Author Archives: Tom Shannon

Reading Between the Lines

Steve Rosenbloom interprets what I thought were some fairly innocuous comments from former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher for the Chicago Tribune: And he does hate the Bears, or at least the quarterback and general manager. We know this because he … Continue reading

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Organizational Reaction to the Problems on Defense Is a Good Sign for the Future

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune urges Bear fans to give defensive coordinator Mel Tucker a chance to see what he can do with the defense: “The Jaguars ranked sixth in the NFL on defense under Tucker in 2011 after … Continue reading

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Trestman Needs to Take More Control of the Defense in 2014

As I noted in my previous post today the Bears have emerged from 2 weeks of meetings with a plan for 2014. We don’t know all of the details but we do know that replacing defensive coordinator Mel Tucker isn’t … Continue reading

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How the Bears Will Fix the Defense

Last Month I constructed a post entitled “Everyone Sees the Problem. The Question Is How to Solve It.” We now know the answer to that question, at least as far as the 2014 Bears are concerned. Adam L. Jahns at … Continue reading

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Coaching and Job Searches Show Owners Taking More Control, Trouble for Fans

Dan Pompei at the Bleacher Report addresses the Browns coaching search with this interesting nugget: "The Browns have a group of interviewers dealing with head-coach candidates. Included in the group are team CEO Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi. … Continue reading

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Shea McClellin Will See Time at Linebacker Next Year

Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune addresses the future of rookie linebacker Jonathan Bostic. As he does so, he drops a piece of news about defensive end Shea McClellin: “[Bostic’s] future could be at outside linebacker, Emery has said, because … Continue reading

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Lions to Interview Munchak

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Lions will interview former Titans head coach Mike Munchak for their head coaching position. Some will remember that Munchak was refused permission to interview (and probably hire) former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice for … Continue reading

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When Good Isn’t Good Enough

Rob Demovsky at ESPN breaks down the Packers-49ers game, concentrating upon the defense: “’I have to give credit to [defensive coordinator] Dom [Capers] because he called a heck of a game,” Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji said. “I’m sorry we … Continue reading

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Safety Valve Targets as a Part of Bears Offensive Improvement

Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune discusses the Bears offense going forward: “The Bears allowed only 30 sacks and finished fifth in the NFL in passing yardage at 4,281 and sixth in passer rating at 96.9. “A big part of … Continue reading

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Should the Bears Move to the 3-4?

Jacob Long at Yahoo Sports discusses the possibility that the Bears will move to the 3-4 defense. This is a good analysis. The Bears are closer to 3-4 personnel than I thought. I think I’m starting to entertain the idea … Continue reading

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