Posts tagged with: Nathan Vasher

Are Bears overrated?

Training camp is an odd time. You can either leave it completely in love with a mediocre team or horrified by what you see from a highly regarded squad.

That’s because you spend much of training camp watching scrubs try to tackle other scrubs. Sometimes, these scrubs look great. Other times, they look like scrubs.

But this Chicago Bears training camp is something different. This was supposed to be new quarterback Jay Cutler’s camp. And so far, Cutler’s looked impressive. It’s nice to see what passes look like when they’re thrown by a quarterback who has a real arm.

But this training camp has also unearthed a whole slew of questions. First, is cornerback Nathan Vasher ever going to be good again? He hasn’t looked like it during training camp. Secondly, what about Tommie Harris? Will he revert to his old form again, or have injuries robbed him of his Pro-Bowl skill? Based on training camp, unfortunately, it looks like Harris won’t be returning to the Pro Bowl anytime soon.

Then there are the wide receivers. They all sort of stink. We knew that before training camp. We know that now.

And what about running back Matt Forte? He had an impressive rookie year. But he wore down at the end of the season. Is he just a one-year wonder? It’s impossible to tell from this training camp, at least.

Many consider the Bears to be favorites to win their division. That’s partly because Cutler is such an upgrade over former starting quarterback Kyle Orton. It’s partly because the Bears’ division just isn’t very strong.

Still, when you look really closely at the division, it becomes more difficult to make the argument that the Minnesota Vikings aren’t a more complete team.


A forgotten key: Nathan Vasher

I found an interesting blog post at Scout.com about Bears cornerback Nathan Vasher. It reminded me of how important Vasher might be to this Bears’ season.

Unless, of course, he’s not. Which is a possibility, too.

It was just two years ago that the Bears rewarded Vasher with a heap of money for a nice season at the cornerback position. You might remember watching Vasher intercept passes and harrass wide receivers on a regular basis.

It’d be nice to see this again from Vasher. Since getting his money, Vasher has been either injured or ineffective.

But what if he bounces back? He’d certainly strengthen a questionable defensive backfield. With Charles Tillman on one side and a back-to-form Vasher on the other, life would suddenly become difficult for NFL quarterbacks.

There’s a nagging doubt, though: What if Vasher’s good seasons were the flukes? What if he’s more like the player of the last two years, an inconsistent defender plagued by injuries?

We’ll find out this year. And if we don’t see much from Vasher, get ready for some shootouts at Soldier Field.