In the years that Lovie Smith has been the head coach of the Chicago Bears, the team has seen its fair share of players at the Safety position. Given the past, there is no reason to think that the 2012 season will be any different. Smith uses a revolving door for the safety position. Unfortunately this has to be the case because no one on the team has ever been all that good to hold down a starting spot.
I really thought this year was going to be a little different. I saw some great potential in Chris Conte and knew it would only be a matter of time until Craig Steltz forced Major Wright out of the picture and up to Evanston to start his new career of washing cars. Everything really seemed to be coming together.
Funny how the preseason has a way of ripping apart some of your dreams. Conte seperated his shoulder and promising rookie backup Brandon Hardin has been placed on IR due to a nasty neck injury. This leaves the team with only Steltz and Wright to hold down the fort. While I have nothing but confidence in Steltz, Wright leaves a lot to be desired. Lovie has been talking him up for a while now but I’m pretty sure this kid is going to fall in to the ever-increasing ‘Angelo Draft Bust’ bucket.
Just taking a look at the depth chart and there aren’t many names anyone would recognize. If the Bears want to make sure that big play is stopped, it would be prudent of them to go out and try to grab a safety with actual big game experience. I know they have DJ Moore waiting in the wings but I like him where he is. Bro is a play maker who comes in on the Nickel sets and creates turnovers. I can’t really see him doing more than that and contributing consistently at the safety position.
Phil Emery hasn’t steered the club wrong yet. Let’s hope he doesn’t start now.
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