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ENEMY LINES
Kostya Kennedy
September 03, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Bears
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September 03, 2001

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Bears

The Bears' quarterback situation has buried them in the past....

Cade McNown failed because [former offensive coordinator Gary] Crowton's offense placed too much emphasis on the quarterback's making quick reads and reacting. Shane Matthews is a smart player but not the guy who'll take that team anywhere. He'll just get hurt like he always does....

[New offensive coordinator] John Shoop is bright. His game plans, after taking over from Crowton at the end of last year, were sound. He'll need his receivers to step up, but Marcus Robinson has struggled with his back for a couple of years now, [rookie] David Terrell is still an unknown after injuring his shoulder early in camp, and neither Bobby Engram or Marty Booker is a big-play guy....

Skip Hicks [a free agent from the Redskins] is likely to beat out James Allen at running back. Allen lacks speed and he's hurt....

The defense should be all right. Look for Ted Washington to occupy blockers in the middle. Brian Urlacher is still learning, but with a year under his belt, his instincts will be that much better....

Mike Brown is a big-time talent—a Pro Bowl player in a year or two. He's smart, he makes all the calls in the secondary, and he's tough....

This team is at least a couple of years away from doing anything decent. Whether it's the coaching or the drafts, it seems the Bears are still trying to find their way. I don't see how they won't finish last in that division.

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