Every football fan would like to think that they know everything there is to know about their team. You, me, your uncle Jimmy, everyone. We all go on and on about how the dimwits in the front office have no idea how to evaluate talent and how if we had some say-so in regards to our favorite team, we would show them how it's done. While this has been happening since long before I was born and will likely continue long after I die, the truth remains that we don't know quite as much as we might hope. Follow me past the jump and we shall discuss this a bit more.
We all have our opinions, and they are all equally valid as such. Let's be honest, you wouldn't be reading this right now if you didn't have some opinion about our beloved Bears and how the team is and should be run. We make our arguments and cite our sources in the hopes that we might sway just one of the opposing voices. I'd like to discuss for a moment the decision that Mr. Emery and the rest of the Bears brass made in the first round of the draft. As you all surely know, they went with a defensive end named Shea McClellin. When the pick was announced, I'm sure some Bears fans (including myself) were frustrated, confused, and probably said something to the effect of "Who the hell is that?" or "You have got to be kidding me!!" while pacing their living room not quite knowing what to do with themselves. I will admit that in the picks leading up to number 19, I was praying that David DeCastro would slide. Slide he did, right past the Bears and all the way to pick 24, where the Steelers were surely wetting themselves in excitement. My wife will tell you that I was inconsolable for a good two hours after that. I was frantically trying to find out as much as I could about this Shea McClellin while simultaneously grieving over what could have been.
Since that day, it has been somewhat of a roller coaster. One day, his highlight tape looks good, the next he is undersized and will never make it in the NFL. He struggles on Monday and Wednesday he's making huge strides. This has led to some declaring him a bust while others staying the course and having a bit of faith in the process. I have been skeptical from the beginning, but today I saw something that put it into a bit of perspective. According to an article on nfl.com, the Steelers have given the starting RG job to one David DeCastro. Reading this headline, I immediately thought of the mistake that the Bears have surely made in passing on the best guard of all time!! How could they be so inept as to not take a sure day 1 starter? Then I read the article a bit more. As it turns out, Mr. DeCastro has not been without his share of struggles. He is even singled out in the article as having a particularly rough start to training camp.
This has led me to think that maybe I don't know everything. Maybe, just maybe, those folks at Halas Hall are there for a reason. I'm sure we will all continue to take up our positions as backseat GMs, but let us all take into account that these people are getting paid a fine penny to make the decisions for our beloved team, and they could possibly know just a little bit more than we do. I hope you enjoyed my mini-rant. Please comment below and, as always, BEAR DOWN!