Too little too late
Too little too late Should the Bears have signed George two months ago? The Bears look desperate signing Jeff George considering he hasn't thrown a pass since 2001, but they made the same move twice in the span of nine months and the first time around is the one that cost them a shot at the postseason. Signing Jeff George with five games left in the season is a sign of how of course the Bears are at quarterback. If the team thought George had mended his ways the same move could have been made the day after Rex Grossman went down. The record could be different with George under center for the bulk of the season rather than the two-headed monster of Jonathan Quinn and Craig Krenzel. There is a bit of an alibi with Krenzel because he was a fifth-round pick who wasn't supposed to play this year. Instead he ended up starting five games. The real mistake came in the evaluation of Quinn. Like George, heading into this season Quinn hadn't thrown a pass in a game since 2001. The difference is George has 124 starts on his resume while Quinn has upped his total to five with two starts this year. The Bears never expected the depth at quarterback to matter this year. The powers that be saw this as a rebuilding year in which Grossman would get comfortable with the offense and gain experience. The defense would learn the nuances of the cover 2. By the end of the year the team would be coming together and with a little tweaking in the off-season the Bears would be ready for a run at the division. However, the defense came together quicker than expected, which made the team competitive in a weak NFC. There are three games that not having an adequate backup quarterback cost the team victories. Losses to Washington (13-10), Tampa Bay (19-7) and Dallas (21-7) could have been avoided with an offense that complimented a defense that has scored five times, has 26 sacks and 23 turnovers. The defense is only going to get better with time and being healthy. Don't forget the team played just two games with Mike Brown, while Charles Tillman and Brian Urlacher have missed large chunks of the season because of injury. Jerry Angelo doesn't need to spend a dime or a draft pick to upgrade the unit, which means all the attention will be focused on the offense. Even if Hutchinson proves he can play and George is considered an option for next season, the team still needs to add another quarterback to the mix. Look for the team to add a receiver early in the draft and one in free agency. Desmond Clark had 44 catches a year ago, but in a supposedly tight end friend scheme has just 12 this year. The lack of production can be blamed on the QB carousel, but it also goes to the fact that Clark is not a downfield threat. Adding a young tight end in the draft to push the veteran would only benefit the team. The offensive line has been hit hard by injuries. Despite giving up 43 sacks through 11 games the unit has the potential to bounce back next year. John Tait and Olin Kreutz are building blocks. Time should help Rex Tucker return to his Pro Bowl alternate form of 2001. Steve Edwards is a valuable swingman that could end up starting if Tucker falters or Ruben Brown is not brought back. Marc Colombo has five games to prove what he can do at left tackle. He could start this week and with the $57 million spent between Kreutz and Tait they need a cheap option left tackle, which is typically the most expensive position on the line.
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