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Aromashodu

I've been wondering about him all season, and this article talks a little bit about his future, or lack thereof, with the Bears: http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/01/aromashodu-odd-man-out-in-martzs-offense.html

All season long I've thought that he should see more of the field, not just because he has produced when given the chance, but because he seems particularly well suited as a receiver for Jay Cutler. Cutler has a big arm and a penchant for throwing into tight windows and letting his receivers get up there and make a play. With fast little guys like knox and hester that's not really an option. As as been noted on this blog and elsewhere, knox is personally responsible for a number of Cutler INTs, and many more incompletions are the result of small receivers who can't fight to make a grab.

Now, I don't know if Aromashodu is the guy to fill that roll, but he certainly never got the chance. In part because he's not Martz's type of receiver (and Martz is stubborn enough that until his QB gets pounded to a bloody pulp, he's not going to change his approach) but I'm also beginning to think that Martz is just a really bad evaluator of talent. This has been a weakness of Lovie Smith teams throughout his tenure, but in particular now, after the championship game demonstrated how idiotic it was to have Collins as the backup, I'm thinking that some of that is on Martz too. Lovie's quick pull of Collins makes me think he was never sold on Collins and had him there as a concession to Martz, figuring it was just a backup position. (Admittedly, this is total speculation).

Regardless of whether Aromashodu end up sticking with the Bears, I think the Bears are going to need to get a big physical receiver like him if they want to put Cutler in a position to succeed. Play to the strengths of your personnel - not to an idealized scheme or philosophy.

 


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