Author Archives: Tom Shannon

When Just Drafting a Quarterback Isn’t Enough

Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune passes on comments from Bears general manager Ryan Pace indicating that he will likely take a quarterback in the NFL draft in five weeks. He’s not ruling out Marcus Mariota in the first round: … Continue reading

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Bad Drafts May Mean Bad Things for the Lions

The Bears aren’t the only ones who have blown a lot of draft picks recently. In fact, its amazing that the Lions have had the recent success that they have, given their dismal record. Josh Katzenstein at the Detroit News … Continue reading

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Another Example of How Statistics Lie

John McTigue at ESPN Stats and Information thinks that Oakland should give up on quarterback Derek Carr and draft Marcus Mariota: “On the surface Carr’s rookie campaign compares favorably to other recent seasons by rookie QBs. He threw fewer interceptions … Continue reading

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The Rich Get Richer. The Bears Don’t. Yet.

Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears once again received no compensatory draft picks. These can be as high as third round picks depending upon the nature of the lost free agents the year before. For instance, … Continue reading

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Digital NFL? I’m Game.

Patrick Finley at the Chicago Sun-Times reports one of the more under the radar moves from the league meetings in Arizona: “It was one of two major broadcasting changes decided at the Arizona Biltmore on Monday. The league announced that … Continue reading

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Covering Up the Theft

Patrick Finley at the Chicago Sun-Times reports on the “rewording” of the definition of a catch at the league meetings in Arizona: “The NFL Competition Committee has not changed the rule of what constitutes a catch, but tweaked the wording. … Continue reading

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Hard Things to Say About Soft Facts

z I’m a Bears fan. But every once in a while, I have to write a post that really angers other Bears fans. This is going to be one of those. Consider yourself warned. What is getting me started today … Continue reading

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Sign and Develop Seems to Be John Fox’s Way

Bears head coach John Fox comments on the current state of the roster. Via Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune: “‘We have a lot of needs,’ Fox said Saturday night at the NFL owners meeting. ‘There are still a lot … Continue reading

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No, They’re Not Kidding. And Other Points of View.

Bears The Bears re-signed Dante Rosario. Rosario’s value is really on special teams and the Bears probably still need to find a tight end who can block the run. From Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune. Hub Arkush at chicagofootball.com … Continue reading

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Can’t Blame a Guy for Trying

Dan Hanzus at nfl.com writes that Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith is looking at more than quarterbacks in the draft: “‘I just know I can see why people would assume that we are going to take a quarterback,’ Smith … Continue reading

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