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Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

ANGELO TALKS BENSON

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This is the type of thing that comes out when you are 3-5 and players are not performing up to expectations. GMs make silly statements. Like Jerry Angelo’s on Cedric Benson:

“Cedric is performing to the best of his abilities,” Angelo said, raising his tone a few levels. “He’s giving us top effort. That’s all I could ask of any player.”

Top effort is all you ask for from an 8-year old playing Pop Warner football. Top effort from a professional isn’t requested, it’s demanded. And so is performing at a high level. Shouldn’t the GM reiterate that?

And if Cedric Benson’s inability to catch simple passes in the flat, make people miss and overall lack of production is “the best of his abilities”, then Angelo and Lovie Smith ought to start Adrian Peterson at RB. Offensive line woes aside, you have to think Peterson could gain 3.1 yards or more per carry, and he is certainly the better receiver.

But maybe Angelo takes into account the seemingly fragile ego of his starting running back. Perhaps if he told it like it is Benson would skulk even more, if that is a possibility.

  • http://www.windycitysportsblog.com WindyCitySportsBlog.com

    Top effort is all you ask for from an 8-year old playing Pop Warner football. Top effort from a professional isn’t requested, it’s demanded. And so is performing at a high level.

    Exactly. This guy just seems lazy and even drops passes when they show him in practice on the local news. If the Bears were able to make a change at quarterback, they should do the same at the running back position. I thought by benching him at certain points in a game he would have gotten the idea, however, it hasn’t worked. I’ve always been interested to see what Peterson would do with 20-25 carries per game. Besides the fumble against San Diego, he’s done a good job when called upon. I say give him a shot and put all ego’s aside.

  • dhaab

    Did you ever think that possibly this is Benson’s highest level of effort? Maybe he just isn’t all that talented.

    The few people I’ve talked to in the Chicago media seem to think he never really loved playing football and he’s doing this basically for the money. Sure looks that way on the field.

    BTW, Windy, I checked out your blog and you write some solid stuff.

  • http://www.windycitysportsblog.com WindyCitySportsBlog.com

    dhaab, I’m really starting to wonder if he isn’t that talented. One run he’ll put his head into someone’s chest, the next run he folds up and gets buried. A #4 pick in the first round should be able to work around the limitations on offense and be a play-maker, not another reason why the offense is so bad. This is another guy that could be a serious head case. If everything goes bust, he might join the same cult that Curtis Enis did.

  • PB

    Benson is a drama queen. FIRE MILLEN MANG!

  • http://lastrow.wordpress.com/ Laz

    As a UT alum it pains me to say it but up to this point Benson has been a bust. What is it about dread-sporting running backs from UT?

    When fellow Longhorn DT Shaun Rogers looks better running the ball than you do, it doesn’t bode well.

    Why did the Bears keep Benson instead of Thomas Jones?

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