Schuster: Bulls Provide Perfect Model For Stumbling Bears

By David Schuster-

(CBS) It seems that the Bears and the Bulls have been trying to follow the same floor plan the last few years as far as building their teams. Both have been trying to build around a franchise player while also getting men of character. One has obviously succeeded while the other has seemingly flopped.

Derrick Rose and Jay Cutler are the central characters for their respective teams. Rose pretty much fell into the Bulls laps when they won the draft lottery a few years back. Everyone from this area knew of his talents and it was a no brainer decision to select him over Michael Beasley. Rose is almost too good to be true with both his talents and his humble persona. He has garnered numerous awards and accolades already and just yesterday was signed to a new five-year contract.

Even though Rose was a gift with the Bulls winning the lottery, the franchise has done a very good job building around him. The team needed a power forward and signed Carlos Boozer. This off-season they needed a shooting guard and signed Richard Hamilton. They also needed a coach who would get them to championship level and Tom Thibodeau appears to be that man. And they have built depth on the roster protecting them from injuries and that bench will win them numerous games this season.

The Bulls have also preached having players of high caliber who stay away from trouble. Mission accomplished on that account too. There have been a few small incidents with Rose and others but for the most part these guys truly have been upstanding citizens.

And then there is the flip side, the  Bears. They also have a franchise player in Jay Cutler but have done a poor job in building around him. A quarterback can’t do it all and Cutler has not been provided with the necessary help. The offensive line has been in constant flux and his receiving corp has not been of the level it should be. And whereas the Bulls have protected themselves from injuries with their depth, just the opposite is true with the Bears. Last season the Bears were lucky and avoided injuries but this season they have been nailed hard and have had few players step up. The worst example has been at quarterback. Once Cutler went down the season was pretty much over.

As for the character issue, the Bears mean well with their selections but obviously in many situations it just hasn’t worked out. Sam Hurd is the latest and best example of having a guy on the roster whose character is the lowest of the low. That is unless having an alleged drug dealer who aspired to be the No.1 dealer in Chicago is considered to be a good thing.

Sometimes luck plays a part in having success but mostly it’s having good and capable people make sound decisions. The track record speaks for itself. The Bulls have done a very good job over the last few years. The Bears, on the other hand, surely have not.

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  • south Loop Dave

    While I agree that the Bears have done a very poor of job of the things you mention, I don’t quite think they are polar opposites. If Rose goes down with an injury, sure, the Bulls would likely make the playoffs (and lose 4-2 in first round), but that’s the NBA where over half the teams make it to the postseason. Last year both teams made it their respective conference championship game/series, so just one year removed isn’t enough evidence to make such a contrasting picture of both franchises. Don’t forget the Bears also lost Forte, so that would be like the Bulls losing Rose and Deng. Then what do you have left? Yes, the Bulls’ have made some right moves, but only because of the lottery draw.

  • xab

    Schulter is right, it is painful to see the bears like this. Angelo needs to find someone who can scout players accurately for him. All of his picks have been bad. They also dont have any dept because they cant find starters; the players that the bears are putting out there as starters would be a 2nd or 3rd stringer on other teams with the except of forte, culter, briggs, peppers and urlacher. That’s five starters.. where is the other 17 starter that is necessary to win with. I don’t blame lovie for t his mess, I blame angelo… unless lovie takes part in drafting players.

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