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Mr. Briggs Goes To Washington?

Posted by sportsmaven on March 26, 2007

I just finished watching the Chicago Bulls game on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Comcast SportsNite is reporting that Bears GM Jerry Angelo is due to meet with LB Lance Briggs while attending the NFL Owner’s Meetings in Arizona this week. Topic is whether or not the Bears will be interested in signing the two-time Pro Bowl LB to a long term contract or possibly trading Briggs to the Washington Redskins. Multiple news sources are now reporting that the Redskins have offered their #1 draft pick (6th overall) to the Bears in exchange for the Bears #1 pick (pick #31) and Lance Briggs. Reports from Arizona also indicate that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder did confirm the interest and the terms of the proposed deal.

Mr. Briggs Goes To Washington?
(Photo courtesy of JSOnline.com)

Is this proper value for Lance Briggs? Will the Bears sign Briggs to a long term contract? (that is highly doubtful). So looking at the numbers from the Jimmy Johnson NFL draft value chart, the #6 pick in the first round is worth 1600 points. The #31 pick is worth 600 points. So to make the deal even from a points standpoint, the assumption is that Lance Briggs is worth the #16 pick in the first round, or 1000 points. So essentially, the deal is the #16 and #31 picks of the first round in exchange for the #6 pick in the first round. So the question is whether or not Lance Briggs is worth the #16 pick in this year’s draft?

Second question is who would be available at the #6 pick? Well this is where the scenarios get interesting. It seems the consensus Top 5 picks are QB JaMarcus Russell, RB Adrian Peterson, OT Joe Thomas, WR Calvin Johnson and QB Brady Quinn. Could Calvin Johnson slip to #6? What about Joe Thomas or an even more interesting scenario, what about Brady Quinn? The Bears would have some flexibility here. Option A would be look at any of the consensus Top 5 that might slip, especially the non-QB’s. Option B would be to upgrade the secondary. S LaRon Landry and CB Leon Hall would be the choices there (I don’t see this option playing very well). Option C would be drafting one of the two stud ends, either DE Gaines Adams or DE Jamaal Anderson (I don’t see this option playing very well either.) Option D would be looking to trade down and draft either LB Lawrence Timmons or LB Paul Posluszny or WR Ted Ginn, Jr. (adding speed/big play making ability to the WR position as well as giving the Bears the best return tandem in the NFL) or WR Dwayne Jarrett or DT Amobi Okoye or DT Alan Branch while adding a pick or two in the mid-later rounds of the drafts, where the Bears have done quite well in the recent past.

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Chicago Bears Trade For Adam Archuleta — Good Move?

Posted by sportsmaven on March 20, 2007

This just in — the Chicago Bears made an off-season move and it was actually a good one. ESPN.com has reported the the Bears and Washington Redskins made a trade, S Adam Archuleta for a reported 6th round draft pick in the 2007 draft and a reworked contract. Archuleta will make $8.1M over 3 years with $5M guaranteed.

Safety Adam Archuleta Traded To Bears
(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

So what do I like about this trade? The Bears pick up a talented, mis-used, playmaker at the line of scrimmage safety. I look at this deal as essentially a trade straight up for S Todd Johnson. Archuleta is more talented than Todd Johnson and only a year older, but it will remain to be seen if Archuleta will step on the field to play special teams and fill that role that both Todd Johnson and S Cameron Worrell vacated when they left for St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins respectively. This also provides big-time insurance for S Mike Brown as well as taking safety off the board for the early rounds of this year’s draft. Putting Archuleta close to the line of scrimmage, something the Redskins outright refused to do, brings a talented playmaker in run-support, a clear Bears weakeness in the second half of last season and especially in the Super Bowl.

I believe that Adam Archuleta will be a terrific fit for the Bears style of defense (just don’t let him cover anyone one on one too often!) and will provide a slight upgrade in talent in the safety position.

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Super Bowl? Miami Here We Come!

Posted by sportsmaven on January 22, 2007

Don’t let anyone tell you that the Chicago Bears didn’t earn this victory today against the New Orleans Saints. I have never experienced the energy, passion, the intensity contained in Soldier Field today. I have never heard it so loud. The snow fell all game…it was perfect. I refer to my January 18th post as the keys to today’s game with outcomes:

For the Bears:

  1. Third down conversions as a key stat this week. The Bears are at 31% in stopping 3rd down coversions, which is #2 in the NFL in that category. The Bears held the Saints to 38% in 3rd down conversions.
  2. Secondly, do not let Drew Brees get comfortable in the pocket. Change the looks he’s getting, use the blitz early, take him out of his rhythm. If Brees is allowed to get comfortable early, his accurate passing will pick the Bears secondary apart, especially with little to no push to the quarterback from the Bears front four. Brees was sacked 3 times today including once on the 3rd play of the game. He was knocked down about 100 times, and committed a key intentional grounding penalty in the end zone to swing the momentum back to the Bears.
  3. Finally, win the turnover battle and get very physical. The Washington Redskins did this in the regular season and held Brees to his lowest QB rating of the season (59.9). Saints committed 4 turnovers (3 by Brees) Bears had no turnovers. Bears were clearly the more physical team today.

For the Saints:

  1. The Bears actually match up with the Saints fairly well, so the keys for the Saints are to establish the run early to loosen up the passing game. Deuce Mc Allister and Reggie Bush combined for 10 carries for 37 yards as the Saints abandoned the run early and threw 49 passes.
  2. Secondly, the Saints need their rush ends, Will Smith and Charles Grant to get a push on Rex Grossman to protect their weak secondary. The Saints are prone to the big play and when they give it up, they give it up BIG. (ask Fred Thomas about that) Put the heat on Rex and the Bears offense slams to a grinding halt. Rex Grossman hardly felt any heat and wasn’t sacked today. Fred Thomas was burned for a 33 yd. touchdown reception by Bernard Berrian.
  3. Finally, win the time of possession battle. Keep the #1 rated offense in the NFC on the field as much as possible. The Saints lost the time of possession battle, 35:15 to 24:45.

In the AFC, the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning finally got over the hump called the New England Patriots 38-34 to meet the Bears in Super Bowl XLI on Feb. 4th in Miami, FL. Tom Brady had a last gasp opportunity and threw and interception that essentially ended the game. The early line for Super Bowl XLI is Colts giving 7. The NFL Today crew on ESPN and the ESPN analysts are already picking the Colts to win. I suppose the Bears will be playing that underdog card again. No need for me to tell you who I like. Here we go again….

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New Orleans Saints A Team of Destiny?

Posted by sportsmaven on January 18, 2007

The buzz phrase this week from our friends in the national media is that the New Orleans Saints are a team of destiny.  The Indianapolis Colts have also used that self descriptive moniker when talking about themselves, as though the hand of God is sweeping away all challengers and paving a path of gold for these two teams to meet in Miami on Feb. 4th for pro football’s biggest prize,  Super Bowl XLI.  When people start pulling out the Team of Destiny card, it’s often a sign that a team is not playing well enough to consistently win.  Last I heard, they still had to play the games on the field.  Several Seattle Seahawks stated that after the Dallas Cowboys game, that they were a Team of Destiny.  They were a team of destiny all right, destined to watch the rest of the playoffs at home on a high definition plasma screen.

So if we plan on using the Team of Destiny line, shouldn’t we be able to bring in other forms of sporting voodoo in play?  How about the Billy Goat curse or the ex-Cub factor?  (Sorry, wrong sport)  But what about the SI jinx?  I just received this week’s copy of Sports Illustrated in the mail today and look who was on the cover.  For those who don’t subscribe, here is a visual:

Drew Brees on SI

So which theory prevails this weekend?  Sorry Drew, we play the game on the field and here are my keys to the NFC Championship Game:

Bears – Rex Grossman and the defense is what everyone talks about as keys to whether the Bears move on or not, but I think that is the easy way out.  The real keys for the Bears are a bit more complex than that.  I am looking at 3rd down conversions as a key stat this week.  The Bears are at 31% in stopping 3rd down coversions, which is #2 in the NFL in that category.  Stop 3rd down conversions, and you keep Drew Brees, Reggie  Bush, Deuce McAllister, and company off the field and keep a mediocre Saints defense on the field.  Secondly, do not let Brees get comfortable in the pocket.  Change the looks he’s getting, use the blitz early, take him out of his rhythm.  If Brees is allowed to get comfortable early, his accurate passing will pick the Bears secondary apart, especially with little to no push to the quarterback from the Bears front four.  Finally, win the turnover battle and get very physical.  The Washington Redskins did this in the regular season and held Brees to his lowest QB rating of the season (59.9).

Saints – the Bears actually match up with the Saints fairly well, so the keys for the Saints are to establish the run early to loosen up the passing game.  McAllister and Bush are the best combo backfield in the NFL and are ideal complements to each other.  The Saints like to use a version of the spread offense to open up lanes for Bush and Marques Colston to exploit.  If McAllister is established early, those lanes open up like a landing strip at O’Hare.  Secondly, the Saints need their rush ends, Will Smith and Charles Grant to get a push on Grossman to protect their weak secondary.  The Saints are prone to the big play and when they give it up, they give it up BIG.  (ask Fred Thomas about that)  Put the heat on Rex and the Bears offense slams to a grinding halt.  Finally, win the time of possession battle.  Keep the #1 rated offense in the NFC on the field as much as possible.

The Sports Maven’s prediction: Bears 31, Saints 24

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