Why Didn't Aromashodu Get a Shot?

From David Haugh's biting column in the Tribune:

Similarly, the better Devin Aromashodu looked catching his eight passes
for 76 yards and a TD against the NFL's best cornerback, the more it
indicted Smith and the coaching staff for not playing him sooner. Is it
fair, Lovie, to wonder why Aromashodu didn't become a factor earlier in
the season?

"No," Smith said. "I don't think you can look at it that way."

Before I begin to question the decision, a few things should be pointed out.  The media sang Devin's praises throughout training camp with Hub Arkush calling him the most accomplished receiver of the summer.  The fans, specifically myself, believed he earned a shot on the field.  The quarterback has been his biggest advocate.

What's the reason it took so long for Aromashodu to play?  Devin Hester.  Lovie Smith and this coaching staff have hitched their wagon to the Hester Experiment since removing the most electric kick returner in league history from his natural position.  They knew - because of their vocal quarterback - that Aromashodu would draw the most attention from Jay Cutler and would subsequently cause them to look foolish.  Mark Anderson foolish.  Frank Omiyale foolish.

Devin Hester is not a number one receiver.  He's a speedy number two.  Unfortunately the Bears found a better version of even that in this year's draft.  So Hester - the pronounced top dog - has caused the coaching staff to create a series of bullshit plays.  Think about what we didn't see this week.  What is that shitty bubble screen but a desperate attempt to prove that Hester is a receiver?  What is the dopey end around but a moronic way of proving us all wrong?  Didn't see much of either this week, did you?  No.  Because they're Hester-specific calls.

Jay Cutler has thrown too many interceptions.  They've been his fault.  They've been the fault of the receivers and the coaches.  But Sunday we saw the beginning of a relationship that should have begun in September.  We saw - for the first time all season - a consistent rapport between the man throwing the ball and a man catching it.  Hester is a good player and an exciting talent but he's not a go-to option at receiver.  Lovie Smith was simply too stubborn to deviate from a misguided plan.      


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  • The thing that bothers me about the whole situation is that our two best recivers in training camp were Aromashadu and Brandon Rideau. But because we drafted the Iglesias character, have a hardon for Rash Davis, and are obsessed with making Hester into Torry Holt one of those recievers didn't even make the fucking team and the other didn't get on the field for 10 games.
    This is a product of over valueing draft status, and special teams play over basic football.
    I mean take a look at other positions, how about Bell sitting on the practice squad all year in favor of Wolf?? Or with all the LB positions in flux, Williams doesn't get on the field because we have to prove how great Roach is?

  • Gents,

    I think we've all been saying the same thing over and over and over again in a multitude of ways for 2-3 months now. We all complain endlessly about all the effects as they manifest each Sunday (or Thursday /Monday). Said effects are due to the same cause(s).

    I think we all just hope that the McC's all took basic logic in school as we all seem to have. There is a cause, which lead to myriad effects... all bad in the case of this season. We (the Chi Bears as an org) need to initiate drastic change unto the cause(s) in 4 weeks (

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good way to approach the now-over football season.

    The Iglesias thing was the greatest mystery to me all year. Just weird.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    As weird as Earl Bennett not playing his rookie year either.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i agree, Devin Aromashudo should def. be starting. but guess what? Lovie will bench him next game and hester will start. HESTER is a #3 or #4 WR and should be put back onto fulltime KR and PR. LOvie is a absolute delusional fucking moron.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Aromashadu affair is just one of many baffling decisions made by the Bears coaching staff the last few years. The team is run like an over bloated bureaucracy with too many managers and hidden agendas. So many personnel decisions make absolutely no sense to any of us, when the facts stare us right in the face. Every game this year I've shook my head and wondered why certain players were starting.

    Why the fuck did Vasher start the first game, rotate in, and play at the end of the first GB game one on one against Jennings? Every day during training camp I read about or listened to a podcast about how he got burned deep every day in practice against EVERY receiver.

    And what the fuck was Josh Bullocks doing starting yesterday's game? He should not even be on this team. I yelled "what the fuck is he doing on the field?" before the first play. Bullocks was in perfect position to hold the Grant run to a 3-4 yard gain on the first play. Inexplicably, he leaves the point of attack and sprints to the other side of the field. It looked like something you would see an 8-9 year old kid do in pee-wee league.

    Those two personnel moves ALONE arguably cost the Bears both games against Green Bay, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I thought Bullocks was going for the ice cream truck - he had ants in his pants to get away from the play.
    Goddddddddddddddddddd, he sucks.

  • In reply to TheFifth:
  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Fucking baffling. Please fire LoveHole now.
    I love how Aromashodu has become our Houshmanzadah ("Houshamazilly!)
    If you want to have some fun, go back through the last few threads and list out the ways his name is spelled, intentionally and unintentionally. Although I spelled it correctly here, I am not a fan of us learning to spell it/ pronounce it properly. Way more fun to have our own Whosyomama.
    BTW 8 catches, 80 yards average a game equals 112 catches for 1280 yards. Fine, so it would have been less. Id take 80 for 1000.
    A new coach would give this all a fresh slate approach- that is the natural approach of any new leader in any organization. The best players play. That means all these biases are out, and our young talent that deserves to play- Aromashabadabadoo, the Williams boys, Afalavalamp, etc.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The Bears problem is not just the coaches. It goes all the way up to the chairman of the board, Mike McCaskey.

    I'm sure the Bears will lose more than 11 million in revenue if Lovie Smith is the coach next year.

    Ownership treats the fans like shit. There are so many things wrong with the new Soldier Field.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Like The Coach said, McCaskey is a chestdump. But he's a chestdump on sacred ground i.e. he can't be touched and isn't going anywhere until natural erosion occurs. The shitty mess the Bears are in starts dripping from the incontinence pants on the old bird all the way down to the waterboy. There's shit everywhere.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Lovie is just trying to save his own ass right now so it is hard to take anything he says too seriously.

    It was nice to see DA step up against the Pack. It's obvious that Cutler prefers the big bodied receivers...some of the throws he made to DA were perfectly placed to take advantage of his size. It's easy to see why he thrived in Denver throwing to Marshall.

    It will be very interesting to see if the Bears continue to tout Hester as a number one this offseason. I still think that he played the position much better than I anticipated he would this year. However, he hasn't shown any big play ability at all. With out that, no smallish receiver should be a number one. I'm starting to think that Knox might just be the more obvious number 2 going forward...he can stretch the field in ways we haven't seen from Hester.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    it was never a good idea to put hester anywhere other than ST.

    lovie: "a'right y'all, we're gonna take the guy who is the best ever at his position, and make him a so-so guy at another spot. soun' good?"

    the worst field position the bears could start out with was the 40yd line. i guess that's not worth anything.

    if that move wasn't made, we're not talking about firing lovie.

  • In reply to Sausage:

    Well said. The media let him away with it too ...

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The problem with Hester is they gave him a WR's contract. If they had any brains they would have given him the same money but put all the incentives in the return game. They could still stick him in some plays on offense.

    What a bunch of dumbasses.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    They can't even get the fucking sod right.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Maybe if they used some of that dripping stuff Irish refers to as fertilizer...

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    The braintrust thought the could turn one of the best return men in history into a receiver ...Run FOREST RUN doesn't fit in the play book....

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Our rec. corp next year should look like this:

    1) Earl Bennett
    2) Devin Aromashodu
    3) Johnny Knox
    4) Devin Hester (work him in to the slot, bring him in to spread the field and back to returning kicks/punts)

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Plus Vincent Jackson please.

  • In reply to Dmband:


  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I know this won't happen because well, Lovie thinks he can still keep his job and says they are going to try to win games but.. why not put Hanie in the last 3?
    1.) We have nothing to lose by doing it... we protect Cutler's health and see if this kid can play at all in 3 real NFL games.
    2.) Ron Turner is gone. This offensive system is done, what value do we gain from having Cutler take more snaps in a system we won't be running next season.
    3.) Imagine if he did turn out to have some skill, we might be able to trade him and get another pick in the draft. It worked for NE and Cassell is awful.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I would support it for one reason... Jay needs to get his fucking head right again. He's is so jacked up right now. Zero confidence, zero patience, zero zone. He is so messed up in the dome right now and I would like to believe that getting pulled might cause some rapid growth. It could backfire, but it's worked for Vince and Donovan.

    At the very least maybe for all or some of the Lions game.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd have no problem pulling him for the rest of the season and getting game-time experience for Hanie and Bassanez. All Jay can do now is get hurt. And if it was a career-ender (doh!), how fucking stupid would Lovie suddenly look ? Again ...

  • In reply to dutsami:


    ''There's not a lot more young players that we haven't played,'' Smith said. ''Whenever you line up, you owe it to the football team and fans in general to put out the best team you possibly can to help you win the game. That's the approach we've taken every game we've played here, and that won't change.''

    and Lovie..How's that working for ya???? WTF!!!!

    This explain's everything. LDL and his Mantra

    Smith said Gilbert has not had an opportunity this season because the Bears are too deep and have been too healthy on the defensive line, not the most compelling argument considering the Bears' line has underachieved. It makes you wonder.

    I have come to the conclusion that Lovie is in his own little "Bubble Screen" except his buble screen no one can touch him.

    I do not get it. I mean are the Bears Management that secluded from the real world that:

    A. Do not recieve phone calls from PISSED OFF FANS threatining them within an inch of their lives.

    B. Fans showing up at the door step wanting to ring the shit out of Lovie's throat.

    C. BURNING HALAS HALL to the ground.

    I live 1500 miles away from "Sweet Home Chicago" and I want to drive up to Halas Hall and Rattle someones cage..

    So we are not to expect anything to change. Not going to see the youngsters if they can play. Can watch LDL watch himself on the Jumbotron for the next three weeks. Have I missed anything guys?

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I heard COD wanted to skrew up their team and hire Turner!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow. Interesting, taking in everybody's feelings these last few weeks. People looking forward to wholesale changes in the off-season and a brighter day. Apart from the possible exit of Ron Turner I just don't see anyone above him being sacrificed, which means more of the same for the forseeable future. Aromashodou's game wasn't surprising. He caught the shit out of the back of the ball in pre-season I think it was. Diving catch (note to Greg Olsen). I still preferred Rideau - our best and biggest receiver, and hey, a vet ! Airlocked for a receiver who still has not taken the field in a Bears jersey. Another of the many head-scratching decisions passed down by the three stooges. Hester was the biggest mistake, no doubt. I can understand their risk-taking in trying to convert the GOAT KR into a serviceable receiver, although din't agree. But it didn't work, and it's not working. He can't play the position. He's not a receiver. How can you come into the NFL and play a position you never played before ? He's 5'9 so he's virtually useless as a blocker. Aren't speedy guys supposed to be deep threats ? Aren't you supposed to send a guy deep before he becomes a threat ? Knock the bubble screen, but Brandon Marshall caught 21 of 'em the other night (tell me he doesn't want away from the withered arm of Orton). I'm tired of seeing small. Small running backs, small receivers, small-brained coaches. Blonde tight ends that don't do anything. And sadly, it will continue for the next few years. The only think smart for your sanity is to accept it.

    Take the world cup. So I'm watching little old Ireland in the playoffs for entry to the world cup 2010. Ireland are unbeaten in qualification, but enter a playoff with France for a place in the finals. In overtime of the away match, a French ball comes into the box, it's offside, not flagged. Thierry Henry controls the ball with his hand, not once but twice, and then passes it across the face of the goal where Gallas buries it in the back of the net. Players are screaming, pleading, surely somebody saw that. Referee signals a goal and the population of France & Ireland and the Irish team are like "WTF?". The television replay shows the horror that is about to be ignored. A goal that was offside and preceded by not one, but two handballs. No video replay. Linesmen, officials, 'no one saw a thing'. The happiness of two nations at stake, not to mention millions and millions of Euros. Ref blows his whistle, decision final. Daylight robbery. Grown men consoling their children in tears, not understanding why the referee isn't going to punish the bad man. Judging by reaction back home, sadly the French will never be forgiven. Cheating their way into the world cup, the motto of which is "Fair Play". I was angry. But the next day I knew there was no point in continuing to be angry. A similar thing happened to the English in 1986 and they still talk about it. Once the whistle is blown in soccer, that's it. When presented with a sh1t pie, the best thing to do is to eat it as quickly as possible and move on.

    Like the Bears. We'll be here same time next year with chocolate faces, we might even have new nicknames for the muppet show. Philips and Angelo might look different with their nips and tucks. Everything will be okay we'll be reassured. The problem of Turner long gone, it was all his fault, but he's gone, we'll be told. The future's blue and orange again. But Lovie will be there. Jerry will be there. And they'll be putting their fingers in the dyke again (the Dutch walls not the carpet-munchers) signing some bullshit cast-off from the Rams or TB and telling us "they feel good" about whoever. We'll even have our very own cancer in the locker room. Our middle linebacker, chipping away at Cutler, swinging his dick around. Nothing changes until an old person dies and 13 kids are squabbling amongst themselves holding their hands out for their share ... and the hostile takeover begins. We've waited nearly a quarter of a century, we can wait a little bit longer holding our spoon and our slice of brown pie .....that's what Bear fans do ....

    ...so please, Santa, take those who won't play their hearts out, and somehow, please, bring us Ndamokong Suh and either Brandon Marshall or Vincent Jackson. We've been good little Bear fans all year.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:


    The "Hand of Gaul" was brutal, but not all that surprising

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't really see anyone making the case for Lovie Smith's return anymore. But just in case anyone tries to, let me leave you with this depressing thought; the bears have less playoff success this decade then the Oakland Raiders.
    Yep, that's right the Raiders have 4 playoff wins since 2000 and a SB loss, while the bears are 2-3 with a SB loss. So I don't want to hear anymore shit from Urlacher and others about the success they've had around Chicago!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Personnel decisions vs. PERSONAL decisions. Apparently, Lovie Smith has them confused.

    Maybe somebody mentioned it but, after a pretty good week with Payne and Afalava as the safety tandem, Lovie had to tinker YET AGAIN with the safety combo and had JOSH BULLOCKS and Payne out there to when Ryan Grant bolted 62 yards on the Packers' first play from scrimmage.

    AND...Let's not forget the mystery of of why Khalil Bell languished on the practice squad until injuries FORCED the coaching staff to promote him.

    I submit that the personnel (personal?)decisions made by this regime have gone from mysterious, to stupifying to downright criminal.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Amen, Al...amen.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agree with Doc, and well said Irish. I also noticed that Aroma was pulled. I wish I wouldn't have deleted the game right away. I believe Aroma was held out of quite a few plays late in the game. The coaches were probably more afraid of him putting up better numbers than they were afraid of losing the game.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i'm friends with one of the Bears on the team (will keep his name anonymous for press sake), but here's the conversation:

    Me - "bro....all i wanna hear is that Lovie & company are going to get fired. Jay doesn't trust the receiving corp b/c of that wack-ass line & O-lineman coach, ron turner makes a high school OC look like Bill Walsh, & it looks like Lovie is losing the locker room (TOO MUCH talent for a 5-8 record).

    only ppl in the front office that need to be kept are marinelli & toub. everybody else? axe. hope they got u locked in for a while bro; keep on truckin'. BEAR DOWN!!!!"

    Him - "Bro they gone keep lovie and get rid of Ron i think! Idk. We gotta keep Lovie!"

    now i hope he doesn't speak for the whole locker room, but if this is the consensus, this doesn't look good at ALL!!!! (after something happens coaching-wise, i'll reveal the guy's name).

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Bravo, couldn't have said it better.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQ, what the fuck brother? You've had an inside man all this time??? You've been holding out on us!

    I can't believe they all feel that way, I honestly can't. Is he a starter? On D, O, ST? Give us a little more to work with man!

    I honestly HAVE to believe (for my own sanity) that these guys would rather have a coach that gets us winning and gets them to the playoffs/SB, than a nice guy who makes sure their soap-on-a-rope's have their initials. Please do some more detective work and let us know FQ. I don't want all of us to be tormented waiting for something good to happen if it's not.

    Hook us up!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    he's not a starter, but #2 at the depth chart and sees the field a lot in the game. yea i'll def. start asking more questions as the final games start moving along (you know how it is though....don't bug the inside man w/ a lot of questions b/c u'll end up losing them lol).

    now idk what everybody else in the locker room is thinking, but it seems like (by the way he said the statement), he's not the only one that feels this way. could be a turbulent offseason (and not in a good way).

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I was saying it all along THROW TO ARROW!!! I even made up that nickname for him. I also wanted our 6ft 7in Tight End Kelvin Davis to play more! Cutler needs big targets who can get the jump balls!
    mostof our wr are go too short too catch to make those types of plays! Wish someone would have listened to me sooner!!!

  • In reply to BEARSFAN78:

    Shabba-dabba-doo !

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    "The fans, specifically myself, believed he earned a shot on the field." Way to toot your own horn. Most of us have been calling for Illroastyourmama since his lunging TD catch in the pre-season. He came into the opener as our #3. Unfortunately, his injury and the emergence of Knox kept him on the sideline. The problem was, he stayed there too long. With the lack of communication and chemistry with Jay and Knox, Devin, and Bennett, Tiramusalata should have received a chance many games earlier. His body type alone on this WR core merited him getting time.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Nice Crown, I like the first one. Not a big fan of Tiramsulata myself... too much fluffy cream.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Just a couple of comments. I'm not trying to stick up for any of Bears mgmt. They all could be fired and I wouldn't shed any tears. However, Bullocks was on the field in a 3 safety set (Payne, Afalava and Bullocks). Not trying to defend the set, just setting the record straight. I keep hearing about Brandon Rideau. Nothing against the guy but he's not on an NFL roster so that should tell you something. As far as I know, he hasn't been all year.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    i hear what you are saying about Rideau but DA had been passed over a ton as well and he caught 7 or 8 passes in one game and previously been cut from practice squads on various teams. People get passed over in the NFL all of the time for all sorts of reasons. When you give a guy a shot...especially a guy that produced in College in the SEC (read:DA and BENNETT) things work out pretty well usually.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I agree up to a point. But if no other team in the NFL thinks he's even worthy of a practice squad spot, he probably isn't going to turnaround the position. Like I said, I've got nothing against him and if he came back and landed on someone's roster, I'd wish him well. I always pull for the underdogs (unless, they're playing the Bears).

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    By the time he was cut, teams were good at receiver. Maybe they figure that a team who's receiving corps problems are famous in the NFL mightn't have the most worthy cast-offs. In Rideau's case I think they're missing out on a useful guy.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I paid close attention to this guy in training camp becasue I though he'd be an exciting target for Cutler. All he did was catch everything thrown at him. He's 6'3. Fast, tough. Are you telling me having Juaquin Iglesias (or R Davis) on the roster but not being used is a good thing ? A big target for Cutler, who had done nothing wrong, should have found a spot somewhere, if even on the practice squad.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Fck it. It's been at least five minutes since I wrote 'Brandon Rideau' somewhere .....

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I don't have any real issues with aromaofshoes not being in til now. He was our #3 WR coming in but got himself hurt... then Knox came in for him and played lights out in his place. The first 4 games of the season our WR trio was second only to Arizona's.. you can't make a change when things are clicking.
    Hester has made some big strides this year as a wideout, and he is making a case to be looked at like a real WR; but not a #1 WR, not a go-to WR, not an every down WR. And look, Smelly (my aroma nick) is a decent WR and he has good size but the guy has been on like 6 other teams and has played over 15 snaps in three other games this season and had like 1 catch; it isn't like they were keeping Jerry Rice on the bench here, he is just a decent player who is an actual wideout, a rare thing on our roster. But here is to hoping he works out well enough that we can push Hester down to slot receiver or maybe even third down back and full-time kick returner. I am done with the #1 or #2 WR experiment. I am done with 2/3 of our skill position roster being filled by guys that really contribute on ST.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I think that's actually a great point UFTW.

    We're all very enamored with the thought of what arotodialyomama CAN do and some of what he has shown, but he's not The Beast, or Boldin, or even a Braylon Edwards type... yet.

    I think he can be a solid #2-ish WR if continues to do what he has been doing, and if dipshit and crew give him the fucking on-going opty to prove it. What I don't understand is why can't we use Hester/Knox interchangeably like a D. Jackson or even a wes welker type. And if that

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sorry, damn spell check... supposed to be "possession" not "position"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Your right fellas, he's probably not a dominating WR, but the problem remains that we still don't know what the kid is. FTW, our passing stats were misleading the first quarter since we totally abandoned the run and 4 games is 4 games. Lots of mis-communication, frustration, breaking off of routes, giving up on routes, etc. I think the kid should have gotten a chance earlier, that's all I'm saying. The coaching staff should listen and trust their QB when he tells them repeatedly what WR he likes and feels comfortable throwing to.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Floyd of the Malcoms, yes. 6'4 or 6'5 and was stuck behind Gates, LT, V-Jack and formerly Chambers on the food chain ....

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Hester's lazy as fuck. If he isn't the primary receiver on a play or it's a run, he's a fkn bystander. He's looking for a bite of someone's hot dog. He plays a third of the position. If you're a midget, like Steve Smith, you need receiving chops to make up for being short. Hester doesn't have them because he hasn't been playing receiver since he was six years old. He'd be better in the slot with DA and Knox outside, KD split inside. Sweet. If we had an OC with the balls to use them.

  • I feel your pain,i watch most games out in my heated barn so the wife dont have to hear me mother fuckin the Bears. A couple weeks ago i threw a wrench so hard it stuck through my steel garage door.

    It is over for this year,no reason to get that jacked-up.

  • Hallelujah brother Joseph ! Verily.

  • Shabadaba - DO !! And we have a winner ladies and gentlemen. I like it.

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