SportsTalk Live talks Bears' new additions
And push rod and now that come out to a reported 56 million dollar investment. For the Bears in hopes of a solving those two problem areas Bennett. A went into detail about his black unicorn nickname and his serial snacking switch. Bush rod expressed his excitement about. Working with a fiery quarterback got like Jake held their interest in words to use there but at 24 hours later is when this news broke 24 hours or so ago. Your guys' impressions though communique will do a study them perhaps little bit more. Some of the strengths and weaknesses when you figure out what they've done in the past and for the price tag that the -- sign them for -- up it. It seems simple enough neither offensive linemen need offensive line needed tied and went out and got both. Of course an NFL free agency they're always complications why would these guys available -- isn't a salary cap issue was another issue. I mean in a -- should be an improvement at tight end for them they need somebody there on the other hand. He comes from a team that that that it seems every time than they've ever had the Giants they have like a tight ends in the last eight years and every one of them seems to be productive. So you wonder. Now than -- -- guys in your impressions do and I I think and Phil Emery really like forty Suns been at last year with the Giants there was some improvement there he has. Been up and down when he's with the Cowboys. Busch ride here is his production fell off a little bit last year I think this is some of the people watched him said he wasn't quite the same -- that he was before. But the real issue is he instantly makes that line better does that line needs a lot of improvement. And Phil Emery in the last two years. He's he's gone out and gotten the weapons for Jay Cutler he got him a wide receiver Brandon Marshall any addressed to key needs right off the bat so. He's doing everything you can't for Cutler. I was gonna say the same thing with Phil Emery can't argue with his commitment to trying to get things done and make a splash in order to show not only the team Bears fans and he's committed to the process and and I found this thing too because of customers who were talking about what direction they're really go office -- line in the draft for tight end right now I'm really thought of the time you know this is something and address. A linebacker or something along those lines I think this is probably just a peek inside of what will happen when the draft rolls around because they address these issues the free agents. -- is a little bit more flexibility and now you're a little bit more -- you thought it was a slam dunk that they were in the offensive line which you know as they they still might do -- talking about moving jamarcus -- over the right side now. That may be his better position. But releases the lovable more flexibility -- Phil -- talking like he is up against the cap. And who knows what's gonna happen that two run. A couple of well let's face it so some of the public confidence and in these signings is the fact that it's the new GM not the old GM. You know these guys look a lot different if Jerry Angelo parades and out of Jerry Angelo he made a splash couple times of free agency to end Julius Peppers knows exactly so -- -- you know NFL free agency I -- you never know I think you're right it should be an improvement. I've hit them you -- there was nowhere to go but up with an offensive line right. You know -- and a -- about this though I mean in terms of the full body of if you start it. When it comes down in the division you're talking about the Bears and the Packers and the Packers have had the Bears number now. With the improvements that they've made if you if you take a look at the entire scope. Offensive line green Bay's has been bad Darren Rogers and killed back there although he's in the system -- you can -- the -- still be effective. They've never had a running back tight end. It may be comparable now at least now the addition of Bennett and you know it seems like -- -- in their doghouse as well. And when you look at the wide receiver -- -- Green Bay may be a little bit stronger in that area still right now. When you start comparing the offenses how they compare and is the main get. Probably gonna get Greg Jennings back and look like they're gonna lose them now with the market's kind of turning him back to Green Bay so will have Jennings back. They talked to Peyton Hillis Stephen Jackson. They really haven't had a backfield for him the whole time that he's been the quarterback that he's been so if they addressed that need. In the backfield. They do need to improve that offensive line I think they give up 51 sacks last year which is the most that Rogers is ever been sacked. So that offense isn't perfect but you still have a quarterback who is head and shoulders above Jay Cutler everyone outside of both color do you think -- It's comparable Bears vs Packers no actually I I think from -- until perspective the Bears on paper seem like they should be more details of those positions -- remark figure Rodgers just makes those guys better. He makes those wide receivers better. The pedestrian Monday wide receivers get into that system and also unseen -- seems true running back in your right he gets sacked 51 times but somehow they still. Managed to win the number of games they do and turn -- the same kind of offense that they do and I think that goes all the way back to. The quarterback position and on top of that now you got yet Marshall who is that it Lester Ellis on Jeffrey too so the last two seasons there the last year so that dilemma is -- charge. Now we have you know an offensive core and -- mastermind we'll see how much trust compares now compared to eight years ago when he was in the league. We have all these things now around Jay Cutler putting him in position to be successful how much pressure's on him this year. Well I you know that know the pressure's on I mean this is not just the 2013 their season. This is Jay Cutler's final exam. And they've they've left no stone unturned to give him no excuse. Four or whatever happens this season. Now you know you for you improve the offensive line you give -- tight end who who who catches the ball gives you an option option from Brandon Marshall. This season it is the right up to the head coach selection. Is about Jay Cutler finding out who Jay Cutler is and eventually and and and really the season rides on it now personally. I think he's a pretty decent quarterback I think he's he's got the -- a little bit when it comes to staying in the pocket because he's been. We have bounced around so often in the last couple years taken a few hits. But you are generally speaking if he is he's a decent enough quarterback and that if that that defense doesn't get old in the NFL you have a decent quarterback a decent defense you're in the mix. Here's the other thing about -- rod though as much as he is an improvement over over web. Apparently give up a lot of quarterback hurries last year so Jake Kelly is going to be successful. You know one thing that's been his bugaboo is is not being wholly on the ball too long and you know we're Rogers while he's been sacked a lot. Seems to have that not down to a science but the guy that bush tried used to protect Drew Brees. He gets -- out in that offensive system like that so that makes it even puts more pressure on color to change his game and proven that. Areas to right and I think Jim makes a good point there is a lot of talent there I think in this town we've been pretty hard on Jay Cutler. Because he hasn't been the quarterback that we -- thought he was going to be. But he still is tell the quarterback that's the one week's bodies had maybe it is a product of just being hurry so much since he's been here. But that's the real big difference between Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers is Aaron Rodgers can perform under pressure. He can dump the ball off there's a lot more poise they're Jays seems to really get rattled. Under pressure and god knows he's been under a ton of pressure since he's been here that's it's surely time. -- public for the past two or three years they have. Have followed up with a different excuses we need this we need that -- offensive line is -- good enough to make improvements there Reed to tight end they went out and got one of those when you utilize Matt Forte they're trying to do that more so really did show me time for him and I think. When you start to consider what Jim was talking about -- -- -- -- you expect area holds the ball too long does too much and -- that falls on -- trust -- I think that's part of the reason if not the primary reason he was brought in. To fix and iron out any of these fine details that Jay Cutler has to put him in the same levels and their Rodgers.
The SportsTalk Live panel share their thoughts on the Bears introducing Martellus Bennett and Jermon Bushrod to the media Wednesday afternoon - 3/13