The Chicago Bears have released veteran safety Chris Harris today after being benched for poor play, nursing a hip injury, and subsequently losing his starting spot all in the last three weeks.
This wouldn't normally be Daily Norseman-worthy news, but I don't think we can ignore the poor play thus far this season by safeties Husain Abdullah and (kind of) Jamarca Sanford. There is little doubt that we are decently deep at strong safety with Sanford and Tyrell Johnson--a Tyrell Johnson who once was a successful starter--but the injury bug has bitten.
Sanford and Abdullah are both suffering from concussions, and we can only assume these days that every injury report on concussed players should be taken with a grain of salt. They are both currently questionable for Sunday vs. the Panthers but have participated in full practices so far this week. That sounds like good news, but the fact is our starting two safeties have suffered concussions which is no help to the future our 29th-ranked pass defense.
I think the point I knew I wanted a change at the safety position was after Jay Cutler's bomb to Devin Hester back on Sunday Night Football. Could Chris Harris be the answer? I don't know. He was benched for poor play after all. But a move needs to be made. With three games left against Cutler, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford and those passing attacks--not to mention Cam Newton-to-Steve Smith, Drew Brees-to-anybody, and Matt Ryan-to-Roddy White also left on the schedule--the future looks bleak.
So what do we think, Norsemen?