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The Bears Miss Out Once Again

Every team in sports has a veteran fixture in their lineup. For the past 13 seasons, Olin Kreutz was the fixture of the offensive line for the Chicago Bears. It has now been confirmed that Olin will not be returning to the team, due to contract disputes. Being “too cheap” or fighting frivolous deals has been all too common for Jerry Angelo and the Bear’s front office. The Bears not only lose a six-time Pro Bowl center, but a team leader and empowering voice in the locker room. Kreutz was the focal point of the offensive line and without his presence, the offense will not likely function cohesively.

Aside from Kreutz’s raw power and skill, his humor and camaraderie will also be greatly missed. Many players chimed in on his departure. Strong Safety Chris Harris in particular had much to say regarding the ordeal. “In my seven-year NFL career Olin Kreutz is the toughest football player I have ever played with, period.  Sad day in Chicago; he was the glue and locker room.” Tweets similar to Harris’s continue to fly in. To some football fans, locker room chemistry may seem trivial and not necessary for talented teams. However, closely examining past Super Bowl winners, most had an energetic and close knit work place that led to their success. The New England Patriots, winners of three championships in four years, knew a thing or two about team chemistry.

Whether it was Olin Kreutz’s ego or the frugalness of Jerry Angelo, the 2011-12 Chicago Bears will not be a complete team. For Bears fans, it’s not time to worry and lose hope just yet. The team still looks promising, largely due to the brigade of pickups in the fast few days. Kreutz’s replacement may be one the recent acquisitions, Chris Spencer or veteran right guard Roberto Garza. Whoever the Bears decide on, surely will not compare the loud mouth rugged center number 57, Olin Kreutz.

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2 Responses to “The Bears Miss Out Once Again”

  1. AC says:

    It’s funny that you mention the Patriots, because they were referenced on ESPN radio in regards to this decision (by PFT Mike Florio). The point they made was that Belichick was an expert at cutting the popular player the year before they had completely faded, not after, which is what they saw this as. Remember that the offer the Bears gave as an “ultimatum” would’ve been the 3rd highest salary on the team, for a player that is obviously not the 3rd (or 10th) best player on the team. I will miss Kreutz’ intensity and loyalty, but I will not miss the player he has been the last couple of years and the continued stupid penalties he takes. I will choose to remember the Kreutz of 5 years ago, when he was at his best. He will not get a better deal in open FA and may retire, good luck to him in any regard.

  2. Peter Skiadopoulos says:

    I agree that Kreutz came off like a jerk sometimes but his tenacity is unparalleled. I also have a feeling he won’t get picked up and will likely retire. He’s the type of player where for one team, the Bears, he is all the way at the top of the list, but when taken out for another team, he’s mediocre and not as valuable.

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