Everything comes back to the Bears

No, wait, they enter 2012 better off.

Cutler has an actual threat at wide receiver. He’s not all dressed up with no place to throw. The new general manager dealt with the Bears’ most embarrassing issue quickly and in a big way. Thank goodness somebody in charge knew what to do. I mean, the only thing Smith seems to know about top receivers is his secondary usually can’t stop them.

Then Emery found a backup quarterback not named Hanie and a backup running back not named Barber. Actually, he found a couple former starters at those positions. If disaster strikes again --- the odds say it will, what with Cutler suffering season-ending injuries the last two years --- then the team shouldn’t curl up into the fetal position and cry for Mommy again.

Emery has made the Bears better in places that obviously needed to get better. It might seem excessive to praise someone for simple improvement, but these concepts were nuclear physics to the last GM and the current coach.

For a guy who has never done this job before, Emery has had a great pro personnel start. He’s actually a college scouting director, so the upcoming draft is where Emery ought to make a greater impact.

Which is a natural segue to football jerseys because everything comes back to the Bears.

While modeling the new Nike version of the Bears jersey that looks a lot like the Reebok version, Brian Urlacher described the Bears as having no pressure in the draft this month. No pressure for him, maybe, because he’s not doing the choosing.

And can I just say this: It’s not the uniforms, Nike. It’s what’s in them. And it’s certainly not those uniforms. Maybe it’s me, but those allegedly new jerseys are about one stripe from design piracy.

Anyway, Urlacher’s point was that Emery filled so many needs in free agency that the Bears don’t have to make the killer mistake of drafting for need, which leads to reaching for a player, which leads to bad evaluation, which leads to empty drafts, but enough about Jerry Angelo.

The Bears’ offensive line remains an issue, but if Emery spends his first-round pick on a left defensive end who can feast on the triple-teaming of Julius Peppers, then the new GM will have taken a big step toward Lovie-proofing the roster.

I know it’s still early and J’Marcus Webb hasn’t given up a sack yet, but I see a lot of Bears momentum right now. The arrow is pointing up for a team coming off a death spiral. I don’t just see them as a playoff possibility, but I expect them to challenge Green Bay and the Packers’ sloppy defense atop the division.

No, Stevie Sunshine isn’t smoking anything. Fortunately, the Detroit Lions are.

For the second time in a week, a Lion was busted for pot possession. Mikel Leshoure, a former Lighting Illini, tried to eat the evidence several days ago, and then Tuesday, defensive lineman Nick Fairley was busted in Alabama.

Between their silly, antagonistic coach, cheap-shot defensive tackle, and now the pot heads drafted in the first two rounds last year, the Lions apparently decided they’d rather go through life stupid, dirty and stoned, which is something else that helps the Bears.

Who knows, maybe the Lions got their stash from the Sam Hurd cartel. Maybe something good came out of that debacle. That’s how good the Bears’ offseason is going.

See? Everything comes back to the Bears, from Tuna to tunics to tokers.