Author Archives: Tom Shannon

On the Value of Player Introductions and Other Points of View

Bears I’m sure that Jared Allen was due for a veteran’s day off. But they had to give it to the new defensive end that everyone wants to see on Family Night at Soldier Field? Jeremiah Ratliff also got the … Continue reading

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Where Does Being the “Head” Coach Stop and the Interference Begin?

DeAngelo Hall confirms to Comcast Sports Net‘s Chick Hernandez that former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was occasionally overruling defensive coordinator Jim Haslett‘s defensive calls last year. Via Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post: “‘Yeah, I mean, it was probably … Continue reading

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Under the Radar Players and Other Points of View

Bears Gavin Crowell and Stephanie Stremplewski at the Chicago Sun-Times ask Bears rookies which veterans have been most helpful: “David Fales, quarterback: ‘‘Jay Cutler has been great. Anytime you have someone with the experience he does, with that ability and … Continue reading

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Technology for the Sake of Having Technology? And Other Points of View

Bears Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune makes thinks this is a good sign. I would agree: “I want to single out defensive end Jared Allen for two stops he made against the run in third-and-short situational drills. Allen’s affinity … Continue reading

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Defense Helps Offense and Other Points of View

Bears Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribunenotes a few observations from Hall of Fame reciever Michael Irvin: “Irvin pointed out how Marshall uses his size and speed to separate on horizontal routes. At 6-foot-5, Marshall is imposing. So when Marshall … Continue reading

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Depth a Concern at What Some Might Consider to Be a Surprising Position

Potash also notes that reciever Chris Williams had some first-team reps in practice. On a related note, Potash apparently isn’t ready to concede the third reciever positon to Marquess Wilson like the rest of us: “Still waiting for someone to … Continue reading

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Cutler for MVP Talk Just That: Talk

David Haugh at the Chicago Tribune on wide reciever Brandon Marshall‘s “Jay Cutler for MVP” talk: “Offseason signs of growth in Cutler depict the man Marshall describes. But as good as Marshall’s intentions were, casting Cutler the player as a … Continue reading

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Being Tougher Than Tough and Other Points of View

Bears Mark Potash at the Chicago Sun-Times quotes linebackers coach Reggie Herring on Jon Bostic: “Right now, his ability to play any position and be effective — to me, he’s more valuable than any guy I got. He’s the only … Continue reading

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The Things That Make Us Tick and Other Points of View

Bears Bears running backs coach Skip Pete on Matt Forte. Via Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune: “‘The guy has an unbelievable feel for the game. And once he’s seen something, he doesn’t forget it. So early in a game, … Continue reading

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The Underdog Hype Machine Revs Up and Other Points of View

Bears John Mullin at CSNChicago.com points out an interesting fact I hadn’t read anywhere else: “The Bears also introduced a second practice to run simultaneously with the regular one, so that twice the number of players are getting live action … Continue reading

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