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Gholston may not get “fair chance” in Chicago

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Bears defensive end Vernon Gholston complained Monday night that he never got a “fair chance” from Rex Ryan in New York.

We’d argue that Gholston got more chances than most NFL players because of his draft pedigree. The Bears didn’t select Gholston, which is why we suspect he may not even make the team’s roster.

Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo called the No. 3 defensive end spot a “concern” with Corey Wooten injured.  Undrafted rookie Mario Addison has received more buzz than Gholston in camp.  Nick Reed played ahead of Addison and Gholston on Monday night.

The team may also move defensive tackle Henry Melton outside to end. Basically, the Bears look like they are trying to do whatever possible to avoid playing Gholston.

“The former Jets’ first-round pick showed off little more than a chiseled physique during three weeks at Olivet Nazarene University,” Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune writes.

That probably sounds familiar to Jets fans and coach Rex Ryan.

“My concern was to make the NY Jets a better defense . . . not just one player,” Ryan said via the New York Daily News when asked about Gholston’s remarks. “I’m confused because I think I’m fair.”

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44 Responses to “Gholston may not get “fair chance” in Chicago”
  1. david7590 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:18 PM

    You had two years under Ryan plus one under Mangini. How much time did you want?

  2. achap39 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:20 PM

    Gholston thinks it’s unfair that other players have more talent than him, apparently.

  3. canjura says: Aug 23, 2011 1:20 PM

    Oakland awaits you with open arms, Workout Warrior.

  4. riverhorsey says: Aug 23, 2011 1:24 PM

    Now I’m confused.

  5. ronniemexico says: Aug 23, 2011 1:25 PM

    Bust.

  6. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:25 PM

    Do I smell discrimination charges?

  7. ny82jy says: Aug 23, 2011 1:27 PM

    If he gets cut the Pats are gonna be all over him im sure. They love all the Jets ex players.

  8. mianfr says: Aug 23, 2011 1:28 PM

    BREAKING: Bust football player still bad at football.

  9. phinfan says: Aug 23, 2011 1:28 PM

    Here’s a good example of Tannabum’s drafting skills.

  10. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:29 PM

    Vernon needs to realize that the Bears are one of the better defenses around. He’d have a better chance playing for Oakland or Cincy. Haven’t read about anyone else complaining they didn’t get a fair chance.

  11. modehead says: Aug 23, 2011 1:29 PM

    I don’t get these guys blaming their problems on personal vendettas… (Maybin talking about getting revenge on the Bills, as well.)

    Shouldn’t he be happy that his old team paid him tens of millions, instead of the league minimum salary he deserves? Does he really think there is some conspiracy to keep him off the field?

  12. jhart615 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:30 PM

    So what? He had his “fair chance” in New York. If you wanna play in Chicago you gatta show something special.

  13. jimmysee says: Aug 23, 2011 1:31 PM

    The Bears are missing a huge opportunity and should be playing this guy every chance they get.

    Signed,

    Every Packers fan everywhere.

  14. unbiased8383 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:32 PM

    I don’t think he has too many options left. Undrafted rookies keeping him out of a backup spot doesn’t sound promising. Channing Crowder says retire.

  15. peanutbutter&jelly says: Aug 23, 2011 1:34 PM

    all i remember about this guy was how a bunch of jet fans kept going on & on about how this guy was going to own jake long- well we see how that worked out

  16. polishrod says: Aug 23, 2011 1:36 PM

    Can’t wait to hear him say the same thing to the McDonald’s day-time shift manager at his next position.

    The other option is for him to become the official spokesperson for the Steelers…. where he can be paid to say habitually dumb things

  17. seabreezes51 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:43 PM

    Maybe not a “fair chance”
    But I’ll bet it’s his “last chance”

  18. ajknox88 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:43 PM

    I wonder, is he stupid, arrogant, or is everything he says correct?….lol

  19. Tribe&Browns&Cavs says: Aug 23, 2011 1:45 PM

    What’s not fair is this guy is big enough to make you wet yourself looking at him (saw him in a store in Columbus right before he was drafted) and he wasted all that by being lazy and passing blame.

  20. david7590 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:51 PM

    @phinfan:

    Yeah, but Gholston isn’t as bad as the time he passed on Darrelle Revis and took Ted Ginn or passed on Matt Ryan.

  21. shippinguptoboston99 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:53 PM

    I love to recall how Belichick played Mangini and the Jets during that draft. His smoke and mirrors made it look like the Pats were going to take Gholston, so the Jets jumped on him like a bum on a baloney sandwich, thus leaving the real target on the board: Jerod Mayo.

    Yeah, that one; the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

  22. 4dabears says: Aug 23, 2011 1:56 PM

    BUM!

  23. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 23, 2011 2:00 PM

    He’s just pissed because he didn’t get paid as much with the Jets as he did at Ohio State.

  24. oldbrowndawg says: Aug 23, 2011 2:06 PM

    This is what happens when you overemphasize the combine stuff with tape measures, bench press reps, 40-yard times, etc. You need to be able to spot FOOTBALL PLAYERS versus gym rats with “sculptured” physiques. It’s the difference between wannabe types such as “Opie” Savage (former Browns “GM” — quotation marks intentional) and current a genuine Browns GM Tom Heckert.

  25. mexicomarlin says: Aug 23, 2011 2:09 PM

    The only sack he’s seeing soon, is at a grocery store. He’ll be packing them.

  26. Carl Gersbchmidt says: Aug 23, 2011 2:12 PM

    Give him a chance, don’t give him a chance. Who Cares?

    Bears. Still. Suck.

  27. green41563 says: Aug 23, 2011 2:19 PM

    The general media take on Gholston is that he was just a workout warrior. But that’s not true. He set–and still holds–the all-time single-season sack record at Ohio State, a national powerhouse.

    So dismissing him as a workout warrior is inaccurate. The truth is much, much weirder. He’s just a very aloof and socially awkward guy who seems as if he’s always very far away.

  28. thehouseofho says: Aug 23, 2011 2:25 PM

    Gholston could be telling the truth about Rex not giving him a fair chance. In Rex’s own book, he said he told Mangini not to draft Gholston because Rex thought Vernon was a phony.

  29. nahcouldntbethat says: Aug 23, 2011 2:32 PM

    If Gholston had talent Rex Ryan would have found it and exploited it. When you’re working on your third coach and system and you still can’t make an impact the odds are pretty good you suck.

  30. gpete1962 says: Aug 23, 2011 2:40 PM

    It’s not about the talent for Vernon. Great size, super strong and real fast.

    It’s all about will and desire

    He got payed to much money and has no passion for the game

  31. jimmysee says: Aug 23, 2011 2:57 PM

    ” … So dismissing him as a workout warrior is inaccurate. The truth is much, much weirder. He’s just a very aloof and socially awkward guy who seems as if he’s always very far away…..”

    … from the QB.

  32. david7590 says: Aug 23, 2011 3:14 PM

    @thehouseofho:

    Rex gave him multiple chances. He even let him change positions in 2010 to try and help him succeed, but it turns out Rex was right in 2008, Vern is a phony.

  33. goawayeverybody says: Aug 23, 2011 3:18 PM

    The Bears looked just awful yesterday.

  34. chobes68 says: Aug 23, 2011 3:31 PM

    You have had plenty of chances. Be glad someone gave you another one, but you seem to be pissing it away….again.

  35. redrew says: Aug 23, 2011 3:32 PM

    Robertson was a massive bust. Gohlston is an epic fail. And have you seen Vlad Ducasse. My god this kid is wretched. J E S T Jest Jest Jest

  36. jetsblogger says: Aug 23, 2011 3:47 PM

    phinfan says:
    Aug 23, 2011 1:28 PM
    Here’s a good example of Tannabum’s drafting skills.

    ————————
    Yeah, such horrible drafting skills. Because David Harris, Darrelle Revis, D’Brickshaw Fergusson, and Nick Mangold have been such busts. Statistically, any good GM is bound to draft a bust here and there, you should know, his name is Jason Allen. Or how about drafting Ted Ginn and passing up Patrick Willis…

  37. dg0122 says: Aug 23, 2011 3:57 PM

    this guy epitomizes the phrase “Look like Tarzan, play like Jane”

  38. deepseabreeze says: Aug 23, 2011 4:17 PM

    Does he deserve one?

  39. rcali says: Aug 23, 2011 4:27 PM

    It’s a shame in these modern days that teams still can’t resist drafting some players. The scouting reports called it out..”Lack of a motor” and that doesn’t work at the pro level.

  40. bradentonbuc says: Aug 23, 2011 4:27 PM

    “Gholston could be telling the truth about Rex not giving him a fair chance. In Rex’s own book, he said he told Mangini not to draft Gholston because Rex thought Vernon was a phony”

    So what was the Raven’s DC doing consulting with the Jets HC? I must be missing something

  41. pigskinswag says: Aug 23, 2011 4:48 PM

    He was on the field enough to get a sack on accident. This guy is a BUST. Say it with me…BUST! And on top of being a bust, he’s a douche for blaming his sucktacular career on Rex Ryan. If the Bears signed Gholston for anything more than a pack of Bubble Yum they got ripped off.

  42. pigskinswag says: Aug 23, 2011 4:50 PM

    The Bears are missing a huge opportunity and should be playing this guy every chance they get.

    Signed,

    Every Packers fan everywhere

    ___________________________________

    Lions and Vikings fans also approve. They are also secretly hoping the Bears also trade for Aaron Maybin.

  43. granadafan says: Aug 23, 2011 5:34 PM

    Who cares what Vernon did at the cheating Ohio St? He was surrounded by great talent which made it easier for him to get to the QB. This guy is a workout wonder who is lazy and has no instincts for dealing with offensive linemen who are bigger and stronger.

  44. red513 says: Aug 23, 2011 6:02 PM

    Anyone who watched Hard Knocks last year could tell Ryan was trying to get Vernon to be a good player. To get anything out of him. As I recall, every 5 minutes he was talking (hopefully) about how “Vernon’s nuts just dropped.” Gholston may think Rex didn’t give him a chance, but the truth is he blew his chance all by himself.

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