Author Archives: Tom Shannon

Grasu Will Have to Show that His Best Attributes Extend Beyond High Character

Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune interviews new Bears center Hroniss Grasu‘s offensive line coach at Oregon, Steve Greatwood: “Hroniss first and foremost has been an outstanding teammate and an outstanding leader in this football program. He’s one of those … Continue reading

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Brief Impressions: 2015 NFL Draft

Did someone tell the ESPN crew that there was no smiling allowed on the set? I’ve never seen a more somber first round telecast in my life. There seems to be a belief around the league that second overall pick Marcus Mariota might … Continue reading

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You Can’t Walk Off the Island

I heard a joke the other day that I’d like to pass along as we all consider the consequences of what the Bears did in the NFL draft over the last few days. Joshua was a devout man who had … Continue reading

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More Than Usual, the Bears Draft Was All About the “Develop” Part of “Draft and Develop”

To describe the Bears draft class as a whole, the word “projects” is probably too strong. But it’s clear that the Bears top draft picks are going to need a great deal of work. Let’s start with first round receiver, … Continue reading

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Reaction to Rounds One thru Three

He, guys.  New podcast with reaction to the first three rounds from representatives of the Bears (me), Patriots, Eagles, and Panthers.  Give it a listen. Check Out Football Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Next Fan Up on BlogTalkRadio

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Follow the Money

With the first round of the draft over and with running back Adrian Peterson still on the Vikings, Peterson’s agent Ben Dogra makes it appear that he’s changing tactics. Via Kevin Patra at NFL.com: “‘One of the things that I … Continue reading

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Not Turning the Bears First Round Pick Into Rocket Science

David Haugh at the Chicago Tribune makes a savvy observation about Bears general manager Ryan Pace‘s first NFL draft pick: “General manager Ryan Pace did what he vowed to do, taking the player at the top of his draft board … Continue reading

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Trade Attempt of Jay Cutler Could Have Long-Term Effects

Jerome Blattner once said “A person who trusts no one can’t be trusted.” We’re about to see if and how that applies to the Chicago Bears quarterback situation in the aftermath of their attempt to trade quarterback Jay Cutler to … Continue reading

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The Bears Have a Bad Day. And Other Points of View.

Bears Adam Schefter at ESPN reports that the Bears are “entertaining trade offers” for tight end Martellus Bennett. Bennett has been problematic for the Bears for some time and now isn’t showing up for offseason workouts. The staff at NFL.com … Continue reading

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Pray the Bears Don’t Take a Pass Rusher in the First Round

Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer at NFL.com report that Randy Gregory‘s stock is falling precipitously as teams wonder if he’s got the mental makeup to make the jump to pro football: “The situation for the Cornhusker All-American is like this: The natural … Continue reading

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