Author Archives: Tom Shannon

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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Warranted Optimism Surrounds the New Bears Coaching Staff

Mark Potash at the Chicago Sun-Times writes a good article about the optimism surrounding new coaching staff. The piece is particularly impressive in its scope and perspective. Amongst the quotes which stuck out was this one from left guard Matt … Continue reading

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All Triumphs Great and Small

I’m not one to put much stock in training camp reports. It’s a time of year when everything is sunshine and rainbows and unless you live in southern California, the sun doesn’t shine every day. Having said that, I very … Continue reading

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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby. But Not Long Enough.

Groucho Marx once famously said that “Women should be obscene and not heard.” Fortunately, women have never taken his advice. At least not the second part. The recent news that Jen Welter will join the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff for the … Continue reading

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The Bears May Learn the Real Meaning of the Term “Accountability” in 2015

John Mullin at csnchicago.com surprises me as he writes about where the Bears will find leadership this year. Near the end of the article, he addresses the change in the coaching staff in uncharacteristically forthright terms: “If you don’t think … Continue reading

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Surprising New Positional Placements Already Show Themselves as Training Camp Opens

John Mullin at csnchicago.com posts the intriguing idea that some of the draft picks from the Phil Emery era that appeared to have been on their way to busting might actually benefit from the scheme change on defense. In particular … Continue reading

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Are the Bears Really the Worst Team in the NFL?

I’m sorry for my long absence from this space but they’ve been asking me to work for a living this summer and my life has been busy.  You may, however, rest assured that I’ve been following Bears news very closely. … Continue reading

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Disconnect #1: The Bears Will Have Offensive Success Running the Ball

I’ve never been one to post too this site simply for the sake of posting. And I haven’t posted much lately largely because there isn’t much to post about. The offseason is just that and if you need any evidence … Continue reading

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The One-Sided Nature of the NFL Compensation Structure Explained

John Mullin at csnchicago.com takes a thoughtful and interesting look at the contract situations of both running back Matt Forte and tight end Martellus Bennett. One general statement that he makes stands out to me: “Understand that the matter of … Continue reading

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