A visit with buddy Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk Live! this morning was good for some great football chat and one solid “OMG” moment.
Mike said he’d heard from one source during Super Bowl week that the one team that made sense for a Tim Tebow landing spot was the Chicago Bears. Marc Trestman’s Montreal Alouettes held Tebow’s CFL rights, and I mentioned that Matt Cavanaugh, now Bears quarterback coach, was Tebow’s position coach last year with the New York Jets.
The trouble with “links” between people is that while it means the two sides know each other, that’s not necessarily a good thing. I said to Mike, “this all means that Trestman and Cavanaugh also know what Tebow isn’t.”
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Nothing is impossible, and the Bears don’t have a No. 2 quarterback, or even a No. 3, although I’ve said previously that I would almost expect the Bears to use a middle-round draft pick on a quarterback.
Mike’s “idea:” “What about offering him that one-year, $2 million deal they offered Brian Urlacher and see if Tebow can play middle linebacker? That’d be rubbing some salt in the wound.” (Mike was laughing as he played GM)
The Urlacher situation is still bubbling and Mike raised the question as to why the Bears chose to handle the final rupture as they did, with a press release that Urlacher said was out before the organization said anything to him.
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No real inside information here, and it’s hard to say without knowing what was said in person as well. But somehow the idea of Phil Emery and the Bears saying, “Let’s talk again this weekend” and then putting out an “it’s over” press release, after Trestman even said earlier in the day that Urlacher was someone who could help the Bears win, seems a little out of character. Or maybe something’s missing from the public story. But anyway….
What the Bears do for a middle linebacker is obviously now a major question, both in terms of quantity (they’re down two starters) and quality (can a rookie start at MLB? Urlacher did.) I mentioned to Mike that Bears coaches told me that they had not ruled out the possibility of Shea McClellin being a linebacker in some role configuration. Whether he’s a Rosie Colvin at SLB or a middle linebacker, or a linebacker at all, is what minicamps, OTAs, training cap and preseason will decide.
Right now it is difficult to see the Bears not drafting a linebacker in one of the first two rounds. Then again, it was difficult at the outset of this offseason to see the Bears losing both Urlacher and Nick Roach. Lots on the Bears’ plate still.