Meaningful Outing

While fans can hope for a turnaround this season, chances are the most important thing that will come out of another losing campaign is a true evaluation of team's talent level.

The Bears are starting three rookies on defense against New Orleans, Joe Odom and Lance Briggs at linebacker with Charles Tillman at cornerback. There is also a chance that several other first year players will get an opportunity to get on the field.

At 1-3, the Bears have several winnable games ahead of them, while that sounds good in theory the result could be fools gold.

Aside from Seattle, who is 3-1, the Bears face 1-4 New Orleans, 1-4 Detroit twice and a winless Chargers team over the next month. With a little luck the Bears could come out of that stretch 3-2 which would put them at 4-5 just past the halfway point of the season.

That type of recent success could force a desperate coaching staff to turn back to veterans instead of young players that need to be developed in a rebuilding year.

Warrick Holdman will deservedly get his starting job back when he returns from an ankle and knee injury, but what about Keith Traylor?

The 12-year veteran is on the last year of a three-year deal and won't be re-signed. Alfonso Boone is coming off his best game as a Bear not to mention rookies Ian Scott and Tron LaFavor getting more time in the tackle rotation.

It's going to be a difficult balance for a coaching staff that is trying to retain their jobs, while developing young talent for the future. The best case scenario would have wins pile up as the rookies are on the field, but if victories mount the coaching staff may think it's time to play the veterans for the unlikely scenario of a stretch run at the postseason.

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