Just to review the Bears' “blitzkrieg” approach to Free Agency 2009:
They've added Frank Omiyale, a backup offensive lineman from the Panthers, re-signed Kevin Jones, their own backup running back who touched the ball three times in the final 11 games; and signed former Saint Josh Bullocks, a marginal starter at free safety.
Meanwhile, they have yet to resign their own free-agent offensive lineman, John St. Clair, who started all 16 games at left tackle last season; and they're expected to lose John Tait, who started 16 games at right tackle last season, to retirement. Today they released backup guard Terrence Metcalf, which probably doesn't matter one way or the other. Too bad it took them seven years to figure that one out. They also have no interest in Mike Brown, who, when he's healthy, is a better player than Bullocks.
At the end of the 2008 regular season, Lovie Smith said his team was close. Whatever it was Smith thought his team was close to, they're farther away from it now than when they started.