Author Archives: Tom Shannon

Surprising New Positional Placements Already Show Themselves as Training Camp Opens

John Mullin at csnchicago.com posts the intriguing idea that some of the draft picks from the Phil Emery era that appeared to have been on their way to busting might actually benefit from the scheme change on defense. In particular … Continue reading

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Are the Bears Really the Worst Team in the NFL?

I’m sorry for my long absence from this space but they’ve been asking me to work for a living this summer and my life has been busy.  You may, however, rest assured that I’ve been following Bears news very closely. … Continue reading

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Disconnect #1: The Bears Will Have Offensive Success Running the Ball

I’ve never been one to post too this site simply for the sake of posting. And I haven’t posted much lately largely because there isn’t much to post about. The offseason is just that and if you need any evidence … Continue reading

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The One-Sided Nature of the NFL Compensation Structure Explained

John Mullin at csnchicago.com takes a thoughtful and interesting look at the contract situations of both running back Matt Forte and tight end Martellus Bennett. One general statement that he makes stands out to me: “Understand that the matter of … Continue reading

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The Bears, Ray McDonald, and Another Example of How Nice Guys Finish Last

English journalist Evan Davis once said, “Nice guys finish last. But we get to sleep in.” You’d like to think that this was true of Bears chairman George McCaskey on the Memorial Day holiday yesterday. But given that now former … Continue reading

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A Matter of (the Wrong?) Opinion

Sam Monson at profootballfocus.com reviews what he thought were the biggest reaches in the draft. I think this one might surprise most Bears fans: “Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State #39 Overall to Chicago. “Goldman is the classic example of a … Continue reading

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NFC North Starters and Other Points of View

Bears Blair Sheade at the Chicago Sun-Times relays Kevin White potential rookie of the year talk. Nothing like managing expectations. Jeff Dickerson at ESPN asks new special teams coordinator Jeff Rogers if he likes any of the players you inherited … Continue reading

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Some Truth in Those Damned Lies

As many long time readers of this blog know, I’m a firm believer in the well known Benjamin Disraeli proverb that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. But having said that, it can be interesting … Continue reading

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No Holes but the Soil Is Pretty Loose

Hub Arkush at chicagofootball.com answers your questions: “From @chwtom: What do you see as the biggest remaining holes on the team? Any options to fill those? “There is no proven depth behind Matt Forte or Martellus Bennett and I don’t … Continue reading

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What to Do with the Middle of the Bears Offensive Line?

Jeff Dickerson at ESPN is reviewing the Bears position-by-position. He starts with the offensive line where he highlights the guard position: “Two-time Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long and left tackle Jermon Bushrod should return to their customary spots in … Continue reading

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