Gregg Rosenthal over at NFL.com has taken an interesting look at which teams have had the most roster turnover over the past two years. It’s a subject that Bears coach Marc Trestman alluded to back at the NFL Scouting Combine in February as far as new faces on offense.
But it runs deeper than just offense. Only four teams (Indianapolis, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Tampa Bay) have fewer than the Bears’ 10 players remaining from the 2011 roster, according to Gregg’s research.
Several implications here:
* General manager Phil Emery has more than established his comfort level with change, starting with changing head coaches (Lovie Smith to Trestman) and extending through a reconstituted offense last year and a defense this offseason.
“It’s part of the process of getting better,” Emery said at the Combine. “I think we have a history of we’re not afraid to take calculated risk and we’ll continue to do that. We’ll continue to find players that have upside skills, that have good ceilings in terms of athletically, speed and size. And we’ll piece it together.”
* Not surprisingly, many of the teams down the list are playoff teams, the ones with less turnover, obviously because their roster talent was better. Among the “stable eight,” the ones with the most players still left from 2011’s rosters: San Diego, New England, Cincinnati, Seattle, San Francisco and Green Bay.
* Of the top 10 teams as far as turnover, only Tampa Bay and New Orleans are on the Bears’ 2014 schedule. That’s actually unfortunate; you would prefer teams in flux or a rebuilding mode.