Many questioned the wisdom of the Oakland Raiders when they chose to stick with Brandon Myers at tight end. Then he answered those questions. Can the Chicago Bears take advantage of it?
Marc Trestman knows Jay Cutler needs tight end and protection
Phil Emery solved the first piece of the offensive puzzle when he added two promising wide receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery to the Bears roster. The next step though took the biggest decision of his time as general manager when he fired Lovie Smith in favor of Marc Trestman. The 57-year-old coach brings a wealth of offensive knowledge with him from his time as an assistant under Bill Walsh to five successful years as a head coach in Canada. Chicago fans expect him to figure out what to do with quarterback Jay Cutler. Bad mechanics and uneven emotions aside, the Bears passer has suffered through some bad offenses in his four seasons there. Trestman didn’t go into detail about what plans he had, but did hint everything needed to start with protection. One only need look at his history in Canada for an idea. In 2007, the Montreal Alouettes gave up over 60 sacks in a season. The next year when Trestman took over they gave up 22. The Bears seem locked on a track to improve their offensive line, but Emery also hinted they could go after a tight end too. It’s just a question of whether they’ll do it in free agency or the draft.
Carson Palmer could lose Myers at pivotal point of Raiders career
Chicago doesn’t have to panic about their options. Both off-season areas offer some high level talent. In terms of longterm planning however, their best bet for a tight end may lay on the free agent market. Underachieving names like Fred Davis, Jared Cook, and Dustin Keller could become available. One player people haven’t talked about so far is fresh in the minds of Oakland Raiders fans. Nobody thought Brandon Myers was worth mentioning when the 2012 season started. After 79 catches and 806 yards the Silver and Black faithful continually crash blogs and news columns to beg the Raiders to lock him up for the future. Myers becomes a free agent in March and perhaps a critical piece to the offense and quarterback Carson Palmer, who put up his first 4,000-yard season since 2007. It’s still unclear what vision new GM Reggie McKenzie has for the team, but keeping Myers is at least one sound business decision he hasn’t made. Chicago would love a chance to add him to their roster for Coach Trestman.
Jay Cutler played some of his best football when he had a good tight end on the roster. The Chicago Bears know this and hope new head coach Marc Trestman points them in that direction. Brandon Myers didn’t win any awards for flash with the Oakland Raiders, but the numbers don’t lie.
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