Some left-over thoughts from the Chicago Bears’ most recent debacle.
- It just doesn’t feel right to put the names Devin Hester and Kellen Davis in the same context, but the (albeit slightly different) experiments with both of these players on offense need to end. In 2007, Hester was moved from cornerback to wide receiver following his historic rookie season. We all thought that Hester’s play on offense would also be historic. After six seasons of this experiment, I think we can safely conclude that it hasn’t been historically positive. Historically mediocre, possibly. Hester has made a couple of splashy plays like his diving touchdown at Dallas this season, but his memorable drops have far outweighed his positive contributions on offense. His drop of a touchdown pass last Sunday was indicative of the trend of his play as a regular. “Just wait until we get Hester the ball in space on offense with room to make plays,” Lovie Smith’s staff told us in ’07, pretending that Hester would have the impact of other divisional receivers Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb. But he hasn’t. And after six years of trying, it’s time to reduce his role as a starting receiver.
- Why isn’t starting tight end Kellen “body of a world-beater, hands of an egg-beater” Davis on the bench yet? Week after week Davis’ physical skills put him in position to make huge plays, then he drops the pass thrown his way. In my opinion, at least while the playoffs are a (however slight) possibility, the Bears are jeopardizing their chances by continuing to trot Davis out as a starter. Physical skills, absolutely. Football skills? Slight. Start Kyle Adams and begin working Evan Rodriguez in when in multiple-TE sets.
Finally, it just occurred to me this morning. This is only my opinion, but regardless of what anyone says, I think that Sunday’s game versus Green Bay will determine whether the Bears sneak into the playoffs as the wildcard or not. Yes, the Bears could lose to the Packers and still reach the playoffs by winning their last two games as long as some other cards fall their way. But I don’t think this is a possibility-because in my opinion I do not think they’re going to win at Detroit on December 30th. After seeing the Bears’ play at Minnesota, I am convinced they will not win on the road in Detroit.