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Olsen Out, Williams In.

I'm still a little shocked with the Greg Olsen trade to the Carolina Panthers. The only explanation for this trade that I can think of is that Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz is determined to go back to how he ran his offense with the St. Louis Rams, which is not using the tight end in the passing game. If that is the case, then the Bears are going about this the right way. In addition to trading Olsen, Chicago did release tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, who failed a physical, but did sign Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent tight end Matt Spaeth. Spaeth will be looked upon to be the blocking tight end that Manumaleuna was last season.

Although the Bears will be losing a big target in the passing game, it looks as if they will compensate for that loss by adding recently released Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams. The 6' 3", 215-pound Williams isn't a stranger to the Bears' offense. The former Texas Longhorn played under Martz while both were with the Detroit Lions, and had his best season in the 2006 season with 82 receptions for 1,310 yards, seven touchdowns, and a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Slowly, but surely the Chicago Bears are getting their pieces in place to defend their NFC North title and make a run for the Super Bowl. The biggest piece of the puzzle, at least in my opinion, still remains a mystery. Is Olin Kruetz going to re-sign with Chicago? I'm happy that the Bears are adding weapons to their passing arsenal, but what good would those weapons be if Kruetz isn't there to anchor that o-line? There would be no need to get Williams if Kruetz isn't there to solidify that line and keep Jay Cutler from getting killed...again. Without that line, Cutler won't even have a chance to get the ball to Williams, or any of the Bears receivers.


Clyde A. Speller


  1. I like the latest moves, Roy is a great guy to get back in the North. Also I just saw they signed Carimi and I look forward to him helping to keep Cutler clean.

  2. I'm bothered by this exchange, the Packers were only threatened up the middle by Olson, they will have no problem defending us with their corners now... Big step back, in my opinion.

  3. Didn't Martz say if you can't fit a good player into a system then something's wrong with the system? Williams has talent, but he's a head case--plus he's averaged more drops than anyone in football over the past two years. On top of that, Cutler can't throw from his back--sign Kreutz and at least another guard!