Bears lack big-play ability

Former GM Randy Mueller tackles questions on the Bears' woes, Edgerrin James and Willis McGahee.

Updated: October 14, 2003, 9:39 AM ET
By Randy Mueller | NFL Insider
Each week, former NFL general manager Randy Mueller will answer questions from Insiders. To send in a question, click the link beneath his byline.

First of all, great article on finding the right fit. What is your assessment of the Bears (other than they stink)? What steps would you take to fix the team?
-- Doug
New York, N.Y.

I don't claim to have all the answers; that's for sure. I do think, however, the Bears have been hit with a bunch of injuries that caught them off guard. They don't seem to be very deep, and trading away people like Ted Washington and letting Rosevelt Colvin go just add to the problems. The lack of team speed would be another concern of mine as a whole. They have not made many big plays, on offense especially, that usually come with players who can run.