Biggs: Bears waiting on Adams to deliver
What’s happened for the Chicago Bears since the traded a second-round draft pick for Gaines Adams on Oct. 16?
Well, their season has fallen apart to the point that jobs are on the line now. The Bears (4-7) host the St. Louis Rams (1-10) on Sunday at Soldier Field, and a loss could trigger a significant housecleaning at Halas Hall.
Don’t expect to see much of Adams. The defensive end has played only sparingly as the Bears have lost six of their seven games since he arrived. He’s suited up for six games and has two assists and one pass breakup to show for his efforts. Adams hasn’t come close to taking a starting job from veterans Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye, and he’s looked almost lost at times.
The trade leaves general manager Jerry Angelo without first- and second-round draft picks, but Adams is under contract through 2012, a lucrative deal in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers already gave him the bulk of the money. Angelo negotiated the deal with Bucs general manager Mark Dominik in person, and was driven to land him. They believe firmly the trade will still prove to be a winner for a team that has Ogunleye and third end Mark Anderson headed toward free agency.
“You bring a guy in during the middle of the season, it's not like having training camp and [organized team activities] or anything,” line coach Rod Marinelli said. “In terms of talent, attitude and work, what you try to do is get a guy to come in and get grounded in how we do business, the fundamentals and all of those things. He's getting some work in, and he's getting better. He's got a lot of stuff to him.”
Marinelli considered Adams with the No. 2 pick in the draft in 2007 but went with wide receiver Calvin Johnson, one of the few draft moves the Lions have gotten right in recent years. For his part, Adams is being patient, too, and he said the goal is to get him stronger in his upper body in the weight room
“The focus right now is just going out and working hard,” Adams said. “I'm not concerned about playing time. I'm just trying to learn the scheme and get better. It's the nature of the beast. I got traded and come in here and try to get better.”
Marinelli is adamant Adams has all of the natural tools elite pass rushers need. At this point, the Bears will not see them until 2010.
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