Misery Loves Company :– A Look Back at 19 years of Chicago Bears Draft duds. Pt. 1 of 3

http://talentgallery.se/?kopse=k%C3%B6pa-sildenafil&e9c=f5 kraken system binäre optionen Misery Loves Company – A Look Back at 19 years of Chicago Bears Draft duds
http://dafradio.net/?hiderwer=strategie-opzioni-binarie-30-minuti&2f3=d7 Part One – The Wannstedt Years

469f8ccd64e2424af2725ed89b6fa4b7 New Bears GM Phil Emery has earned rave reviews for his work this offseason. His acquisition via trade of a legitimate #1 WR and bolstering of roster depth in free agency have got Bears fans salivating on what he’s going to conjure up in this week’s NFL Draft. After all, Emery’s real strength is reputed to be the Draft.

watch Exactly what the Emery Era will bring – nobody knows at this moment in time. What we do know exactly is how the last three personnel regimes fared and, trust me, it’s not good. So stroll with me down Bad Memory Lane to reminisce over oh so many broken dreams. After all, misery loves company. Today – the Wannstedt years.

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forex broker salary Best binary option course ea The Thierry of Evolution: The Bears had a fairly successful draft in 1993 adding Curtis Conway and several other players who went contribute for a number of years. 1994 brought the ‘next Charles Haley’ to the Bears. An athletic LB from Alcorn State – John Thierry (pronounced Theory) was selected him 11th overall. Wannstedt’s theory was that the college LB could put his hand on the ground and evolve into a 4-3 DE. Wannstedt, of course, was wrong. Thierry just couldn’t transition from a small college into a new position in the NFL and sacks came along as often as Haley’s Comet – 12.5 in 5 seasons in Chicago.

Ironically, Thierry had his best two seasons under defensive coordinator Bob Slowik in Cleveland where he had 13.5 sacks in 2 seasons as – a linebacker. Slowik was also Thierry’s coordinator during his stint in Chicago. The point? Stubborn Wanny refused to even try Thierry at his natural position even when it was apparent he couldn’t play DE.

 

 

here Gone In a Puff of Smoke: In 1995 I put Heisman Trophy winning RB Rashaan Salaam on the cover of the very first issue of Bearing Up! It was an exciting time. The Bears had won a wild card game in Minnesota with the 21st overall pick. Despite a holdout Salaam set a then Bears rookie rushing record with 1,074 yards and 10 TDs. However, he put the ball on the ground almost as many times as he put it in the end zone with 9 fumbles. The following season Salaam never got on track following a preseason injury. The Bears brought him back too early from injury and he struggled to make an impression having lost the starting job to Raymont Harris. Salaam won the starting job back in time for the 1997 season. However, that season only last 3 games as Salaam broke his leg against Detroit fumbling away the ball and his Bears career in the process. Salaam would later admit that he smoked a ton (almost literally) of marijuana during his time with the Bears – especially during the remainder of the 1997 season.

 

 

 

 

 

follow Rod’s Revenge: Even by Bears standards the 1997 Draft class was something to behold. The carnage started long before draft day in January when Mike McCaskey announced that the Bears would be shaking up their front office. Graves’s contract expired in May – so effectively the Bears allowed the man they would replace a few weeks after the draft run the damn draft! Graves made sure he didn’t have to turn up to work early on Draft Day by trading the 11th overall pick to the Seattle Seahawks for QB Rick Mirer. Mirer would go on to start, and lose 3 games and throw a whopping ZERO TDs in his only Bears season. It only rubs salt into Bears fans wounds that the 12th and 13th picks of that draft were RB Warrick Dunn and TE Tony Gonzalez who’s likely headed to the Hall of Fame. It’s not as if the Bears needed a TE in ’97 right? Wrong. They traded up 4 spots to 36th overall to grab TE John Allred from USC – who most draft pundits had given a 4th round grade. Your blogger distinctly recalls a reaction of ‘you’re f***ing kidding me?’ when informed of the news via a late night call. Allred came billed as a superb inline blocker, but surfer dude Allred sucked – plain and simple. In four seasons Allred caught 30 balls and 2 TDs with most Bears fans only memory of him coming when he was concussed by a hit from brother-in-law John Lynch. Still his contribution was greater than 3rd rounder Bob Sapp – an All-America guard from Washington. Sapp didn’t even make the regular season roster. Sapp would go on to find fame as a wrester and a K1 fighter in Japan. Fifteen years on and I’m still trying to wrestle with the notion that the Bears advertised a guy’s job and still let him run the Draft.

 

 

go Enis Envy: 1998 saw a new personnel chief paired with Wannstedt – Mark Hatley. The Bears had signed former Packer stalwart RB Edgar Bennett in free agency earlier in the year and had the 5th overall pick in the draft. The consensus 5th best player was Penn State’s bruising RB Curtis Enis who was coveted by a host of teams and with the Bears having more pressing needs they looked set to trade down. Hatley almost pulled off a trade down with the Jaguars for their 9th and 25th overall picks. However, Hatley wanted more players and picks and the Jags backed out of the deal – settling for a RB named Fred Taylor with their 9th overall pick. Hatley stuck at 5 and selected Enis and things were about to get weird.

Almost immediately details of alleged sexual assaults and extra marital shenanigans by Enis emerged. Those charges ‘went away.’ Meanwhile, Enis fired his agent switching to another totally inexperienced agent associated with the group ‘Champions for Christ (CFC).’ A holdout ensued which the Enis camp made some of the most nonsensical proposals in the history of mankind. Enis eventually snubbed the Bears 6 year, $18 million deal and opted for a 3 year, $5.5 million pact figuring that he’d be back at the negotiating table for the truly big bucks much sooner. All that drama and Enis hadn’t even played a down.

Enis’ playing career got off to a bright start with cameo appearances netting 77 and 94 yards in the first 2 games of ’98. He eventually supplanted Bennett by week 10, but in typical Bears fashion injured his knee in his first start against the Rams. Enis bounced back in ’99 regaining the starting spot and rushing for 916 yards, but at a paltry 3.2 yard average. The following year he slimmed down to take the stress of his knees, but he was never the same player as he was in college. By the time his 3 deal expired after the 2000 season he wasn’t negotiating a megabucks deal, he was filing retirement papers with the league at age 24.

As a footnote the Bears and Jaguars, who both had a large number of CFC members on their rosters asked NFL Security to investigate the Christian group. It was feared that the group was using players to gain exposure and raise funds – many of the athletes were paying a percentage of their salary to the group.

As an even sadder footnote the Bears had evaluated Enis alongside Randy Moss, and opted for Enis’ solid character after an Oscar worth ‘yes sir, no ma’am’ performance during his visits. Moss angered the Bears by missing an appointment and never looked back – putting up record breaking numbers for the division rival Minnesota Vikings.

You can read more about Enis’ whacky adventures here http://bit.ly/I25qyR,
opzioni digitali teoria Numbers Twos and Turd Rounders: It wasn’t just in the first round that Wannstedt came up empty. He had a knack for screwing up in the 2nd and 3rd rounds also. Back in my Bearing Up! days I did an article stating that he had ‘Flushed away his number twos’ on the likes of DT Carl Simpson (1993, 36th overall), OL Marcus Spears (’94, 39th) and DT Pat Riley (’95, 52nd). How about 3rd rounders like LB Sean Harris (83rd) and G Evan Pilgrim (87th) in 1995? If you haven’t heard of anyone in this paragraph then there’s a reason – they did nothing in a Bears uniform.

Devin Hester leaping over Todd SauerbranStill it wasn’t all bad news as Wanny took a punter, Todd Sauerbrun, in the 2nd round (56th) in 1995. Sauerbrun didn’t fit in Chicago where his cockiness was reviled. However, Sauerbrun’s attitude would eventually win a game for the Bears when he stubbornly kicked to Devin Hester in 2007 after claiming that he ‘wasn’t worried at all’ about the All-Pro returner. Hester brought a kickoff and a punt return for TDs – hurdling the stricken punter en route to the end zone for the latter.

Always end on a high – Rashaan Salaam did.

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