Why aren't Bennett and Knox starting?

Why aren't Bennett and Knox starting?

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 09/06/2011 - 22:47
Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett finished 1-2 among the Bears’ wide receivers in receptions, and they were 1-2 in receiving yards among all Bears. So why are they the Nos. 3 and 4 wide receivers on the Bears’ Week One depth chart? Good question. I’m still waiting for a good answer. I understand wanting Devin Hester in the starting lineup because he’s a threat to score any time he touches the ball, which is why he’s listed as the No. 1 punt returner and kickoff returner. But, if he’s doing both, you have to wonder if he’ll be able to play 50-60 snaps a game in the offense. I absolutely don’t understand why Roy Williams is playing ahead of Johnny Knox, who led the Bears with 960 receiving yards last season, 399 more than Bennett, who was second with 561. If offensive coordinator Mike Martz is trying to get Knox to practice harder and play with a greater sense of urgency, as has been speculated, why replace him with Roy Williams, who has underachieved for most of his career. If you want to provide an example for Knox, and I think it’s ridiculous to be playing mind games with your most productive receiver, then start Earl Bennett, who is the most reliable catcher on the team. QB Jay Cutler has the utmost confidence in Bennett, and it’s Bennett who makes more tough catches in the middle of the field than anyone else. Bottom line: Let the best players play.
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