Scouting Report: Chicago Bears

In-depth scouting report on the Chicago Bears: Playmakers at key positions. Obviously the new "monster of the midway" Brian Urlacher is dominant, both in pursuing the play and taking it head on. Safety Mike Brown is also a big time play maker from his safety spot. He does a great job of diagnosing a play, and reacting to it.

OFFENSE

STARTERS
QB- Chris Chandler
RB- Anthony Thomas
FB- Stanley Pritchett
LWR- Dez White
RWR- Marty Booker
3WR- David Terrell
TE- Desmond Clark
LT- Mike Gandy
LG- Steve Edwards
C- Olin Kreutz
RG- Chris Villarrial
RT- Aaron Gibson
LDE- Phillip Daniels
RDE- Alex Brown
LDT- Alfonso Boone
RDT- Bryan Robinson
WLB- Warrick Holdman
MLB- Brian Urlacher
SLB- Lance Briggs
LCB- R.W McQuarters
SS- Mike Green
FS- Mike Brown
RCB- Jerry Azumah
NCB- Charles Tillman
P- Brad Maynard
K- Paul Edinger
KR- Jerry Azumah
PR- R.W McQuarters
LS- Patrick Mannelly

Strength

Chris Chandler is an effective quarterback when given time. Chandler is a great competitor, and has plenty of experience. He still has the accuracy, and although he isn't a great athlete, Chandler is comfortable in the pocket and can make small adjustments to avoid pass rushers well. Marty Booker is one of the best receivers in the game. He may very well be the most reliable. He still is a great, productive player despite the fact that he’s never had a great quarterback throwing to him. Dez White and David Terrell are very identical. Both have size, speed and soft hands. They are potential game breakers because of their deep speed and jumping ability. Both are threats after the catch. Running back Anthony Thomas provides a solid, consistent running attack. Thomas is a north-to-south runner that will attempt to earn every yard. Stanley Pritchett is one of the better receiving fullbacks in the league. Center Olin Kreutz is a dominant inside force, and is the top player at his position. Justin Gage is a solid possession type receiver.

Weakness

Chandler, although he is an experienced player...he may be too experienced. At the ripe age of 38, Chandler has lost a step in his game. His arm strength isn't there, he's never been very mobile, and is an easy sack if pressured. The Offensive line is a rag tag bunch. Ex-Lions', ex-400 pounder Aaron Gibson has only been decent as a tackle, and is just a stop gap because of injuries to Marc Columbo and Rex Tucker. Guard Steve Edwards has a big fundamentals problem, he is off base in pass protection, and fails to use his hands/body effectively when run blocking.

DEFENSE

Strength

Playmakers at key positions. Obviously the new "monster of the midway" Brian Urlacher is dominant, both in pursuing the play and taking it head on. Safety Mike Brown is also a big time play maker from his safety spot. He does a great job of diagnosing a play, and reacting to it. Rarely makes a mistake or misses a tackle. Phillip Daniels isn't a great pass rusher, but is a solid, hustling end who is a solid starter on the left side. Right end, Alex Brown is very quick, and athletic. Brown is a force as a pass rusher, and has made strides to improve against the run. Will linebacker Warrick Holdman is a great player in space, and is reliable in coverage. Briggs played mike linebacker in college, but has the physical skills to maintain on the outside. Corner R.W McQuarters is a solid corner, who establishes position well, and is very tough in man coverage.

Weakness

For as many standout players this defense has, it holds its share of flops too. Gone are Ted Washington (Patriots) and Keith Traylor (injured), who were the two bulls in the middle that kept bodies off the linebackers. Now its washed up Bryan Robinson and ineffective Alfonso Boone. Robinson, who made the move to tackle from end, hasn't played well there so far. He isn't the big body Urlacher needs to roam freely. Warrick Holdman is a space player, but is at a big disadvantage when he is forced to stack and shed. Safety Mike Green doesn't have the ideal range or speed. He also is too overaggressive, and isn't good at reading a play.

SPECIAL TEAMS

A strong point for this team. Paul Edinger is one of the best kickers in the league, and is at his best under pressure. Brad Maynard is a solid punter, averaging 41.5 yards per punt. Patrick Mannelly is one of the best long snappers in the game. Azumah has been a big play threat as a returner. The coverage units on punts and kickoffs are solid.


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