The Bears fired General Manager Jerry Angelo after the 2011 Chicago Bears Season, ostensibly because they wanted changes. And ostensibly changes for the better.
But new GM Phil Emery’s signing of former second-round draft bust Devin Thomas seems just like Angelo’s modus operandi from 2011, signing former bust-outs Vernon Gholdson, Amobi Okoye and Roy Williams. So do we have a new direction or not?
Speaking of Okoye, I’m surprised Emery hasn’t seemed to want to re-sign the solid rotational defensive tackle. I have heard nothing about the Bears trying to bring him back, and Okoye is embarking on a free agent tour. Maybe parting with Okoye is the sign of a new direction, but why not bring back a solid, affordable reserve at a key position in Lovie Smith’s defense?
I’m still a little confused by the Bears’ actions during the 2012 free agency period. They have improved the offense by bringing in Brandon Marshall (if he’s not suspended for the whole season), Jason Campbell and Michael Bush. But I’m still really paranoid about the defense. Pass rush is the absolute key to successful defense in Smith’s scheme, and incumbent Israel Idonije won’t cut it across from Julius Peppers. With a stronger pass rush the need for a better corner across from Charles Tillman isn’t as great, but with no improvement there the corner position is again a liability. And the Bears’ safeties are inconsistent and frequently injured.
The window is closing. Super Bowl in 2012 or bust. Whither the defense?