Say goodbye to Mark Anderson, hello to Charles Grant

This must be Anderson’s reaction upon hearing his release.

Famous quote by Churchill, Winston – To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change

Holding players accountable.  Especially the defensive line.  I’m shocked, albeit, impressed.

The Chicago Bears let go of another defensive lineman from the 2006 Super Bowl team, dropping Mark Anderson in favor of former Saints and Dolphins defensive end Charles Grant.  Before inking a one-year contract with the Bears, Grant was playing for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL, appearing in two games this season.  He was most notably known for his play with the defending champs, suiting up for New Orleans from 2002-2009.  He was drafted 25th overall in the 2002 draft.

Informing Tommie Harris he is benched is one thing.   Now they are turning loose Mark Anderson.  From Alex Brown (New Orleans) to Adewale Ogunleye (Houston), this team means serious business.  Although, Grant is past his prime, and has some baggage under his belt, both literally and figuratively, I believe he has to have a chip on his shoulder; something Anderson did not have, forgetting how to play with one ever since his rookie campaign.

Personally, I like the decision.  Why not move in another direction if a player is not getting the job done.  Anderson hasn’t performed to expectations after setting the bar high as a newcomer with a mind-blowing franchise record 12 sacks.  Four years ago the former Crimson Tide member set the highest rookie sack total the NFL has seen since 1982.  Charles Grant, another SEC product (Georgia), comes in with a career mark of 47 sacks and 24 forced fumbles.  The standard is high around Halas Hall.  Is this is a sign for things to come?  Zackary Bowman?  Desmond Clark?  Chris Harris?  Offensive linemen?  Beware.

Needless to say, Israel Idonije will pick up the slack for Anderson.  He has proven to be a valuable, versatile participant on the Bears line.  He will likely start opposite side of Julius Peppers.  The move shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the Bears are ranked second to last in the NFL with just four sacks.  This obviously opens up more playing time for Henry Melton, and possibly the first action for rookie Corey Wootton in the regular season.  Change is a must, and the team is starting to figure it out, however, is it too little too late?  Up next: OL movement.

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