Since we discussed Orton and my opinion on him, probably now a good time to discuss the new revisionist thinking on our friend Cedric Benson.
Benson was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 draft-the Bears’ highest draft selection since 1979. After crying on draft day because he felt the process was unfair to him, he held out almost all of the 2005 preseason, had two solid seasons, then pouted, stumbled around and was hurt in his first and only season as the #1 starter in 2007. Then as we all know, following two alcohol-related arrests (charges were later dropped on both), the Bears released him.
Let’s not forget to mention that while here, Benson and his questionable motivation alienated his teammates, coaches and fans.
Now in Cincinnati, Benson leads the NFL in rushing after five games. And just as there is a vocal minority that wants Kyle Orton back and Jay Cutler out of town, I hear calls to sports talk insisting how stupid the Bears were to have released Benson. How Jerry Angelo should have somehow known that Benson would figure it out and become a quality running back two years later.
Seriously? There wasn’t a single reason for which I thought the Bears should have kept Benson. I hated the pick in the first place, and although I hated to see the waste of the pick, I had no problems with the Bears launching him out of Chicago. Now he likes to talk about how wrong the Bears were and he’s proven them wrong, but I’d like to see him keep this up for more than 5 games before he’s injured, alienates teammates or gets himself in trouble in Cincinnati.
No revisionist history here. Knowing what we knew in mid-2008, I’d be glad for the Bears to have cut Benson again and again.