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Dan Bazuin Q&A

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Dan Bazuin, the second-round draft pick from Central Michigan in 2007, talked about learning his fate Friday morning when the Bears informed him he would be placed on waivers Saturday. Bazuin had two surgeries on his left knee last year and leaves without appearing in a regular-season game.

His comments in an interview with the Inside the Bears staff earlier today:

WERE YOU SURPRISED?

"I some ways I saw it coming. But it's really a surprise when you actually get the announcment that you're going to be released."

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT?

"I went to work this morning like I always do. One of the personnel guys came and got me and they told me."

DID YOU MEET WITH LOVIE?

"Yeah, I met with him and it was good. He said he still thinks I am a great player. He said there are a lot of circumstances that have changed since I was drafted. He told me not to get too down on myself because he sees me being a player in this league. He told me there were a lot of circumstances that led to this. A lot of things changed since they drafted me in the second round. He had encouraging things to say."

YOU NEVER WERE BACK TO 100 PERCENT, WERE YOU?

"I never claimed to be 100 percent. I was just trying to improve and become a better player."

WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE KNEE? IT WAS A MENISCUS ISSUE, RIGHT?

"I had two separate surgeries on my left knee. The first one was to repair the meniscus. The second was for the trochlear groove. I don't know how to spell it."

WHAT IS IT THAT IS STILL BOTHERING YOU? YOU'RE CLEARLY NOT 100 PERCENT?

"I'm not really certain. The weakness seems to be coming from underneath the knee cap. I've never felt as fast or as explosive as I was."

HAVE YOU EVEN BEEN CLOSE TO 100 PERCENT SINCE THE ORIGINAL INJURY?

"The closest I felt to 100 percent was before training camp starter. Then after the first week I started feeling some of the same symptoms again."

IS THERE ANY BITTERNESS FOLLOWING TODAY'S EVENTS?

"I had a great time in the year I was with the Bears and I appreciate everything they have done for me. There were just a lot of circumstances that were totally out of my control. Alex Brown, we never thought he would be back and then he signed and he's not going anywhere. Partially, I want to show the Bears they made a mistake. But I'm not going to hold a grudge against the Bears. This isn't the end of my NFL career. I'm just looking forward to whatever is next for me, if it's in a few days or the next few months. It's just a matter of time.''

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i just love how people will use this to bash jerry angelo when people fail to realize

1) how productive dan bauzin was in college
2) just like that drafted jamar as a backup plan for briggs they drafted bauzin as a backup for alex brown
3) the man was just never healthy its not like he had an injury history b4 he got drafted...he came to camp f'd his knee up and wasnt the same player...

its a prudent move my JA...you have alex brown locked up for a long time...you got mark anderson...you also have ogun being effective but getting up there in age which is why you take a flyer on baldwin...if you know the man isnt going to be healthy you dont keep him on the roster and risk having to cut someone who CAN help you...same story with okwo...no injury history...just couldnt stay healthy and theres no reason to keep someone on the roster like that when it keeps someone who CAN help you off of the squad...

you guys whine when we kept benson too long but whine when we cut ties to something thats not working out...its just silly

Jerry Angelo is awful. For every home run he's hit in the draft, i can cite 5 utter, abysmal failures. I wouldn't blame him for it, but he has yet to improve the scout team. Justincredible, we didn't need a DE in round 2. We had 3 EXCELLENT DEs already. THAT'S what made it a stupid pick, not the injury.

At that spot, I liked Quincy Black, although he hasnt done much. We also could have had Trent Edwards, who's better than any QB on our roster. We also could have nabbed Michael Bush, who was regarded as high risk, high reward talent. (I can't BELIEVE he took Wolfe in round 3 over Bush. I was screaming at my television).

Jerry's gotta go.

Danny will be back if the knee gets better. Jerry Angelo has made his name on picking outstand players on defense. This kid needs some time for that injury, he will be motivated. He has the quicks and the strength, the Bears were loaded on Dline.

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