Okay besides the lame attempt to sound French-Canadian I seriously believe this signing could ultimately cure a good majority of our problems with the offense without having to pick and choose between improving the WRs or the O-Line.
Long story short Andy Fantuz was a WR for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League that led the CFL in recieving yards and TDs, considered to be the big superstar of the entire country. Now, many have their doubts, saying "Oh, thats just the CFL, big deal" but we have been wrong about players coming from Canada with Cameron Wake being the most recent example, and an ultimate example is Warren Moon. Superstars dont have to play for big colleges (Jerry Rice) or be an all-pro the moment they step foot into the league (Kurt Warner-who was on Green Bays practice squad before being axed and being shipped to the Arena Football League). All you have to have are good fundamentals and a passion for the game. He has them and so much more.
First, he has incredible size at 6-4 220 pounds, yet he clocked faster than Larry Fitzgerald (someone who we all would want to see play for the Bears , but probably wont see that happen). He gets seperation rather easily and runs good routes, all this while playing in a system from what I hear is not too far away from what Mike Martz runs. His most valuable asset, his hands.
I again appologize for not being able to link any good videos on him, so feel free to post them in here or better yet if so anxious look him up on youtube. ESPN had highlights from the last Grey Cup (their version of the Super Bowl) with Boomer showing them off of coarse, and Andy Fantuz made some absolutely rediculous catches. He is not only big but he plays even bigger, using every inch he has to fight for the ball. Hes not afraid of hurting the poor guy neither. He blocks well and is disciplined, not being the one responsible for too many penalties (okay Im not an expert on Canadian Football so please correct me if I'm wrong) and he has a heart of a champion. Plus, financially speaking he could become a real steal if he turns out like we hope.
What this signing also allows is for far more resources becoming avaliable to signing a few big named O-Lineman and perhaps a big time player that Jerry Angelo could be secretly plotting to sign (Nnamdi Asomugha anyone?) Anyways the money that is left over should and is probably being saved to repair the O-Line similar to what Jerry did before the Super Bowl a few years back (Signing Tait and Brown to big contracts to repair THAT O-Line) Now there are always concerns when essentially a 27 year old rookie comes to play for an NFL team.
One, can he adjust to the NFL? In the CFL there are only up to 3 downs compared to 4, so conditioning will be the key. Two, in being away from American Football for so long, does he still remember ALL the rules? Again the CFL and NFL are two compleatly different leagues with totally different talent levels. So can he physically match up and beat defenders on a consistant level in the NFL? I believe he can, but we will see. And three, there is always a hit or miss whenever a rookie comes to play. It, to me, doesnt matter that much that he comes from the CFL, you can have a total bust from a big named division one college (David Tyrell!!!) as well as from the CFL or any other football league.
So, to summarize I have alot of confidence that this could be a move that ultimately becomes a grand slam, as not too many resources are tied up with him, allowing the organization to let the money flow and repair any holes remaining on this team so that we could win the Super Bowl, and throw a little bit of payback at Green Bay. So, what do you guys think? Can he become a solid player for us? Oh, and can OSS please make a nice photoshop of him in a Bears Jersey? Thank you :)