Author Archives: Tom Shannon

Talking Bears with Ramona Rice

I had the privilege of spending some time recently with Ramona Rice (@SportsGalPal). We braided each other’s hair and stayed up all night talking boys. Or not. This one’s only 20 minutes so you get to find out what I really … Continue reading

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“The Drill with the Bell” and Other Points of View

Bears Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune rightfully describes the Bears situation after the third exhibition game as abysmal. The most significant highlights: “This team is short on talent, and you didn’t need to watch the most significant of the … Continue reading

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Quick Comments: Bears at Bengals 8/29/15

Defense Once again the defensive starters were simply a step too slow all over the field.  We can only hope that the players will be able to play faster with time spent in the defensive scheme. The defensive line was … Continue reading

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A Few Things to Watch For: Bears at Bengals

The Bears were feeling pretty good about themselves after Saturday’s exhibition win over the Colts. But after they reportedly came out on the short end in two days of practice leading up to the game, I’m inclined to think that … Continue reading

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Quick Game Comments: Bears at Colts 8/22/15

The Bears looked pretty good in general through most of the first quarter but it was as much because of the sluggishness with which the Colts hit the field as it was because of the Bears’ play. Once the Colts … Continue reading

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Preseason Game Two: A Few Things to Concentrate On

Bears-Indianapolis Game Preview There are a number of competitions for starting spots still up in the air on defense and none is more intense than the one at starting safety opposite Antrel Rolle. Brock Vereen started against the Dolphins last … Continue reading

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Preseason Game One: A Few Things to Concentrate On

If there’s one thing that sticks out about the Bears entering the 2015 NFL preseason, its that youth is being served everywhere. Despite having a reputation for being reluctant to start rookies, it appears that Bears head coach John Fox … Continue reading

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Previewing the Dolphins Game: “I Tell ‘Ya I Get No Respect. No Respect at All.”

There were 11 people in the Dolphins photo when Ndamukong Suh signed his contract. And none of them was named Joe Philbin. After playing a game of “Where’s Waldo” the press finally spotted Philbin in the room. Philbin was in … Continue reading

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Previewing the Dolphins Game: The Defense

The Miami Dolphins ranked 12th in total defense in the NFL last year. That was primarily because they were 6th in the league against the pass. However they were 24th against the run.  If the rush defense was the primary deficiency, … Continue reading

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Previewing the Dolphins Game: The Offense

The Miami Dolphins ranked 14th in total offense in the NFL last year. They played with reasonably good balance in that they were 17th in passing and 12th in rushing, being almost equally mediocre in both – statistically that is. … Continue reading

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