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Bears Look to the Future

Post by Johnnyharvard

Well The Bears are looking to the future and its good to know they recognize the same faults in their team as we do, and are apparently looking to address them. The Bears are looking to workout Canadian football league leading receiver Andy Fantuz.http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/01/bears-expected-to-look-at-cfl-receiver-fantuz.html

Even though in this article it says he’s likely to return to Canada for better money and security its still encouraging to see they not only recognize they need more at the position, but also that they are willing to get a bigger receiver which is not what Martz is known for wanting. Fantuz is 6-4 22o.

They also worked out three receivers early this week. According to a source, Jake Allen, Aundrae Allison and Emmanuel Arceneaux were worked out. There details in this article. http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/01/source-bears-worked-out-three-wide-receivers.html

In other news the Bears are also looking at next season on the O-line. According to this story at chicagobreakingnews.com Bears practice squad lineman (who I believe is being groomed at the tackle spot) was offered a contract by Miami, but he declined the offer to stay with the Bears because of opportunity. The Bears did give him a raise to stay, but according to his agent he did leave money on the table. So expect to see Levi Horn at one of the Tackle spots next season. And by the way it doesn’t look like Webb will be losing his starting job anytime soon so Frank the Tank Omiyale looks like he’s in trouble. Perhaps they have him compete at one of the guard spots next or release him outright. I’d assume the later since he carries a pretty high price tag if they pick up his option. Its a shame because I think frank has the skills to be dominant at LT, but apparently not the desire. I was a big supporter of his, but its clear a change needs to be made and thank God the Bears look like they will make it.

UPDATE:

Sorry I forgot to add the link to the Horn story. Here it is.

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/01/horn-got-practice-squad-raise-to-stay-with-bears.html

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7 responses

  1. johnnyharvard

    Again maybe this Horn kid is the golden child or moves over to RT while Webb takes over the LT slot. The Bears will have a huge line with nasty to it if anything else to flatten D-lineman in the run game. They’re athletic and young too. Get a stud vet like Mankins inside, draft a guy or two, and suddenly this line doesn’t look too bad. Especially if you added a pro bowl playmaking player in the first round for years to come.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

  2. johnnyharvard

    Horn and Webb may be better than Carimi. I get mixed signals on him. he’s tenacious but kind of an Oaf! He looks to be another T best suited for the right side or even better still guard. I think theres better value at O-line lower in the draft. I’m not saying not to draft O-line, but not high. I don’t think you get the value. I think last year Carimi might have been a 5th rounder. I like Webb better and he was a 7th rounder. If Bears didn’t pick him he may have been un-drafted. This draft is crap for O-line. Just because he may be the best available lineman wherever the Bears wind up picking doesn’t mean he’s the best available pick at that spot. At that point there will be an impact Receiver, D-lineman, Cornerback, or possibly safety. All almost as big of needs as O-line. I’d go and get Mankins. With Taylor and Manumaleuseless off the team they can give Mankins that doe. I wouldn’t fall asleep on TE either. There will be a couple impact ones that might be at the 2nd/3rd round picks.

    January 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    • I think Carimi has better feet than both of those guys. Havent really seen much of Horn this year. But Carimi has the best feet in the draft. The problem is we have a bunch of power tackles who have trouble with speed rushes. And Omiyale is a little soft, but the best of what we have right now. Te draft is def stronger for guards and centers than tackles tho. Hudson, Pouncey, Scholling, and Zeimba are all top notch OGs. But i dont think you peg yourself into a position for sure. We need enough at CB, WR, and DT where we should be able to get the best available and not reach.

      January 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      • johnnyharvard

        Well the report on Carimi is he’s not the athlete for LT. He’s a RT in the NFL because he doesn’t bend at the knee but the Waist. I saw a lot of Carimi and I have to tell ya hats kinda my take on it too. the name I’m hearing a lot of is Nate Solder. He’s probably the most athletic tackle prospect in the draft and projects more as a LT. Played TE early in college. I kinda think Carimi is a bit over rated. To me he looks like a serviceable RT or maybe a special G at the next level. I think you go strength of the draft preferably at a position of need. Bears have a lot of needs at the positions strongest in this draft too. I can’t remember much of Levi Horn but apparently the Bears think really highly of him.

        January 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      • i hear Anthony Costanzo from Boston College alot too, although I am maybe a litle gunshy on Boston College OTs after all of our ‘success’ with Marc Colombo. But youre right. It seems like this draft is loaded with RTs in a year when we need an LT.

        January 7, 2011 at 9:14 am

  3. i actually think thats where we should try to go in the first round, is Gabe Carimi from Wisconsin if hes still there. If we could have kept Jay upright this year, we might have gone 15-1.

    January 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

  4. johnnyharvard

    Sorry I forgot to add the link to the Horn story. Here it is.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/01/horn-got-practice-squad-raise-to-stay-with-bears.html

    January 6, 2011 at 9:33 am

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