Seems like everywhere the last few days, local journalists are playing up the “Bears could have signed Kurt Warner in 2005″ story. I really think they should put it to rest and concentrate on more important things, like which retread will actually accept their offer to become offensive coordinator now that candidates A (Jeremy Bates) and B (Tom Clements) are out of the picture. (Just like 2004 when candidates A-F told the Bears they had no interest in becoming their head coach with the early 90′s-type money and structure the Bears offered).
It’s true, the Bears talked briefly to Kurt Warner’s agent prior to both the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Both times, they told Warner and agent not to waste their time unless they understood that Rex Grossman would be the undisputed starter. So Warner didn’t waste his time. He signed with the New York Giants in 2004, had a mediocre season, then signed with the Cardinals in 2005. He had another mediocre season and a half, was benched in 2006 before becoming the starter again.
So in Jerry Angelo’s defense, in 2005 it generally wasn’t known if Warner was completely done coming off a poor 2004. But here’s what local media seems to be forgetting. Say the Bears do sign Warner in 2005, does anyone out there with a brain really think he would have flourished under Ron Turner and his “I fit square pegs into MY round hole” offense? Seriously?
Warner has had his late-career renaissance in Arizona flinging the ball around in a pass-happy offense to a bevy of young, talented receivers. In Chicago under Ron Turner, he would have been asked to hand the ball off and throw careful slant passes now and again. By 2007 he would have begun to get hit constantly behind a crumbling offensive line. And he and his wife Yoko would have been frustrated to no end with the system-let’s not forget her phone calls to the media complaining about a similar situation in St. Louis.
Point being, don’t listen to the professionals on this one, fans. Not sure if it should make us feel better or not, but had they signed Warner, the Bears would have ruined him anyway.