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Bears, Packers built their teams in very different ways

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The Packers have built their team through drafting and development.    The Bears, more than any other “Final Four” squad, got their talent from other organizations.

Those are some of the conclusions to be made from this nifty set of charts from BusinessInsider.com that breaks down roster composition for the final four teams.   A few notes:

1. 32% of the Bears roster was drafted by another team, easily tops of the four remaining teams.  The Packers have the fewest from other teams with only 13%.

2. The Jets have the most undrafted players — 36% of their roster.  The Packers are close with 34%.   Green Bay’s numbers are higher because so many of their drafted players are now on injured reserve.

3.  Pittsburgh actually has the highest percentage of players they drafted on the squad with 57%, although the Packers and Bears are close behind.   The Jets only drafted 38% of their team, which shows the creative and varied ways they have built their roster.

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18 Responses to “Bears, Packers built their teams in very different ways”
  1. jc1958coo says: Jan 23, 2011 11:02 AM

    doesn’t matter where you get them, only if it works! all those draft picks for cutler! da bearsss are all in now, too bad they’re going to lose big!!
    28-17 pack not even close

  2. clayswife says: Jan 23, 2011 11:20 AM

    Tramon Williams is going to be the best receiver Cutler has all day.

  3. oxycode30 says: Jan 23, 2011 11:29 AM

    Bears assemble the most talented cast and coast against GB.
    27-13 Bears. Not as close as score indicates.
    Go Bears!!

  4. catman72 says: Jan 23, 2011 11:46 AM

    Bears better get it done now, they have quite a few key players at or approaching 30 and unless there is no cap in the new CBA they will have to start dismantling that team soon… but they’ve mortgaged their draft.

    Packers will be around for the next few years based on the way they’ve built that team through the draft.

  5. mborz says: Jan 23, 2011 11:52 AM

    Interesting graph.

    I think it’s the Daniel Snyders of the world that give “acquiring talent via free agency” a bad name. The big problem is when teams overpay for people who are past their prime or have other problems. Sometimes there’s a reason why a player is a free agent.

    But, good teams still find ways to get good players via free agency. The Holmes pickup for a 5th rounder obviously qualifies. Even if it hadn’t worked out, it was worth the risk, and Holmes had already proven himself to be a playmaker in the clutch.

    One problem with looking at data like this is that we’re only looking at the whole team. It would be nice to see the same breakdowns with some of the “players who never play” factored out. These numbers are affected by players who won’t see the field Sunday and won’t influence a thing.

  6. joyjoy69 says: Jan 23, 2011 11:52 AM

    Wai a minute, why don’t you focus on the star players? The Jets starting RB, top 3 WRs, two of their starting OL, half their LBs and half their DBs were from other teams (not to mention both kicker and punter and Jason Taylor). Most of them were acquired this year! There hasn’t been this blatant of an effort to buy a championship with short term players in a very long time. Your numbers may be right, but they don’t tell the full story.

    It just goes to show, figures can lie and liars can figure…

  7. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says: Jan 23, 2011 12:06 PM

    The Packers haven’t exactly built a dynasty. They haven’t been above 10 wins in a season since Favre, and had to ‘win’ a mythical 3-way tiebreaker to even get a wild-card slot. They can run-their-mouths all they want, but I think the Bears will win rather convincingly.

  8. CKL says: Jan 23, 2011 12:09 PM

    mborz says: Jan 23, 2011 11:52 AM

    One problem with looking at data like this is that we’re only looking at the whole team. It would be nice to see the same breakdowns with some of the “players who never play” factored out. These numbers are affected by players who won’t see the field Sunday and won’t influence a thing.
    ____________________________________
    Yeah it would be interesting to see it broken down by starters for sure. But I am not sure I agree 100% with your point about “players who never play”. It’s a cliche but also the truth that guys are one or two plays away from playing if they are on the active roster. And the best coaches find ways around it when their starters or key contributors are out. Just as an example…look at the Jets last week. Most of us Pats fans were thinking it may give the Pats a better chance to win that the whole right side of the Jets great OL and Pats killer Brad Smith were out. Not so much.
    You have to build a roster to be prepared to step in and fill roles 1-53 & practice squad. And the dollars you spend on the elite FAs or your own elite guys affect how much you can spend filling out those “middle class $ ” guys who may have to step in. I think your point about discounting the “never play” guys would be more true PRIOR to real FA and the salary cap than it is now.

    Gregg: this is a very interesting post and the type of stuff a lot of us hardcore fans find quite interesting. Nice job.

  9. bobulated says: Jan 23, 2011 12:48 PM

    Interesting post. And Bears fans are talking a lot of smack to have the leagues 20th rated pass D going against the hottest QB and passing offense in the playoffs. They could need bad weather or a concussion to slow Rodgers down because their DBs might not be up to it.

  10. rudedog36 says: Jan 23, 2011 12:51 PM

    theoriginalcaptainmarvel says:
    Jan 23, 2011 12:06 PM
    The Packers haven’t exactly built a dynasty. They haven’t been above 10 wins in a season since Favre, and had to ‘win’ a mythical 3-way tiebreaker to even get a wild-card slot. They can run-their-mouths all they want, but I think the Bears will win rather convincingly.

    ………………………………………………………………………..
    Uh I believe they had eleven wins last year ya dope.
    Typical stupid bear fan.

  11. shaggytoodle says: Jan 23, 2011 12:53 PM

    I am a huge fan of building through the draft, I think the Packers are very good at it, because of the kind of people they draft (1. Talent, 2. Character.) they feel respected and want to return the favor by staying in GB, i.e. Jennings, Driver, Williams, Bishop. Are a lot more willing to stay in GB for fair deals not player lopsided ones, and its very rare that your hear a whole lot of contract disputes coming out of the GB locker room.

    Then the other benefit developing through the draft now you more able to go get those last one or two pieces after getting to the playoffs through FA, because A. You have a the money for them, and B. You have a young group that can advertise for you and make others want to be a part of it.

  12. lakelandalum says: Jan 23, 2011 12:56 PM

    theoriginalcaptainmarvel…

    The Packers went 11-5 last year. I guess you don’t let facts get in the way of your argument.

  13. firejerry says: Jan 23, 2011 1:47 PM

    Da Bears have to get talent from other teams because Jerry Angelo is terrible at drafting. They are better off trading their draft picks for proven players than letting Jerry waste high draft picks.

  14. packerbacker12 says: Jan 23, 2011 1:59 PM

    “The Packers haven’t exactly built a dynasty. They haven’t been above 10 wins in a season since Favre, and had to ‘win’ a mythical 3-way tiebreaker to even get a wild-card slot. They can run-their-mouths all they want, but I think the Bears will win rather convincingly.”

    The Packers had 11 wins last year and 10 wins this year, dumbass.

    and also you need to shut the hell up and let the people who actually know something about football talk.

  15. therealjcannon says: Jan 23, 2011 2:02 PM

    Steelers and Packers do it the right way

  16. therealjcannon says: Jan 23, 2011 2:05 PM

    The Steelers and Packers do it the right way

  17. textthis says: Jan 23, 2011 2:14 PM

    I agree, this is a great post!

  18. beerndonuts says: Jan 23, 2011 2:44 PM

    I know that everyone here is trying to show how their team’s way is the best, but after today each of these teams will have been in at least two Championship Games in the last 5 years, so I would suggest that however they’re doing it, it works for them.

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