ANGELO WANTS LONG RUNS
I just finished listening to Jerry Angelo’s presser, at least part of it. When the subject came to running backs, Angelo said that a featured back should get you “2 or 3 runs over 20 yards each game”. I have to assume Jerry has been watching a lot of Bowl games. Because in 2006 Frank Gore led the NFL with 16 rushes of 20 or more yards. This year LT led the NFL with 13. Cedric Benson had 3 in 196 carries.
Lest you think that Angelo was indicting Benson, he mentioned that he thought that Benson had “turned the corner” before getting injured. I found that laughable. While Benson looked better in his last few games, to say he “turned the corner” is ridiculous. The only corner he turned is the one heading down Bust Lane. Especially when you consider the obstinate Benson recently said he will do nothing different in the offseason.
Benson is both a poor receiver and blocker, lacks speed, lacks passion and isn’t the power back he was at Texas. I was relieved when Angelo said he would be open to drafting a back or signing one in free agency. There will be plenty of backs available for the Bears in this draft.