Need For Speed

During last year's off-season head coach Dick Jauron made it quite clear that the Bears needed to improve their overall team speed. With some key free agent acquisitions the Bears went from 5-11 to 13-3 en route to the NFC Central title. The team appeared much quicker always being around the ball and making big plays, but just who is the fastest of them all?

According to couchscout.com which recorded every players 40-yard dash time, the fastest Bears were cornerback R.W McQuarters and wide receiver Marcus Robinson each with 4.35 speed. Not far behind were wide receiver Dez White (4.38), undrafted free agent running back Eric McCoo (4.38) and cornerback Tony Lukins (4.39).

Some other notables included Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher (4.62), defensive end Phillip Daniels (4.72) and starting quarterback Jim Miller (4.85).

Not surprisingly the slowest player was 330 pound plus defensive lineman Ted Washington with a time of 5.45, while his partner on the defensive front Keith Traylor, showed why he used to a linebacker with a time of 4.89.

Rumor Mill: Two weeks before players report to Bourbonnais for training camp the Bears are still on the lookout for veteran help along the interior of the defensive line according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

One veteran available is Christian Peter, who played for Indianapolis last season after four seasons with the New York Giants. Peter was waived by the Colts to save $1.4 million vs. the salary cap. The Giants have shown considerable interest in Peter since March, but the Bears may have a chance to move in.


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