Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Apr 2010

Bears Release Alex Brown

Alex Brown is #1 on the GSAA charts, but he's now without a job -- the Bears released their former starting end on Thursday.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 01 Apr 2010

14 comments, Last at 04 Apr 2010, 4:55pm by ledzepfan1963


by Jimmy :: Thu, 04/01/2010 - 6:25pm

I hate this move. Yeah Anderson played better than his stats last year but Brown was a better player all year. He never turned into the pass rusher I hoped he was going to after a strong rookie season. He has been a very good run defender for a smaller end all his career and will continue to be so for whichever team goes out and signs him. He can help a lot of teams.

I really don't get cutting a very good player just to save $5m in an uncapped year (although it isn't my money). Is Marinelli that impressed with Messrs Idonje, Anderson, Melton and Gilbert because they haven't looked that good so far. I suppose the defensive line next season is supposed to be driven by Harris and Peppers and everyone else will be a huge drop off from those two anyway (searching vainly for silver linings).

by Marko :: Thu, 04/01/2010 - 6:54pm

I hate it, too, and agree with all of your points above. Brown was a solid, reliable performer for years. He didn't get a large number of sacks, but he was usually good for about 6 or 7 per year. More importantly, he seemed to get a lot of QB pressures, batted down a fair number of passes and was very good against the run. He maintained gap control and never was caught out of position on running plays unlike some other DEs (cough Mark Anderson cough).

I wish this were an April Fools' Day joke, but we know that it is not. I hope the joke is not on the fools in the Bears' front office who made this decision.

by jurb :: Thu, 04/01/2010 - 7:32pm

If there is any consolation to this move, his likely replacement will be Israel Idonije who, at least in limited duty, has displayed similar skills. As opposed to Mark Anderson, who increasingly comes across as a one-trick pony.

by tuluse :: Thu, 04/01/2010 - 6:57pm

It just leaves me depressed. Alex Brown was always one of my favorite players, and he still seemed above average. Surely he would could have been a good part of a rotation and injury insurance.

by Duke :: Thu, 04/01/2010 - 8:15pm

I agree with everything said here. It's a really weird move to me. The team is clearly going all out to win this year and save some jobs (Lovie for sure, maybe Angelo?). I don't see why you can't keep Brown around for that--he's a very good insurance policy in case one of the replacement ends don't make it.

by jurb :: Thu, 04/01/2010 - 7:17pm

Agreed with the above comments. While he may haver never been a superstar, Alex Brown is an extremely solid player who I think will be in much demand on the market. He's good against the run, gets the occasional sack, and in general, makes plays (yes, I know that sounds clich├ęd). He's been an important contributor to some pretty good Chicago Bear defenses over the years.

by TomC :: Thu, 04/01/2010 - 7:48pm

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by Theo :: Thu, 04/01/2010 - 8:15pm

I read somewhere that a lot of Colts FO people read this site...

by justanothersteve :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 1:10am

I think it's a stupid move too. But I'm a Packers fan so I don't mind any stupid moves by the Bears front office.

by Sophandros :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 9:45am

I wonder how he would fit in Gregg Williams's scheme...

Sports talk radio and sports message boards are the killing fields of intellectual discourse.

by UTchamps (not verified) :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 11:00am


by Theo :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 11:08am

yeah, no idea. lol

by Sablesma :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 12:10pm

Games Started Above Average, if I'm not mistaken.

by ledzepfan1963 (not verified) :: Sun, 04/04/2010 - 4:55pm

the bears are stupid!end of story!