Chicago Bears 2012 Roster Breakdown

The Bears are ready for a playoff push in 2012.

So the basis of this post came out of Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, where King broke down the Houston Texans‘ offseason moves and referenced their general manager, Rick Smith’s, philosophy for running the team. In it, Smith reference’s former GE CEO Jack Welch‘s philosophy about workers:

Smith said he’s studied NFL history at length, and he’s studied business models of different business leaders. One that he’s adopted is former GE boss Jack Welch’s 20-70-10 philosophy: the top 20 percent of your employees are standouts and must be nurtured. The majority, the 70 percent, are the working class — needed but still able to move if the right situation arises. The lowest 10 percent have to be churned and replaced, because a company always is looking for ways to get better by importing new blood. “If you have a 53-man roster, maybe you’ve got 10 or 11 core players,” Smith said, “and then 25 to 30 roles players, and then you’re always looking to churn the bottom of the roster.”

So I (Actually Mr. Sir Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. Esq. III Holy Roman Emperor) thought, let’s apply that thought to the Bears‘ roster. Follow me below and see how I grouped it.

For this exercise, I will be using the Bears’ current offseason 90-man roster. It’s pretty straight forward, really. I am going to stick with the “10 or 11″ core players despite the fact that 20% of 90 is 18. It’s too easy to say the bears have 18 core players, this should be a challenge.

Top 20 Percent:

Alphabetically:

-Lance Briggs

-Jay Cutler

-Matt Forte

-Robbie Gould

-Devin Hester

-Brandon Marshall

-Julius Peppers

-Charles Tillman

-Brian Urlacher

-Charles Tillman

The 70 Percent, “The Role Players”

-Earl Bennett

-Michael Bush

-Jason Campbell

-Gabe Carimi

-Chris Conte

-Kellen Davis

-Roberto Garza

-Kelvin Hayden

-Geno Hayes

-Israel Idonije

-Tim Jennings

-Johnny Knox

-Lance Louis

-Patrick Mannelly

-John McCargo

-Henry Melton

-D.J. Moore

-Stephen Paea

-Adam Podlesh

-Chilo Rachal

-Nick Roach

-Matt Spaeth

-Chris Spencer

-Craig Steltz

-Matt Toeania

-J’Marcus Webb (Apologies to “J-Webb Nation”)

-Eric Weems

-Chris Williams

-Johnathan Wilhite

-Major Wright

The Bottom 10 Percent

-Kyle Adams

-Alexander Alvester

-Armando Allen

-Joseph Anderson

-Kahlil Bell

-Matt Blanchard

-James Brown

-Ronnie Cameron

-Tyler Clutts

-Adrien Cole

-Nate Collins

-Blake Costanzo

-Trevor Coston

-Terrian Crump

-Chauncey Davis

-Dom DeCicco

-Nathan Enderle

-Isiah Frey

-Thaddeus Gibson

-Brittan Golden

-A.J. Greene

-Brandon Hardin

-Tyler Hendrickson

-Ricky Henry

-Alshon Jeffery

-Jeremy Jones

-Shea McClellin

-Josh McCown

-Greg McCoy

-Jordan Miller

-Cheta Ozougwu

-Nick Pieschel

-DeMario Pressley

-Ryan Quigley

-Evan Rodriguez

-Draylan Ross

-Dane Sanzenbacher

-Chris Summers

Davis Teggart

-Devin Thomas

-J.T. Thomas

-Ronnie Thorton

-Patrick Trahan

-Harvey Unga

-Brandon Venson

-Anthony Walters

-Donovan Warren

-Edwin Williams

-Jabara Williams

-Corey Wootton

-Mansfield Wrotto

My thoughts: How is there a kicker in the “core players” category? Who would you have in place of him? None of our offensive lineman have proved their worth yet, Gould has been a consistent force for years and his leg has gotten stronger. I consider Forte a core player, even if the Bears don’t, he’s certainly above role player status. All of the rookies are in the bottom 10 percent until they prove otherwise. I assume that two or three of them will have themselves in the 70% by mid-season, but until then…It’s tough to put some of the free agent acquisitions into categories, like Devin Thomas, Johnathan Wilhite, Geno Hayes or Kelvin Hayden because we don’t know what their role will end up being, if they get one. Lastly, Hester is in the core players for his return ability alone, anything he does as a receiver is gravy and I didn’t consider for a second the usual “Hester is coming into his own” OTA-hype.

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