All I heard this weekend from critical Bears analysts was how former players were having success with their new teams.
“Brandon Marshall caught 6 passes for 101 yards…”
“Matt Forte rushed 30 times for 100 yards and 3 touchdowns…”
“Martellus Bennett had 5 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown…”
One analyst even went so far as to invoke the name of Greg Olsen, who has now spent more time with the Carolina Panthers than he did with the Bears, and who hasn’t donned a Bears uniform in more than six seasons.
Yeah, that’s a fair analysis.
I know it may be hard to fathom how three players — Marshall, Forte, and Bennett — who, while with the Bears, were Top 10 players at their positions but were let go by the Bears and are having success with their new teams. But the Bears made the correct move with each of them.
Marshall cared more about his off-field media career than he did his performance on it and his once-strong relationship with Jay Cutler was eroding.
Bennett did not have the strongest work ethic in practice and the coaching staff did not like his personality.
And Forte was on the wrong side of 30 and the Bears needed to invest his money in other positions while getting younger at running back.
Could you have squeezed a few more years out of each of those players? Of course. But to what end? The Bears would not have won a Super Bowl and would have been mired in mediocrity.
The time to rebuild was now and the Bears have gone with a youth movement. Give it time, and if the front office makes the right moves, you’ll have a new wide receiver, running back, and tight end to be proud of.