Once the draft was completed on Saturday, the Bears signed a bunch including Northern Illinois Heisman candidate Jordan Lynch. To further add to the signing, the Bears announced they will try Lynch out at running back instead of his natural quarterback position.
Having drafted Ka’Deem Carey and still having Michael Ford and Tony Fiammetta on the roster, the move makes no sense. This is no offense to Lynch who is a good kid on the surface and should be commended for working hard and being willing to switch positions. From a team standpoint I just don’t get it.
Lynch checks in at about 6’0” and 217 lbs. He runs a 4.65 40-yard dash and had average outcomes in other measurables like broad jump and 3-cone drill. Is he a tailback? No because he isn’t fast enough and doesn’t make the necessary cuts to get past faster NFL linebackers. Is he a fullback? He isn’t powerful enough and really wouldn’t knock anybody off the block.
Instead of making even a little bit of effort in Lynch, why don’t the Bears put more attention on Carey, continue to develop Ford and work Fiammetta more into the offense? Lynch is pretty much a worse athlete than Tim Tebow and we all saw how that ended up.
While bringing up the Tebow NFL experiment, it would’ve been better if the Bears had tried to develop Lynch as a quarterback. Certainly head coach Marc Trestman can be more help in developing his footwork and working on his unorthodox motion. If Lynch has any sort of a future in the NFL it’s as a two-way quarterback.
I know in the bigger scheme of things giving Lynch a shot a running back won’t be that big a deal but a team who has missed the playoffs six out of the last seven seasons needs to focus on getting better with the skill players they have instead of experimenting with long shots.
This feels like the Devin Hester wide receiver packages that never worked, the Alshon Jeffery end arounds that teams caught up with quickly last year and the halfback option passes that have become obsolete. When Lynch comes in the game don’t you think smart teams will know he’s just a gimmick player?
An offense that was second in the league in scoring only to the Denver Broncos doesn’t need this. When you have Jay Cutler slinging the rock to Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett you don’t need a passing halfback. When Matt Forte is putting up career numbers and Ka’Deem Carey had nearly 2,000 rushing yards last year you want to experiment with a slow quarterback from a small school at running back?
This likely won’t go anywhere past mini-camp or training camp but I wish Lynch all the best. He could be a very successful quarterback in the CFL and should be focusing on that. Trestman with all his experience from Canada should know that and be steering him in that direction and save the HB Toss and Sweep plays for the professionals.