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The mysterious case of Mark Anderson

Posted on: October 5, 2010 7:36 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s hard to explain the fall of Mark Anderson. It hasn’t been quick, that’s for sure. His fall has actually been more of a tumble.
By now you know that Anderson exploded onto the NFL scene with a 12-sack rookie season. Then, apparently, he resolved to never steal the spotlight like that again. In the four seasons since his NFL debut, he has posted sack totals of 5, 1, 3.5 and 0 (2010). These are sack totals for seasons, not games.

Tuesday, the Bears finally said enough is enM. Anderson (US Presswire)ough. They released the either four-year underachiever or one-year overachiever. Replacing Anderson will be Charles Grant, the ninth-year veteran whom the Saints cut, ironically, after signing ex-Bear Alex Brown this past offseason.

Anderson’s lack of production will forever be a mystery. This wasn’t a Tommie Harris case where injuries tarnished a wealth of athleticism. Anderson has always had startling speed off the edge, and he seems to get faster when in pursuit (he made several splash plays this past Sunday night against the Giants). He has never been an adequate run-defender, though. Ultimately, this was his fatal flaw.

Grant is one of the better base end run anchors in the game. He tailed off somewhat after signing a mega contract in 2007, but he hasn’t exhibited any glaring effort issues.

That said, the Bears don’t necessarily need an elite run-defender on the edge. Including their second half debacle Sunday night, they’re giving up just 77 yards per game on the ground (sixth best in football). Israel Idonije, who wound up beating out Anderson for the starting job, is a big-bodied veteran who has experience playing inside. In other words, if the Bears want an anchor, they can turn to him.
But the Bears don’t need an anchor anyway. Rod Marinelli and Lovie Smith run a Cover 2 scheme that prioritizes penetration from the front four and relies on star linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs to make plays. Skill-wise, Anderson is actually a better fit than Grant in Chicago’s scheme.

This isn’t to say the Bears made the wrong move. The coaches, who know Anderson better than anyone, have tried to upgrade at the end position before (remember the trade for the late Gaines Adams last year?). But since Grant is a questionable fit, don’t be surprised if fourth-round rookie Corey Wooten, a 270-pounder, is the one who ends up getting more playing time.

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Since: Sep 19, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:18 pm
 

The mysterious case of Mark Anderson

We need an Offensive Line more than anything. This is a perfect example on why The Bears need to restructure their entire organization. Obviously, this proves Jerry Angelo does not understand the game of football.



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:13 am
 

The mysterious case of Mark Anderson

Terrible move!  The decline of Mark Anderson started the moment the Bear corners backed off 10 yards.  How many sacks does Julius Peppers have so far?  One.  In order to get sacks you can't leave slant patterns unguarded all game!  Some good team will pick him up and get a steal of a defensive end.

From a business point of view, Israel Idonije statistically is just as good as Anderson.  Henry Melton playing well has made Anderson expendible.

Here's a novel idea fix what needs fixing.  The offensive line has been awful for a long time.  This team has declined to address it in free agency last year, or the draft.  Now they have set the bar for how terrible an NFL line can be by giving up 9 sacks in a half.  The Bears can't run the ball but have 2 decent backs.  They can't seem to pass block either.  Yet they are making moves on the defensive line.  Maybe this frees up cap room to get some help on the oline, my guess is it will be pocketed for the annual McCaskey familly cruise to the Bahamas.

It sure sucks to be a Bear fan when they are the only team that doesn't seem to get it.  The Vikings needed a wide reciever, they went and got a pretty good one.  You might have heard of Randy Moss.  The Bears need a dlineman, they go to the UFL for Grant???  What the heck is the UFL?  At least will make it easy to get rid of Lovie this year.




Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:13 am
 

The mysterious case of Mark Anderson

Terrible move!  The decline of Mark Anderson started the moment the Bear corners backed off 10 yards.  How many sacks does Julius Peppers have so far?  One.  In order to get sacks you can't leave slant patterns unguarded all game!  Some good team will pick him up and get a steal of a defensive end.

From a business point of view, Israel Idonije statistically is just as good as Anderson.  Henry Melton playing well has made Anderson expendible.

Here's a novel idea fix what needs fixing.  The offensive line has been awful for a long time.  This team has declined to address it in free agency last year, or the draft.  Now they have set the bar for how terrible an NFL line can be by giving up 9 sacks in a half.  The Bears can't run the ball but have 2 decent backs.  They can't seem to pass block either.  Yet they are making moves on the defensive line.  Maybe this frees up cap room to get some help on the oline, my guess is it will be pocketed for the annual McCaskey familly cruise to the Bahamas.

It sure sucks to be a Bear fan when they are the only team that doesn't seem to get it.  The Vikings needed a wide reciever, they went and got a pretty good one.  You might have heard of Randy Moss.  The Bears need a dlineman, they go to the UFL for Grant???  What the heck is the UFL?  At least will make it easy to get rid of Lovie this year.




Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:08 am
 

The mysterious case of Mark Anderson

Anderson is Smith's illegitimate lovie child...



Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2010 10:32 am
 

The mysterious case of Mark Anderson

He was never good enough to be washed up.  He was a fifth round pick who had a great first year in a top NFL defense.  His 12 sacks were not to be expected, he had one lucky season. 


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