It’s easy to pile on Bears management and coaches these days with Kyle Orton leading the Broncos to a 6-0 start and Cedric Benson ranking third in the NFL in rushing for the Bengals. But both sides thought it was overkill when every question this week seemed to be about either Benson or Tank Johnson, another former Bear turned Bengal.

It’s easy to pile on Bears management and coaches these days with Kyle Orton leading the Broncos to a 6-0 start and Cedric Benson ranking third in the NFL in rushing for the Bengals. But both sides thought it was overkill when every question this week seemed to be about either Benson or Tank Johnson, another former Bear turned Bengal.

“I’m not going to talk anymore about a player from another place,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said at one point Wednesday while speaking to reporters at Halas Hall.

The Bengals’ equally mild-mannered Marvin Lewis also grew irritated. “No other questions about other stuff today?” he asked on a conference call. “Come on! Tank is three years removed from there. This is his second team since then.”

It’s a natural angle to write about one team’s bust becoming another team’s star, but Smith pointed out that’s not unusual. For instance, Thomas Jones was a bigger bust in Arizona as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2000 draft than Benson was in Chicago, but has gone on to average almost 1,200 yards in five seasons with the Bears and Jets.

“Eventually, good football players find their spot that’s perfect for them,” Lovie Smith said. “We’ve had players that left here and gone on and done good things, just as we had players come here. Some of our key players were somewhere else and it didn’t work out and they’ve found a home here. That’s just life in the National Football League.”

The wrong “Ocho” name

Bears fullback Jason McKie tried to compliment Cincinnati’s flamboyant Pro Bowl receiver, posting on Twitter that he “is hilarious. He needs to have his own reality show.” But, instead, McKie irritated the former Chad Johnson by calling him “Ocho Nacho.”

“I saw that,” said the receiver who legally changed him name to Chad Ochocinco in honor of his No. 85 jersey. “That doesn’t make any sense. I don’t like that.”

Ochocinco responded with a Twitter message telling McKie not to even bother dressing for Sunday’s game.

Another way to build through the draft

The Bears traded four high draft picks the last few months for young former first-round picks Jay Cutler and Gaines Adams, but general manager Jerry Angelo said the Bears will still build through the draft.

“We’re always looking at players who are in their prime or young players with their arrow going up,” Angelo said. “We’re not trading draft picks away for old players, so when we use our draft picks, we are building through the draft.

“We’re building something that’s going to last. It’s not knee-jerk here. It’s not a one-year plan.”

Extensions not the same

Eli Manning signed a six-year, $97 million contract extension and Philip Rivers got $92 million for six years, but Jay Cutler only got two extra years for $30 million. Jerry Angelo said that’s because Cutler had 2 1/2 years left on his current contract, while Manning and Rivers were in their final year.

“It’s not apples to apples,” Angelo said. “Totally different dynamics.”

Rockford Register Star assistant sports editor Matt Trowbridge’s Quick Shots on the Bears appear Fridays. He can be reached at (815) 987-1383 or mtrowbridge@rrstar.com.