Author Archives: Tom Shannon

The Limited Use of Statistics and Other Points of View

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “Right tackle seemed to me to be the weakest of the all the offensive starting positions in 2013. I believe an upgrade there would significantly improve the offense. Are they satisfied … Continue reading

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Tough Love for Lance Briggs and Other Points of View

Dan Pompei at the Bleacher Report provides us with a little more insight into wide receiver Brandon Marshall’s role with the team. “What is less known [than his prowess as a receiver] is Marshall has been a positive influence on … Continue reading

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Optimism Reigns and Other Points of View

Here’s an excellent question for Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune: “If the draft is how you build a franchise, then why is there not more coverage of a teams’ scouts? I don’t mean fluff or assassination jobs, just journalism … Continue reading

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How “Welcome” Will Fuller Be?

Patrick Finley at the Chicago Sun-Times quotes head coach Marc Trestman on the entrance of cornerback Kyle Fuller into the locker room: “Fuller said he’s looking forward to meeting the team’s veterans in the coming weeks. He had heard from [Tim] Jennings but not … Continue reading

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Kromer, Meyer, and Trestman All Expand Their Responsibilities in 2014

Apparently the Bears have cut the media loose on the coaching staff during their weekend rookie camp after a long vacation away.  Both head coach Mark Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer were questioned closely about Kromer’s title change (he’s … Continue reading

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Mel Tucker and Reggie Herring Send Conflicting Schematic Signals. Sort of.

Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker did a far ranging interview with Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune on a wide variety of subjects.  Much of the focus was on a few tantalizing details about some of the schematic changes the defense is headed for. … Continue reading

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Finding (Dis)Comfort with Teddy Bridgewater

Dan Pompei at Sports on Earth describes how the Minnesota Vikings found comfort with drafting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater: “Physical skills are necessary to play quarterback, but through the years [offensive coordinator Norv] Turner has come to value the mental aspects of the game … Continue reading

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The Underrated Matt Forte and Other Points of View

The writers at the Chicago Tribune are interviewing the former college coaches of the various Bears draft picks. I particularly liked this one from Dan Wiederer with Minnesota defensive backs coach Jay Sawvel on safety Brock Vereen. It went beyond … Continue reading

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Bears Roster Moves Likely Still Aren’t Over

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “Out of the eight draft picks and nine undrafted rookie free agents, the Bears came away with only one safety. Are they set at safety? — @rodegu from Twitter “The Bears … Continue reading

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What the Bears Draft Picks Tell Us about the 2014 Defense and Other Points of View

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune interviews current LSU and former Bears defensive line coach Brick Haley about second round pick Ego Ferguson: “Q: Does he project as a nose tackle in this defense in your opinion? “BH: “I would … Continue reading

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