By Clyde A. Speller @ClydeASpeller on April 11, 2014
Since the official start of the 2014 NFL league year, the Chicago Bears have made a lot of moves to improve from last year. For the most part, every move that has been made by Chicago’s front office has been on the money. It’s hard to pinpoint any bad decisions made on their part at this point in the offseason. However, I’ll try my best to choose five things that have gone wrong for the Bears so far.
The Bears re-signed starting cornerbacks Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings and reserves Kelvin Hayden and Sherrick McManis this offseason. However, retaining Zack Bowman would have been a better move. In place of the injured Tillman in 2013, Bowman started seven games and had three interceptions, defended eight passes and scored one defensive touchdown.
Chicago’s situation at the safety position last season was beyond horrible. Although the Bears did sign numerous safeties this offseason, welcoming back Danieal Manning would have been a huge boost to the secondary. In addition, Manning’s presence would have been felt on special teams as well with the departure of Devin Hester.
Although there was some speculation about his hip, Corey Wootton’s versatility along the defensive line would have tremendously helped Chicago in 2014. Now the Bears will have to worry about him twice a year when they face the Minnesota Vikings.
Finding a reliable backup quarterback is a hard thing to do in the NFL. The Bears had one in their grasp in 2013 with Josh McCown. Unfortunately, Chicago didn’t do everything in their power to keep McCown on the roster this offseason.
Re-signing Jay Cutler was definitely a smart move by the Bears. However, giving the injury-prone quarterback 6.7 million, with million guaranteed, is mind-boggling. Even behind an improved O-line, Cutler still found himself on the sideline for a significant amount of time. Chicago could have invested some of that money on the defensive side of the ball or in trying to keep McCown.
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