The Tribune had a story in the sports section today pointing out a silver lining in the Bears season. It doesn't seem to be online, but it was written by Brad Biggs, and is titled "Receivers give hope for future." Biggs praises (as he should) the game that Devin Aromashodu and Johnny Knox had.
Biggs is right. They had great games and Knox is having a great rookie year. If anyone else was in charge, I would agree with Biggs. But, Lovie Smith is still coaching and if you can name the last player that Smith "developed," I'll buy you a beer. Heck, it's not just Lovie, it's the whole organization.
Rex Grossman didn't accomplish much here, but mostly I'll remember him for coming in with talent and never producing anything. Kyle Orton, never got better here. He did win some games, but less than one year with Denver and he is twice the QB he was. Devin Hester, return man of the century. So what'd they do, turned him in a sucky WR. Matt Forte had a great rookie season last year at RB. Have you seen him this year do anything?
So Johnny Knox will have a great year and next year, thanks to the Bears coaching, he'll falter. Devin Aromashodu? If they couldn't tell you were talented, despite Jay Cutler's constant mentioning it to the staff, you aren't going anywhere but down.
Unsolicited advice to Knox and Aromashodu: first chance you get, leave town. It's your best chance to develop and win.