Chicago Bears 2008 Team Captains Set For Week 1 @ Indy:
Offense: 1. QB Kyle Orton 2. Center Olin Kreutz
Defense: 1. LB Brian Urlacher 2. Safety Mike Brown
Special Teams: Long Snapper Patrick Mannelly
Other News: The Windy City Flyer and Brandon Lloyd have been named starting wide receivers.
Quick Analysis: I rather have Tommie Harris or Charles Tillman going out for the coin toss over Mike Brown or even Brian Urlacher. New, fresh, young faces – plus Harris/Tillman are as consistent as you can get, they don’t miss many games. Brown is the proclaimed “Heart and Soul” of the Defense and Urlacher is the “Face of Chicago” but Harris is the team’s best defensive player and he is a tough customer who played through a numerous amount of injuries throughout the ’07 campaign. I still like having Brown/Urlacher out there – don’t get me wrong. I just would want different players like a Harris or Tillman, how about Mr. Briggs? Either way, the team captains mainly just go out for the coin toss – and that’s it, that’s all that’s asked of ’em (no big deal). Anyone and everyone can step up and be a leader or a captain vocally, and I’m sure that’s what Tommie and Charles are going to do.
How about Matt Forte as a rookie over Orton? He is like a veteran and seems to lead by example with his work ethic and character. Speaking of Orton, I like that selection – gutsy! Not that it really even matters, for the most part it goes to the veterans like Kreutz and Mannelly. It will be interesting to see if this pumps up Orton and boost his confidence. I wonder when Hester will get the nod over Mannelly?
As for the announcement of the starting wideouts – fine with me. Lloyd earned it and is a deep threat who has shown a willingness to improve and put the past behind. Has displayed tremendous hands and can make the tough catch – but how about the routine receptions? Now on to Hester, has he earned it? He’s the starter because of his big contract, let’s face it – Rashied Davis has clearly outplayed him and every other receiver on the 53-man roster. I would like to see Hester or Davis in the slot on every play. Who knows, maybe Mark Bradley and Marty Booker will be the starting pair Week 2 or Brandon Rideau gets elevated from the practice squad to being named a starter? It’s all up for grabs and the OL/QB play will determine the WR’s production. All the pass catchers have to do is make plays, block, and get separation for the defensive backs. Easier said that done, but right now it’s true that both Lloyd and Hester surely fit the description.
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