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Redskins bust moves on to da Bears.
Published on March 21, 2007 By terpfan1980 In Sports & Leisure

So the Redskins have traded away Adam Archuleta.  Shipping him off to da Bears where he's to be reuinited with his former coach, Lovie Smith.

Good riddance!  Don't let the door hit you...  And hey, how about sending back about 90% of the bonus money you took for doing NOTHING to help the Redskins last season.

What a completely worthless free agent signing.  Utterly and completely useless.

(I guess there may have been some good to come of it, perhaps the Redskins will finally the learn the lesson that signing a bunch of over-priced, underperforming, free agents isn't a good idea.  Maybe they'll remember to actually try DRAFTING their own talent for a change.)


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on Mar 21, 2007
If I remember correctly, Adam Archuleta's talent with the Rams was as a safety who hit. His strength was never in coverage, a fact which Daniel Snyder should have realized before signing him. The Redskins needed a safety to play straight coverage, particularly given Joe Gibbs' system. The team (read: Snyder, with a supporting nod to Gibbs, though I don't know how much influence he really has) should have known Archuleta was not a fit for them.

Lo and behold, the season starts and the pesky square peg won't fit in the round hole. So they bench him. It's not his fault that he got paid for doing nothing. It's the team that signed a player who didn't fit the system of play.

As a Bears fan, I think the trade has good potential, given Mike Brown's propensity for getting hurt. Todd Johnson and Daniael Manning did a decent job of filling in last year, but Brown is a hitter, which is what Archuleta brings as well.
on Mar 21, 2007

I have no problem with Archuleta being a hitter, but a hitter isn't any good if they don't get close to the guy with the ball.  That is something that Archuleta was horrible at last year.  Dreadful actually.  He couldn't find himself within 10 yards of the guy with the ball and by the time his guy had the ball he was already speeding his way down the field.

I suppose in a zone type system, with lots of support around him, Archuleta might not be a defensive liability, but he's not someone I'd want to depend on.

on Mar 21, 2007
I suppose in a zone type system, with lots of support around him, Archuleta might not be a defensive liability, but he's not someone I'd want to depend on.


I don't think the Bears are depending on him. Mike Brown is still the guy, but as I said, he is injury prone. Danieal Manning and Chris Harris are both capable, but they are still relatively young, and not in the same class of hitter as Brown or Archuleta. And after seeing the Bears get shredded by Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl, I welcome the addition of someone with the ability to put the fear of God into any receiver wandering across the middle to catch a ball.
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