Author Archives: Tom Shannon

Mock Draft Round 2: If Only the Bears Needed Offense…

…but if ifs and buts were candy and nuts wouldn’t it be a Merry Christmas. As previously mentioned, I’m participating in a mock draft with 32 other knowledgable fans.  In the first round I took a very talented but less … Continue reading

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Inside the Head of Michael Vick Is a Scary Place

Mike Florio at profootballtalk.com on Jets quarterback Michael Vick‘s apparent concession of the starting job to Geno Smith: “Maybe Vick, who has had a hard time making up his mind about which jersey number to wear, will change his mind once or twice, or … Continue reading

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Playing GM Isn’t As Easy As It Looks on TV

English prime minister Benjamin Disraeli once said, “How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.” The man wasn’t joking. I’ve been participating in a 4 round mock draft with a group of fans associated with ESPN’s … Continue reading

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Peppers Makes Packers an Even More Troublesome Opponent in 2014

Packer’s general manager Ted Thompson addresses the addition of former Beas defensive end Julius Peppers in the offseason: “Well, 34 is not so old,” Thompson said. “Not for some of us. There’s no evidence of any decline in his play, in our … Continue reading

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Bears Continue to Innovate with Clever Negotiating Tricks

An interesting note from Patrick Finley at the Chicago Sun-Times: Earlier this month, [the Bears] signed Saints center [Brian] de la Puente, who started every game the last two seasons, to a one-year contract. They’ll pay him $730,001, per players … Continue reading

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Defensive Scheme May Dictate Safety First

Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune speculates as to what general manager Phil Emery’s first round pick will tell us about their plans on defense: “It would be fascinating if, by some measure of good fortune, the Bears went on the clock … Continue reading

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Brad Biggs Mailbag: Draft Order Quirks and the Pass Defense

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune had a particularly interesting “Mail Bag” this morning.  A few questions are worth highlighting: “Why is it that the Bears have the 14th pick in the first round but the 19th pick in the second? — @neilhelbraun … Continue reading

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Paul Richardson Is Phil Emery’s Kind of Prospect

Though some may argue that the Bears have their third wide receiver on the sorer already in Marquess Wilson but Wilson hasn’t shown anything, yet.   Add the fact that Brandon Marshall is entering the last year of his contract … Continue reading

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The Case for Drafting a Safety

Dan Pompei makes a pretty good case for making safety a top defensive priority in today’s NFL for Sports on Earth: “Athletic safeties are becoming weapons in their own right. In fact, a defensive coordinator really can’t be much of … Continue reading

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Need Vs. Best Available? It All Depends.

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “I am very excited to have [defensive end Jared] Allen in the fold. What do you expect the defensive end rotation to look like? I assume Allen and [Lamarr] Houston are … Continue reading

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