With the impressive Monday night victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the books, the Chicago Bears seem to have moved on in swift fashion from their awful performance against the Green Bay Packers in week 2 at Lambeau Field.
Of course the Bears also seem to be moving on from former first round draft pick (14th overall) Chris Williams with equal speed, as Williams heads ever closer to the NFL first round bust scrapheap.
Williams, who saw action in the Bears Jumbo package during the first three games, found himself in inactive clothes despite being healthy, against the Cowboys on Monday night. Veteran offensive lineman Jonathan Scott, who signed with the Bears on Sept. 10, was active for the first time this season.
Williams has moved from Left Tackle to Left Guard, spent a lot of time on the injury table, but to top off his beleaguered Bears resumee, Williams has started the 2012 decline going from challenging for left tackle, to settling for swing tackle, to being dropped to the inactive list, all in four short weeks (8 weeks if we are to be kind and include preseason).
In the grand scheme of busts Williams will never rate on the upper echelons with the JaMarcus Russell’s of this world, but his downfall epitomizes the Jerry Angelo era of drafting, which currently boasts just 2 first round picks (Gabe Carimi and Williams) and just 1 of 31 players picked in the 2004-2007 drafts (Devin Hester).
To no one surprise other than Williams himself the Bears finally pulled the trigger and ended the pain.
“Of course I was disappointed,” Williams said. “It came as a surprise to me, but it was Coach’s decision.”
The writing is clearly on the wall for Williams as his contract also expires at the end of the 2012 season. With this latest move by the Bears coaching staff it is really a case of can the Bears get any kind of trade value for the tackle before they cut him and cast him asunder.
Williams refused to be drawn on his current or future contract situation when probed by reporters.
“It’s a business,” he said. “You can’t really let emotions get the best of you. It will all work itself out.”
I suppose you can accuse Williams of many things but a lack of optimism is certainly not one of them. The real question Bears fans care about is how long willit take Emery to fix the talent hole that Angelo built this organisation.