahmad Dixon in the third. Dixon is pegged to be taken in the 4th, but I think he has the physical play the Bears need in the back end. After that I fully expect both a corner and defensive tackle to be taken in the following rounds. Some type of kick returner/speed oriented receiver would greatly benefit the team in a seventh round pick. Don’t be surprised to see every pick on the defensive side of the ball.
Will Ford be backing up Forte?- Asked by: Mike Oswald
I think he will have a chance to do so in camp. Ford, an undrafted free agent came into camp last year competing for a roster spot. A fringe player that spent the majority of time playing special teams. It really will depend on what the Bears decide to do about Michael Bush. I think he is still a more than capable backup. However, Bush will cost the Bears $3.5 Million this season and I can’t see them paying that for a change of pace back. The biggest issue for Michael Bush is the scheme that Trestman runs, it just doesn’t fit a downhill runner like Bush. The thing that serves as a detriment to Bush, serves as an aid to Ford. Ford is quick, shifty, and looks to have good vision. If he can work on catching the ball out of the backfield then Ford could easily be Forte’s backup. He has a long way to that spot though, and is likely to face some competition in camp. Emery will more than likely part ways with Bush, and bring in some competition to get a better feel for Ford. I think that the Bears will likely go down to two backs this year instead of three.
About the Author: Zach Krpan
Chicago native and avid fan of the Bears and Black Hawks. Graduate in Communication and Media Studies at Depaul University in Chicago. Currently living in Chicago, working at Starbucks as a Barista.