Long day (catching up) so just a few random thoughts/comments/introspections
In regards to the Mythbusting piece -- I said the Lions were changing -- good or bad is yet to be seen, and the overall tone of the piece was meant to inspire a look for a different angle. We often are trapped in our own straight line logical thinking path, that we find it hard to veer off and try to approach an issue, or an event form an angle different than that which comes to us first. In that piece, I overlaid a sense of the incomplete -- and in the laboring. Matt Millen is still GM, so although the Coach, and attitudes, and approach are being altered -- in the end, Matt Millen and WCF are still the power behind the throne -- the final decision makers. The ending I put forth was one of anticipation -- your own character will determine whether it is anticipation of dread, or success, or of sheer surprise. I, personally, am up for sheer surprise this year. I do not know what the team will do -- and neither, I suspect, do they in a very real sense. There is potential for both the astounding, and the mundane; the pinnacle and the gutter. All I know is that the chances of either end of the spectrum (1st pick in the draft, SB Winner) are quite remote -- and that the Lions are going to fall somewhere in-between. Where is anybodies guess, including my own. But I am just going to sit back once the season starts, and enjoy the ride for what it is -- after all, what is a destination but the end of a journey?
As for Mr. Jones signing with the Bears. BigKahuna (aka my boss) was not too thrilled with it, but the Bears really needed a veteran back with potential for a host of reasons that make it a logical landing place for a host of reasons.
1. Cedric Benson was an even bigger bust, and his release meant that Forte, a 2nd round draft pick rookie is the de-facto starter.
2. Forte's backups are the "other" Adrian Peterson (who really is nothing more than a 3rd down back) and Garret Wolfe, who is about on par with Calhoun for what he's shown so far -- minus the injuries even.
3. They needed a value pick veteran due to how late in the ifseason they ditched Benson. They are run heavy, and HAD to have another back that could at least rotate in, and at least start for a few games if Forte struggles or is hurt.
4. KJ signed there because his time in the division he is familiar with their style of play, revenge factor, and they were willing, I would bet, to give him two things essential to his situation:
A. Playing Time
B. Some incentives in his contract over veteran minimum that he has a chance to earn
I stand by my earlier assessments of Kevin Jones in the these Two Pieces I wrote earlier on this Blog. Kevin Jones is a $1 Ninja, and the Bears have signed him to an appropriate contract befitting that status. Had the Lions kept him, he would have continued to fall into the $30 used Buzz category -- too much risk for the return. (and he doesn't even look exciting coming out of the box anymore)
On Brett Favre, I was not meaning disrespect to him by posting that story -- but statistically and physically he is an average QB. It was his "intangibles" that were both his greatness and his weakness. In that way, he and Kitna are very much alike. I'm not saying Kitna is a HOF QB... but his intangibles -- toughness, leadership -- do add to the entire team's success more than some additional athletic ability ever could. Plenty of athletes have bombed at the QB position, as have personalities. Success at QB in the NFL is the perfect blend of situation, style, ability, and personality -- which is why it is so rare when the truly great ones do come along and the stars align. The Lions are not that team for Kitna -- I doubt he will take them to a Superbowl because even if they do show this year that the jump from 3 wins to 7 was improvement and not a fluke -- he will not be around by the time they are built for a Superbowl run -- that distinction will likely fall on the next Lions QB. That being said, I do think that he will take them to the playoffs -- and in 09 may even win a playoff game for them.
Buy a lot of those are IF's.
BTW -- Absolutely ALL comments indicating KJ is going to come and "Pinner" the Lions WILL BE DELETED. To say he will run for 200 yards against the Lions just because he is an ex-player is something even the hardest-core Bears fans don't see happening. I'm sure you can think of the rest of my objections to that kind of crap without me even bothering to go into detail that is unwarranted here. If he does great elsewhere, I'm fine with that. But his running for a lot of yards would be more about mistakes the Lions have made in their DEFENSIVE decisions than those regarding players on the offense -- including cutting Jones.