Pyle Ponders

Once again the Bears are heading down a dangerous road of turning over the offense to an inexperienced quarterback. Although Kyle Orton gives the team the best chance to win of any quarterback currently on the roster, is that more of a comment on what wasn't accomplished in the off-season?

The Bears had a tough break when Rex Grossman went down. However, the offense fell apart last season when he went down, yet GM Jerry Angelo failed to learn his lesson.

Veteran quarterbacks were paraded through Halas Hall, but ultimately signed elsewhere because the Bears were afraid of competition at the most important position on the team.

While Kurt Warner, Jay Fiedler and Brad Johnson are all past their prime, it would be better to start the season with a veteran than a rookie as your quarterback.

Even though no one expected Chad Hutchinson to lose his starting job in just two preseason games, relying on him as the No. 2 was a mistake. What's there to say about him other than the fact that he has no skills. He had one good game against a bad Minnesota secondary and then did nothing in the final four games of last season.

Have you ever seen worse football than what Hutchinson had to offer during the first half against the Bills? It was so dismal that it seemed to suck the life right out of everybody who was in Soldier Field. Can't the front office of the Bears see the impact that Hutchinson has on the team? This 'experiment' has gone on long enough and it's time to cut ties with him completely.

Now it's Kyle Orton that will lead the offense. Trying to stay positive, he's had the preseason to justify the move. He has a passer rating of 92.1 and is completing 64.3 percent of his passes, while averaging 9.7 yards per attempt.

Orton is the only option that the Bears have right now. You can't expect Jeff Blake to come in and take over. Sure he's had experience but his time has passed. Yes, Kurt Kittner had success in NFL Europe and he's familiar with Ron Turner's coaching style.

Turn Orton over to Wade Wilson and let them work together as much as possible. Let Kyle's development accelerate.

The defense is so good it would a shame if they have to be on the field for the bulk of the game because the offense can't move the chains.

Having Cedric Benson in camp should help the ground game. It will take him a few weeks to get into the swing of things, but Thomas Jones has had a great preseason and should be able to carry the load until Benson is ready to be a factor.

With the duo in the backfield and a rookie quarterback on the field, it's obvious the running game has to be the focus of Turner's offense. He always planed to emphasize the ground game in order to take pressure off Grossman. That philosophy will only be heightened with Orton under center.

Pittsburgh rode a rookie quarterback to a 15-1 regular season mark and an AFC Championship appearance. The same scenario is not likely to repeat in Chicago, but at this point there's no other choice.

Mike Pyle played for the Bears from 1961-69, including a Pro Bowl selection following the '63 season.


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