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Josh Elliott
August 28, 2000
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Bears
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August 28, 2000

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Bears

"The offense does a great job 20 to 20, but scoring in the red zone is a big problem. Two reasons: The Bears don't have a big tight end who can do damage in crowds, and they don't have a running back who can make anybody miss. Curtis Enis was drafted by Dave Wannstedt to be a power back, and now they have an offensive coordinator, Gary Crowton, who wants more of a shifty back....

I'll be interested to see how long they go with Cade McNown. Jim Miller is better for that offense. I remember scouting McNown at UCLA, and one of his coaches there told me, 'If you're looking for a quarterback to work in the pocket, don't take Cade. His strength is on the run.' To make McNown stay in the pocket—that's what Crowton wants him to do—is almost playing into his weakness....

They spent a lot of money on Phillip Daniels to rush the passer, and I've always liked him—but as a rank-and-file guy. He doesn't create sacks....

The strength of the team could be the secondary. Tony Parrish is a playmaker, tough and fast. He should I be in the Pro Bowl for years to come."