What would Mike Ditka say about the “what if” I’m about to write? Probably that “what if’s” are for losers and cowards. Fair enough.
For some reason today I was thinking, can we just imagine for a moment what it might have been like had the Bears had a bona fide NFL wide receiver playing for them in the 2010 NFC Championship game? Just think, in that game the Bears’ starting receivers were Devin Hester and Johnny Knox. Just imagine if they would have had Brandon Marshall then.
Marshall was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins prior to the 2010 season for two second-round draft picks. Let’s just fantasize that Jerry Angelo had come to the conclusion that took Phil Emery just two months to reach-that the Bears offense needed a REAL wide receiver. Can you imagine what Marshall’s impact to that game would have been?
Granted, the Bears had no second-round pick in the 2010 draft, having wasted it on a trade for the late, not so great Gaines Adams. (No first-round pick either, having spent that as part of the Jay Cutler trade compensation). Cutler was hurt in that game as well, but let’s imagine that the offense would have had more success with Marshall in the game and Cutler didn’t get injured. Yes, let’s imagine.
Back to reality, since I last wrote, the Bears hired 41 year old Mel Tucker as their new defensive coordinator. It’s hard to believe that the last time the Bears had an actual change to their defensive coaching staff was when Lovie Smith was hired. It is being speculated that Tucker probably won’t change much of the defense from what we saw in 2012, which is a good thing. Kind of like how Vince Tobin kept a lot of the 46 defense intact in 1986 and 1987 while he had the players to run it.
I also am excited to see new coach Marc Trestman assembling a veteran coaching staff, as opposed to the staffs that Dick Jauron and Smith put together when they were hired. I am very excited for the future of the offense, no question.
And finally, while it’s still a little early to be talking draft, no surprise here that the Bears are heavily scouting offensive tackles this week in Mobile, Alabama. According to Dan Pompei’s article, the draft seems pretty deep in this area this year, which certainly bodes well for the Bears.