Author Archives: Tom Shannon

Will the Real Bears Please Stand Up? And Other Points of View.

Bears Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune points out that rookie Brock Vereen played 16 snaps as a nickel back last Sunday after cornerback Charles Tillman was lost to injury. I’d no idea that Vereen, normally a safety, was spending … Continue reading

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Game Comments: Bears at 49ers 9/14/14

Offense Start on the ground. The 49ers played straight up seven in the box and stopped it. The 49ers keyed on Forte and just didn’t let him do much of anything. Bears had slightly more success in the short passing … Continue reading

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The Need for Help and Other Points of View

Bears Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune reads my mind on the problems that the Bears have had defending the run: “Dating to last season, we’ve heard coach Marc Trestman, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and various players refer to problems … Continue reading

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The Balance of Power and Other Points of View

Bears Patrick Finley at the Chicago Sun-Times quotes Bears linebacker Lance Briggs: “Asked on his Comcast television show about a radio report he was out partying until 4 a.m. Saturday, linebacker Lance Briggs said that ‘what I do on my … Continue reading

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Don’t Jump! And Other Points of View.

Bears Adam L. Jahns at the Chicago Sun-Times didn’t exactly come out and say it. But the messages was clear in the headline: “Bears’ defensive miscues felt like a mistake to the heart“: “It was running back Fred Jackson’s 38-yard … Continue reading

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Game Comments: Buffalo at Chicago 9/7/14

Defense The Bills came out running which is the natural thing to do when facing what was one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. They didn’t hide it with some straight out power run formations and the Bears … Continue reading

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Lesson Learned and Other Points of View

Bears Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “Why was Kelvin Hayden re-signed and not offensive line depth given the current situation? Did Phil Emery explain the thought process behind this? — @BDGDEB from Twitter “Good question. One … Continue reading

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Leadership? I Don’t See It. And Other Points of View.

Bears Patrick Finley at the Chicago Sun-Times quotes Jay Cutler when asked about his 86 rating on Madden 15: “You guys are bored.” Amen. Hub Arkush at chicagofootball.com asks some timely and relevant special teams questions: “The Bears are clearly … Continue reading

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A Guess at the Final Cuts

With the final preseason game upon us, I thought it might be interesting to take a look and see if I could come up with a list of 22 final cuts to get the roster down to 53. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Cutting the Defense Some Slack and Other Points of View

Bears Defensive end Willie Young explains the catch 22 when it comes to generating a disciplined pass rush to keep a quarterback like Russell Wilson in the pocket while generating sufficient pressure. Via Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune: “‘It’s … Continue reading

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