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Bears’ 60-second rant: Protection issues should overshadow Anderson’s release

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By Dan Parr

Don't be distracted.

The dominant Bears story of the day went from piling on the offensive line after a poor performance to the end of the Mark Anderson era and the signing of Charles Grant.

The change at defensive end is getting a lot of attention because it wasn't expected, but it's a small ripple compared to the most serious issue facing the team, which hasn't changed all season. That is, can the front five keep Jay Cutler, who is dealing with a concussion, from being flattened?

Chicago has a problem when it comes to finding someone other than Julius Peppers to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks on a somewhat consistent basis. Swapping Anderson for Grant didn't solve that problem. There is a reason Grant has been cut by the Saints and Dolphins in the past six months. It's an even worse sign that he was apparently waived by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League and went unclaimed, which allowed him to sign with the Bears.

Lovie Smith would rather have the story line change to something other than beating up on the offensive line when it's already down. He doesn't want to spend the bulk of his press conferences answering questions about why the front five doesn't block very well or whether he's worried about Cutler's head trauma. But inconsistent pass protection isn't a topic that's going to fade away any time soon.

It'll get old after a while, if it isn't already. It's not going away, though.

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