Author Archives: Tom Shannon

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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What the Addition of Brian De La Puente Tells Us

The Bears surprised me yesterday by adding veteran center Brian de la Puente.  From Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune: “De la Puente, the Saints’ starting center the last three seasons, agreed to terms Sunday on a one-year contract for the minimum-salary … Continue reading

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What Will Phil Emery Be Looking For in the Draft? Think Size.

Bears general manager Phil Emery is a tough guy to figure out, especially when it comes to the NFL draft.  Emery has a habit of going his own way.  He sticks to his board and takes the guys he believes … Continue reading

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Age is in Your Mind

Dan Pompei at Sports on Earth tells this story of Seattle head coach Pete Carroll: “True story: At the NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla., a couple weeks ago, one coach of Carroll’s vintage stopped by the bar and complained about … Continue reading

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Why the Bears and Allen Kept Negotiations on the Down Low

Bears general manager Phil Emery discusses the need for secrecy during negotiations with new defensive end Jared Allen.  Via Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune: “‘It does make a difference on any contract situation,’ Emery said, ‘because you remove the pressure of other situations. … Continue reading

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The Bears Defense Now Defined: A Little Talent and a Lot of Vision

Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune writes a nice article on the evolution of the Bears defensive scheme.  He describes what coaches around the league are thinking when they consider what a disruptive defense looks like: “‘Talent is important, but you … Continue reading

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Brandon Marshall Isn’t Going Anywhere

From ESPN.com: “When the Chicago Bears restructured Jay Cutler‘s contract to clear cap space, speculation surfaced that it was to enable the Bears to sign All-Pro receiver Brandon Marshall to a long-term extension. “Instead, Chicago signed free-agent DE Jared Allen … Continue reading

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The Buffalo Bills Will Be for Sale

This item was buried in the Chicago Tribune article covering the death of Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson: “According to the Buffalo News, the team will be placed in a trust, which likely will control the franchise for a minimum of a few … Continue reading

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Bears Have Reason to Hope Wilson Will Develop

Last week I wrote that with the release of wide receiver Earl Bennett, the Bears would be in need of a new third wide receiver. Yesterday at the league meetings head coach Marc Trestman confirmed that wide receiver Marquess Wilson … Continue reading

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Mark Sanchez May Be Right for the Bears. Later.

John Mullen at CSNChicago.com addresses the question of whether Mark Sanchez is in the Bears’s future: “The unknown is whether the Bears may take a flyer on Sanchez because [quarterback coach Matt] Cavanaugh knows him from New York, or take a pass for precisely the same reason: because … Continue reading

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