Thursday, May 6, 2010
B & B all over: Bears safety combos
By Kevin Seifert
Faulty assumptions are everywhere, it seems. ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson spots another one in this post, where he questions whether the likeliest combination of starting safeties for the Bears is Chris Harris and rookie Major Wright.
Dickerson suggests it might be a "stretch" to assume Wright will be ready to start immediately. He notes Danieal Manning could take on the role of strong safety with Harris playing as a free safety at the start of the season:
Manning, meanwhile, played well in the box last season against the San Francisco 49ers (eight tackles), and possesses the strength to support against the run and the speed to effectively cover tight ends. It's believed Manning may have put himself in the Bears' doghouse by missing the first few weeks of the voluntary offseason workout program. But [coach Lovie] Smith remains one of Manning's fans, despite some in the organization questioning the defensive back's instincts. The latter concern could keep Manning out of the mix for a move back to free safety.
If it's close, the Bears probably want Wright to start after targeting him in the draft. But first they have to find out if he's ready. That process starts in organized team activities this spring.
Continuing around the NFC North: