We have a pretty good idea of what the Bears will look like on defense in 2007. Alex Brown has been…
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
By most accounts, Danieal Manning had a pretty good rookie season at free safety for the Chicago Bears. Supplanting second-year man Chris Harris in the starting lineup in Week 3, Manning racked up 70 tackles (53 solo), 2 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and 7 passes defensed in 2006. His first career INT came against future Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre in Week 1, and his 8 tackles in Super Bowl XLI was good enough for fourth-best on the team. At just 24 years old, the arrow appeared to be pointing up for the former second-rounder out of Division II Abilene Christian. However, both GM Jerry Angelo and head coach Lovie Smith gave Manning a wake-up call this offseason. Back on Mar. 20, Angelo traded a sixth-round draft choice to Washington for strong safety Adam Archuleta. One of Smith's favorite players back when he was the defensive coordinator in St. Louis, Smith pushed hard to sign Archuleta in free agency last year before the Redskins inked him to the richest deal in NFL history for...
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