Funny thing from Cedric Benson.
You remember him, right? Former Bears No. 1 draft pick, taken fourth overall in 2005. You’ll see him Thursday night. He’s the Packers’ new starting running back, and get this:
He told the Green Bay Press-Gazette he has no personal grudge against the Bears.
Well, of course not. Because it’s the other way around. I mean, just look:
Benson held out for 36 days as a rookie, left the sideline of an exhibition game because it was raining, claimed he was hit too hard in practice, seemed to force the parting of beloved teammate Thomas Jones, got arrested, failed to live up to his fourth-overall draft slot, got arrested again, and finally was cut.
Geez, what grudge could Benson hold against the Bears? That they didn’t write a contract clause for bail money?
It’s not surprising that Benson got the grudge thing wrong after he got almost everything else wrong when he was here.
Maybe the Bears don’t care. This far removed from Benson’s idiot ways, it would be understandable, especially with a new general manager and a whole bunch of new assistant coaches because Lovie Smith fires everybody as a way of keeping his job.
As for Benson’s few remaining former teammates still on the roster, I have to believe a few of them have some unpleasant memories.
I’m sure a lot of fans still care, too. Part of their job is to carry grudges, when they’re not making noise at the wrong times, that is.
Benson is supposed to make a difference for the Packers. He did not come close in the opener, gaining only 18 yards on nine carries in a home loss to San Francisco. And just wait’ll he starts fumbling the way we know he can. Part of me thinks you couldn’t have handpicked a better former Bear to become a Packer.
The Bears have faced Benson one other time. He was a Bengal and rushed for 189 yards, which seemed to be a season’s total when he played here. Brian Urlacher missed that game. So did defensive tackle Tommie Harris. The middle of Smith’s defense turned into a rolling tollway.
Harris is gone, but Urlacher is expected to start against the Packers. Urlacher is expected to start against Benson.
Raise your hand if you want to see Urlacher finish Benson.