My grandmother died on January 5, 2005. My mom and dad divided, packed, and distributed her various belongs amongst my two brothers and my cousin. Being the oldest grandchild, with what I felt was the closest relationship with my grandmother, I couldn’t bring myself to go through my box of memories my grandmother left for me…..until this afternoon. Yes, 5 years, 2 months, 2 weeks, and 3 days later (or 1,901 days later, for those who like large numbers) I decided to unpack those boxes.
As I am unpacking the boxes, the very fragile items were wrapped in the January 10, 2005 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. As I’m gathering up the piles of newspaper to put in the recycling bin, I noticed an article in the Sports section called “Just Call Him Run Turner”, written by Brad Biggs. It was an article announcing the Chicago Bears hiring of Ron Turner to be their offensive coordinator. I sat down in my easy chair in my office to read the article, a quote that Turner made upon being interviewed for the article. It said:
What we need is pretty well documented – an upgrade on the offensive line and at receiver. With any offense, you’re always looking to upgrade.
Here we are, March 22, 2010 and after Bears GM Jerry Angelo’s high profile spending spree that netted DE Julius Peppers, RB Chester Taylor and TE Brandon Malumaleuna, if you ask almost anybody with football knowledge what’s left for the Bears to upgrade on offense, you guessed it, it’s upgrading the offensive line and the receiving corps.
Now Jerry Angelo does get credit for signing perhaps the two biggest free agent acquisitions in team history with consecutive season signings of QB Jay Cutler and Peppers. And if the Bears were two players away from being major Super Bowl contenders, Angelo may have been hailed as the savior of Chicago sports with those signings.
But as astute as Angelo was in his big signings, he has failed in almost every other free agent signings and has yet to hit it big with any of his own draft picks. It’s safe to say that Angelo’s poor draft and free agent signings has put the Bears to the point of desperation to be in a position to have to overpay for big name free-agents in an all or bust 2010-2011 football season.
If you ask anyone what the Bears needed to upgrade since their Super Bowl run in 2006, you’d also be a big winner if you said the offensive line and wide receiver. So 5 years after the Ron Turner hire, we still need the same thing on offense — offensive lineman and wide receivers. Funny how some things never change.
For the record, my grandmother LOVED the Bears and would have loved Cutler and Peppers. But even she would have told you that she would have loved to have seen an upgrade to the offensive line and receivers before she died….