January 11th, 2011
by bearsbacker

Former Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, who left the Bears after 2006, went to San Diego to take the same job. Rivera is now officially the head coach of the Carolina Panthers.

The Carolina Panthers, who are in total disarray after having a horrible season. They went 2-14 and just had nothing going on the offensive side of the ball. Luckily they have the number one pick in this upcoming draft and they have a fresh start with a good defensive minded coach in Ron Rivera.

Rivera will help the defense get up to speed, but the Panthers will have to find a good offensive coordinator. This is a great move by the Panthers to bring in Rivera, who has been wanted by many teams as a head coach since 2005.

It might take a couple of years for the Panthers to rebuild and fixing up the defense first is a great start.

Look for the Panthers to struggle on offense again next season, but their defense will be much improved with Ron Rivera.

Other news:

Bears sign two players to reserve/future contracts.  The Bears officially signed wide receiver Onrea Jones and defensive tackle Tank Tyler to reserve/future contracts.

Tyler was a third round pick out of NC State in 2007 by Kansas City. Tyler has 79 tackles in 43 games and 19 starts with the Chiefs and Carolina Panthers.

Onrea Jones, 5’11″ was an undrafted free agent of the Houston Texans in 2007 out of Hampton College. He appeared in two games with the Arizona Cardinals this season but did not have a reception.

These two players will have to show something special this off-season to get a shot at a roster spot.

Other notes:

WR Rashied Davis had seven catches for 63 yards last week against Green Bay filling in for a banged up Earl Bennett. Davis, is an unrestricted free agent after the season.

I don’t know how the Bears will use Davis this week against the Seahawks. I think he should be in the mix for some playing time. He made some great plays and some key first downs against the Packers. I think he might take some of the time away from Bennett.

Davis earned some playing time for this upcoming game for his performance. I would love to see him out there on the field against the Seahawks.

Passing is important and Davis will be apart of that, but the run game might be more important if the Bears want to head to the NFC Championship game.

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