By Andy Rohr
I guess it's starting early this year. The near-annual ritual of Bears first-round picks turning out to be busts gained some steam on Wednesday when Chris Williams underwent back surgery that threatens to keep him out for the entire season.
What's most puzzling and frustrating about all of this, is news that other teams had Williams sliding down their draft boards because of concerns over his ailing back. Forget about this season, some are wondering if Williams will ever bounce back to have much of a career after the surgery.
Glad Jerry Angelo and the rest of the Bears brain trust looked past that. Now, the Bears are left to ponder bringing back the disaster that was Fred Miller to an already dreadful offensive line.
Was Williams so much better - playing for perennial SEC welcome mat Vanderbilt - than all the other available lineman, that the Bears could look past the injury? And with the line already in shambles after last season, was it a pick that they could afford to gamble on?
The Bears felt as though the o-line needed so much repair that they didn't select another one until late in the seventh round with Kirk Barton. Nice going.
Being negative about the Bears offense right now is inescapable. When a quarterback duo of Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton seems to have more value than the teams receiving corps, you know how bad its gotten.
And who knows what to expect out of running back and second-round pick Matt Forte. Do you think he realizes yet that he's joined the NFL's top-rated 3-and-out offense?
I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention that the Bears could have had former Illini star Rashard Mendenhall in their backfield. Mendenhall already has the Steelers pushing Willie Parker into the background and while he wouldn't have given the Bears the o-lineman they'd wanted, it'd at least have given them a burgeoning star and oh yeah, someone who'll actually be in uniform for the bulk of this season.