Author Archives: Tom Shannon

Paul Richardson Is Phil Emery’s Kind of Prospect

Though some may argue that the Bears have their third wide receiver on the sorer already in Marquess Wilson but Wilson hasn’t shown anything, yet.   Add the fact that Brandon Marshall is entering the last year of his contract … Continue reading

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The Case for Drafting a Safety

Dan Pompei makes a pretty good case for making safety a top defensive priority in today’s NFL for Sports on Earth: “Athletic safeties are becoming weapons in their own right. In fact, a defensive coordinator really can’t be much of … Continue reading

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Need Vs. Best Available? It All Depends.

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “I am very excited to have [defensive end Jared] Allen in the fold. What do you expect the defensive end rotation to look like? I assume Allen and [Lamarr] Houston are … Continue reading

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What the Addition of Brian De La Puente Tells Us

The Bears surprised me yesterday by adding veteran center Brian de la Puente.  From Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune: “De la Puente, the Saints’ starting center the last three seasons, agreed to terms Sunday on a one-year contract for the minimum-salary … Continue reading

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What Will Phil Emery Be Looking For in the Draft? Think Size.

Bears general manager Phil Emery is a tough guy to figure out, especially when it comes to the NFL draft.  Emery has a habit of going his own way.  He sticks to his board and takes the guys he believes … Continue reading

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Age is in Your Mind

Dan Pompei at Sports on Earth tells this story of Seattle head coach Pete Carroll: “True story: At the NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla., a couple weeks ago, one coach of Carroll’s vintage stopped by the bar and complained about … Continue reading

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Why the Bears and Allen Kept Negotiations on the Down Low

Bears general manager Phil Emery discusses the need for secrecy during negotiations with new defensive end Jared Allen.  Via Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune: “‘It does make a difference on any contract situation,’ Emery said, ‘because you remove the pressure of other situations. … Continue reading

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The Bears Defense Now Defined: A Little Talent and a Lot of Vision

Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune writes a nice article on the evolution of the Bears defensive scheme.  He describes what coaches around the league are thinking when they consider what a disruptive defense looks like: “‘Talent is important, but you … Continue reading

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Brandon Marshall Isn’t Going Anywhere

From ESPN.com: “When the Chicago Bears restructured Jay Cutler‘s contract to clear cap space, speculation surfaced that it was to enable the Bears to sign All-Pro receiver Brandon Marshall to a long-term extension. “Instead, Chicago signed free-agent DE Jared Allen … Continue reading

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The Buffalo Bills Will Be for Sale

This item was buried in the Chicago Tribune article covering the death of Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson: “According to the Buffalo News, the team will be placed in a trust, which likely will control the franchise for a minimum of a few … Continue reading

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