|Goodbye Jerry, new Chicago GM making all the right moves|
|Written by Kevin Powell, Daily Vidette Columnist|
|Thursday, 12 April 2012 09:04|
It seemed like everything Bears fans wanted when Jerry Angelo was the team’s General Manager never came to fruition. Now, everything Bears fans have wanted for years has started to transpire under newly anointed GM Phil Emery.
One simple change in the organization, and big things start to happen.
Sure, Angelo brought in Jay Cutler, but that was when he was on the hot seat and needed to do something drastic to avoid being fired.
After acquiring Cutler, Angelo also proceeded to give the franchise quarterback next to nothing to work with.
That changed in a flash when Emery made a move that nearly blindsided Bears nation. Emery made trading for Brandon Marshall look so easy and simple after dealing with the strenuous Angelo for years.
Completely under the radar, Emery made a clever and sly move when he swapped two third round draft picks for Marshall’s services; simple enough: provide your franchise quarterback with some artillery.
It has seemed so obvious to get Cutler a No. 1 receiver, yet Angelo seemed completely perplexed on how to even begin searching for one.
There was no drama or media craze before the deal. It was just an easily executed trade for just a couple draft picks.
Recently, Emery made another crafty move when he signed the always dramatic Lance Briggs through 2014, avoiding any potential contract disputes the seven-time Pro Bowler is famous for.
Emery also made another key signing when he bolstered up one of the strongest aspects of Lovie Smith’s squad: special teams.
Eric Weems is regarded as one of the premiere special team’s experts in the NFL and Emery was able to nail him down.
Weems can return kickoffs, which may end Devin Hester’s tenure in that role and is also stellar at covering them. It’s easy to overlook the Weems signing with it lacking a flashy popular name, but this was a great player for Emery.
Israel Idonije was also re-signed to a one-year deal, which had to happen considering the Bears are very shallow in the defensive end spot.
And although Idonije should only be considered a third or fourth pass rusher, without him the Bears would be in much more trouble.
The signing of running back Michael Bush caused a stir with Matt Forte who is currently in heavy contract disputes, which is why the signing was an important one.
For one, Bush will be a great addition to the Bears offense whether Forte is playing or not, and secondly, if Forte does leave town the Bears aren’t left with a depleted backfield.
In the secondary, an area of concern for the team, Emery was able to lock up a couple veteran defensive backs in Kelvin Hayden and Jonathan Wilhite.
Neither are starters, but it does give the team insurance options.
Angelo seemed to do everything Bears fans didn’t want. Emery has just made things simple and completed the obvious tasks.