“A Ways To Go” For “Awful” Major WrightApril 2nd, 2014
Joe’s research into potential new Bucs safety Major Wright reveals a guy who had a brutal season last year after Lovie Smith departed Chicago.
Former Bears Super Bowl champ center Tom Thayer analyzes all things Bears for the team’s official website, and he was no fan of 2013 safety starters Wright and Chris Conte, who both took other public beatings, too.
Here you can watch Thayer praise the Bears’ cornerbacks but blast Wright and Conte in a review of the defensive backfield. Thayer states both safeties have “a ways to go” in their development and challenges them to bring offseason “commitment” or they won’t improve.
“If you come up there and you don’t get in a fundamental tackling position, if you don’t approach the line of scrimmage like we see safeties around the league, you can’t play,” Thayer said.
One of Joe’s favorite bloggers, Mike “Boomer” Burzawa, who happens to pen a Bears blog, BearGogglesOn.com, wrote this about Wright after the 2013 season.
2013 Grade: Brace yourself and make sure you’re seated. While Chris Conte is the poster boy for the Bears’ woes in the secondary, Major Wright was just plain awful. He was the WORST ranked safety in the NFL according to PFF, with a -27.4 grade, among the 86 safeties who were graded. He was a reasonably bad -1.7 in rushing the passer but a woeful -11.8 in pass coverage and an even worse -15.5 vs the run. How would you like to be his agent sitting across the bargaining table with those stats in your pocket?
Pros: Um, he knows the system. Sort of. He will probably come cheap and is still young enough to turn it around at 25 years old.
Cons: Where do we start? Wright struggled with the most basic elements that an NFL safety should possess. He prefers to launch himself into an opponent rather than wrap up and tackle. He takes horrible angles and routinely gets beat to the corner.
Potential suitors: Hopefully the Green Bay Packers?
Bottom Line: Heads have to roll for the horrific defensive effort in 2013 and as a free agent, Wright is one of many who needs to go. The worst thing the Bears could do would be to bring back Wright. In this case, two wrongs would make a Wright.
Joe read that review and couldn’t help but remember Sabby The Goat, the most angle-challenged safety in Bucs history.
Now even the toughest critics of Wright would agree he showed strong flashes in 2012, so perhaps Lovie and Leslie Frazier can revive that promise, if the Bucs sign him this week. And given how rough Wright’s film must look, Joe suspects Wright would be quick to ink a deal.