Author Archives: Tom Shannon

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 “‘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 … 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 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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NFC North Roundtable

Adam Bringedahl (Detroit Lions), Brian Slattery (Green Bay Packers), Davey Randa (Minnesota Vikings) and I review hot topics currently affecting the NFC North and the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft in this most recent edition of the Next Fan Up podcast. … Continue reading

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Niggling Doubts About Antrel Rolle

Nate Atkins at interviews new Bears safety Antrel Rolle: “‘I don’t think I was ever involved with a player who was more sincerely interested in how his team could improve,’ Giants coach Tom Coughlin, now in his 31st year … Continue reading

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Hub Arkush: Draft Information Worth Noting

Hub Arkush at rips the process of putting together mock drafts. Justifiably. But then gives out some information that he thinks is reasonably reliable based upon sources were willing to go on the record on: “One team’s general manager … Continue reading

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