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Old 04-08-2009, 04:59 PM   #1
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...,254393.column

He's not worth the headache as other options are available
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In some ways Plaxico Burress is the perfect wide receiver for the Bears: A guy who shot himself in the leg playing in an offense that traditionally shoots itself in the foot.

Of course, that is a dated characterization of the Bears offense in the years B.C.—Before Cutler. That figures to change now. Since trading for Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler last week, suddenly anything seems possible for a Bears team that should challenge the Vikings for the NFC North title.

Cutler may not make the Bears immediate Super Bowl contenders, but the presence of a 25-year-old franchise quarterback reopens that Super Bowl window a crack as long as he stays behind center. What an unprecedented, exhilarating week it has been in Beardom.

But let's not get carried away, Chicago.



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Chicago Bears coach open to receiver options Burress coming to town would be bad for everybody around here, except possibly bail bondsmen.

Nobody faults Cutler for believing Burress would be good for him. What NFL quarterback wouldn't want a 6-foot-5-inch target with Super Bowl experience running routes in the red zone?

So when Burress told WSCR-AM reporter Zach Zaidman in Detroit on Sunday night that Cutler has called to gauge his interest in signing with the Bears, it was understood. To NFL players, big picture means the Jumbotron.

But to NFL general managers such as Jerry Angelo, it means evaluating risks that wouldn't be worth the rewards.

He is the type of player who helps teams win games but the type of person who guarantees coaches and GMs will lose sleep—and, worse, quite possibly respect or control.

Burress still faces a possible prison term and a likely NFL suspension stemming from his infamous gun incident last fall in New York City. Last month, Burress reportedly went on a profane tirade when pulled over by police in Florida. That is no way to impress NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or any future employer worried about Burress' disturbing pattern of defying authority.

Whichever team signs Burress, the best-case scenario would make him available for 12 games in a new offense after he serves a league suspension.

He also is likely to sign a one-year, prove-it contract with incentives that could make him more obsessed than usual with how many balls are thrown his way. He has a history of missing medical treatments, being late for meetings and practices and acting in a way that defines uncoachable.

In short, this guy could fill Tank Johnson's old baggage rack in the Bears locker room without any problem at all. By comparison, Burress makes Cedric Benson seem like a boring date.

The Bears would be better off addressing their gaping need at wide receiver by thinking more long-term than quick fix. Cutler actually allows them the flexibility to resist Burress rather than sign him in a knee-jerk act of desperation.

If the Bears have so much faith in Cutler improving the pedestrian receivers they have, they don't need to take a chance on a problem child such as Burress whose contributions in 2009 wouldn't be bigger than his distractions.

Find another veteran who never has been on Court TV. As long as Torry Holt remains unsigned, insist he listen. Ask Holt if either of the two teams he is reported to have his choice narrowed down to—the Titans and the Jaguars—has a quarterback who will make him look better than Cutler could.

If Holt remains disinterested, see what Amani Toomer or Joe Jurevicius has left. Both are in their 30s but might have the moxie to find enough separation to catch 50 balls from Cutler next season.

What about seeing if Mike Furrey might fill a similar role in the Bears' offense that Brandon Stokley did for Cutler in Denver? But stay away from the troubled but talented Matt Jones.

Even if the Bears add a reliable veteran as they should, they still must target a wide receiver in the second round good enough to start.

Two additional wide receivers would give the Bears a solid, if not spectacular, committee of five to complement tight ends Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen in the passing game.

If that approach doesn't work in 2009, then the Bears can pursue a big-play character risk if they like in the off-season. That's when Cutler's former Bronco buddy Brandon Marshall is expected to become a free agent.

Cutler might want to keep his number, but he can lose Burress'.
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Down at the bottom is reads (Holt remains disinterested)
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Man, I am sucking soooo hard lately.
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but it basically says the bears are hardup for recievers to make chicago barbie look good.
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They should go for Holt.
Holt's knee is shredded
He prolly woudnt do well at all in the cold
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:22 PM   #7
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Man, you might just want to recant that post...

oops, too late.

On to Dropxico. Malcontent QB, malcontent WR. Sounds like a match made somewhere south of heaven.
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but it basically says the bears are hardup for recievers to make chicago barbie look good.
I saw this:
"If the Bears have so much faith in Cutler improving the pedestrian receivers they have, they don't need to take a chance on a problem child such as Burress whose contributions in 2009 wouldn't be bigger than his distractions."

I think Cutler will be able to get Earl Bennett on the field and make their Oline better even if Pace does not suit up.

I am considering going to both Bears and Bronco's TC's this year.
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Baby J is already missing BMarsh. What a pair that would make... endless tears.
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I saw this:
"If the Bears have so much faith in Cutler improving the pedestrian receivers they have, they don't need to take a chance on a problem child such as Burress whose contributions in 2009 wouldn't be bigger than his distractions."

I think Cutler will be able to get Earl Bennett on the field and make their Oline better even if Pace does not suit up.

I am considering going to both Bears and Bronco's TC's this year.


Maybe jay will walk on water at training camp ( it seems that writer thinks he can)
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Because he sure helped us win a Super Bowl, I mean get to the playoffs... I mean win more games than lose games.... I mean...

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The bears media is pumped up that's for sure you really can't blame em but jay needs competent recievers to be sucessful i don't care what anybody says.
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If the commish allows him to play he'd be a hell of a target for Cutler.
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NFL network reported on Total Access that Cutler "reached out" to Burress already...
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I hope Burruss sees through Cutler's nonsense.

Actually, Bears'd be lucky to get him. They'll prolly get a "shoot yourself in the foot" discount
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The bears media is pumped up that's for sure you really can't blame em but jay needs competent recievers to be sucessful i don't care what anybody says.
We will find that out real quick because DA BEARS don't have comepent receivers.

I am sure though that if DA BEARS Wr's drop as many balls for Cutler as they did for Orton last year it will be Cutler's fault.
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If Plaxico gets convicted (or plea bargains to) of a felony there is no way that Goodell wouldn't suspend him for the first 8 games.
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if bmarsh gets suspended for 4, plaxico gets 8.. if bmarsh gets 8.. plaxico is gone for the season
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David Haugh | On the Bears
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In some ways Plaxico Burress is the perfect wide receiver for the Bears: A guy who shot himself in the leg playing in an offense that traditionally shoots itself in the foot.

Of course, that is a dated characterization of the Bears offense in the years B.C.—Before Cutler. That figures to change now. Since trading for Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler last week, suddenly anything seems possible for a Bears team that should challenge the Vikings for the NFC North title.

Cutler may not make the Bears immediate Super Bowl contenders, but the presence of a 25-year-old franchise quarterback reopens that Super Bowl window a crack as long as he stays behind center. What an unprecedented, exhilarating week it has been in Beardom.

But let's not get carried away, Chicago.



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Chicago Bears coach open to receiver options Burress coming to town would be bad for everybody around here, except possibly bail bondsmen.

Nobody faults Cutler for believing Burress would be good for him. What NFL quarterback wouldn't want a 6-foot-5-inch target with Super Bowl experience running routes in the red zone?

So when Burress told WSCR-AM reporter Zach Zaidman in Detroit on Sunday night that Cutler has called to gauge his interest in signing with the Bears, it was understood. To NFL players, big picture means the Jumbotron.

But to NFL general managers such as Jerry Angelo, it means evaluating risks that wouldn't be worth the rewards.

He is the type of player who helps teams win games but the type of person who guarantees coaches and GMs will lose sleep—and, worse, quite possibly respect or control.

Burress still faces a possible prison term and a likely NFL suspension stemming from his infamous gun incident last fall in New York City. Last month, Burress reportedly went on a profane tirade when pulled over by police in Florida. That is no way to impress NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or any future employer worried about Burress' disturbing pattern of defying authority.

Whichever team signs Burress, the best-case scenario would make him available for 12 games in a new offense after he serves a league suspension.

He also is likely to sign a one-year, prove-it contract with incentives that could make him more obsessed than usual with how many balls are thrown his way. He has a history of missing medical treatments, being late for meetings and practices and acting in a way that defines uncoachable.

In short, this guy could fill Tank Johnson's old baggage rack in the Bears locker room without any problem at all. By comparison, Burress makes Cedric Benson seem like a boring date.

The Bears would be better off addressing their gaping need at wide receiver by thinking more long-term than quick fix. Cutler actually allows them the flexibility to resist Burress rather than sign him in a knee-jerk act of desperation.

If the Bears have so much faith in Cutler improving the pedestrian receivers they have, they don't need to take a chance on a problem child such as Burress whose contributions in 2009 wouldn't be bigger than his distractions.

Find another veteran who never has been on Court TV. As long as Torry Holt remains unsigned, insist he listen. Ask Holt if either of the two teams he is reported to have his choice narrowed down to—the Titans and the Jaguars—has a quarterback who will make him look better than Cutler could.

If Holt remains disinterested, see what Amani Toomer or Joe Jurevicius has left. Both are in their 30s but might have the moxie to find enough separation to catch 50 balls from Cutler next season.

What about seeing if Mike Furrey might fill a similar role in the Bears' offense that Brandon Stokley did for Cutler in Denver? But stay away from the troubled but talented Matt Jones.

Even if the Bears add a reliable veteran as they should, they still must target a wide receiver in the second round good enough to start.

Two additional wide receivers would give the Bears a solid, if not spectacular, committee of five to complement tight ends Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen in the passing game.

If that approach doesn't work in 2009, then the Bears can pursue a big-play character risk if they like in the off-season. That's when Cutler's former Bronco buddy Brandon Marshall is expected to become a free agent.

Cutler might want to keep his number, but he can lose Burress'.
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What did he reach out, his down stairs bedroom to keep Plax at of trouble, off the streets ? Thats been done tried before, with tittle to no success with another playa.
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If I were the Bears, I would call AZ and find out if they would take round 2 pick in 2009 and like a 3rd rounder in 2010 for Bolden. I highly doubt the Cards would do it but the Bears should try. He'd be a great fit.
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but it basically says the bears are hardup for recievers to make chicago barbie look good.
Too bad Chicago is where WR's go to die...™
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Because he sure helped us win a Super Bowl, I mean get to the playoffs... I mean win more games than lose games.... I mean...

The Bears have a running game and a defense, something we lacked.

God, this board is a bunch of idiots.
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