By collecting the most waivers of any team in 2022, the Chicago Bears appear poised to modernize and do things differently than in the past.
Chicago Bears General manager Ryan Poles has said from day one that his team would be built by the NFL draft and undrafted players. He also said he would review the waiver to see if any talent slipped through.
With the Bears picking seventh in the layoff order, the Poles had a good chance of landing some quality offshoots if he wanted to, and he ever did. six Players have been claimed on waivers, the most of any team in the league, with a notable one being former Raiders first-round pick Alex Leatherwood.
If you take a step back and use common sense, you can see that the bears have been doing something they don’t normally do. They opened more doors unlike their past where they were stubbornly clinging to what they had or overly aggressive and mortgaging the future. They didn’t do either here. They remained patient and used their resources efficiently.
Adding a player like Armon Watts helps adjust the scheme as the Bears will use a 4-3 lineup for their defense. LB Sterling Weatherford has high athletic ability and speed, which can be useful on special teams.
Kinglsey Jonathan is likely to be used as a rotation figure, Josh Blackwell will be used on special teams and Trevon Wesco will help as a blocking tight end. But of course, eyes will be on Leatherwood to see if the bears can unlock his ability, which was impressive when he came from Alabama.
The Chicago Bears appear to have a vision of what their team should look like at all stages, and Waiver Wire’s acquisitions have reinforced that.
Did the Chicago Bears become contenders after that time? Absolutely not. But will they be the worst team in the league like Dianna Russini, Louis Riddick, Dan Orlovsky and others claim? Not even close. They won’t be a good team as they are still in a rebuild but it could be so much worse.
Sure, there’s a high probability they’ll pick high next April, but that would give them another opportunity to attract more influential players. On top of that, they still have plenty of cash to use in free agency next year, but we’ll likely see most of that cap space set aside to ensure their homegrown players are taken care of.
After all, there’s a good chance the Bears will trade again in the draft next year to bring in more players to ensure this roster is as far removed from the Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy era as possible. A few holdovers are retained because they fit the mold, but it’s fair to assume that by next year almost 75% or more will be gone.
It’s a new look for the bears, who seem to know what they want, at least for now. Again, it’s best to tone down expectations of this organization, but it’s nice to see they have a plan as to what exactly Poland and head coach Matt Eberflus want to see on their squad, which wasn’t so clear in previous regimes .
https://fansided.com/2022/08/31/bears-waiver-wire-approach-different/ Bears showed in unexpected ways that they are willing to do things differently