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What Do the Bears Have Left to Do on the Defensive Line? It Still Depends on the Scheme.

Arthur Arkush at chicagofootball.com takes a look at the Bears remaining needs on defense. Here’s what he said about the defensive line: “The Bears apparently have big plans for Jeremiah Ratliff, one of two holdovers singled out by John Fox … Continue reading

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What Is the Future at Center?

Hub Arkush at chicagofootball.com answers your questions: “From @ReynoldsM2112: Chance Bears cut [Roberto] Garza? “Not at the moment, because there are no other centers on the team. People continue to ignore the fact Brian de la Puente is still a free … Continue reading

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How to Know a Loser When You See One

Hub Arkush at chicagofootball.com answers your questions: “From @abchildebrandt: Is it possible that Fox could be the ‘dad’ figure that gets Jay turned around? Or is all hope lost?” “Here’s the thing the Cutler haters constantly ignore. Among Ron Turner, … Continue reading

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Is Mike Wallace the Final Piece of the Vikings Puzzle?

Mark Craig at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wonders whether the Vikings signing Mike Wallace was a good idea: “For a guy who scored 60 million bucks a couple of years ago, Mike Wallace sure sounds like he spends way too much … Continue reading

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Greg Hardy Said to Be “Unmanageable” by Former Teammate

Now that the Cowboys have signed defensive end Greg Hardy it’s appropriate to ask if it was worth the risk. Todd Archer at ESPN poses that very question to former Carolina Panthers teammate Ben Hartsock: “‘Well, I think that’s a … Continue reading

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Head-Scratcher? And Other Points of View.

Bears According the Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune the Bears signed free agent guard Vlad Ducasse. Ducasse was drafted in the second round in 2010 by the Jets and played well but has struggled ever since. He shows flashes … Continue reading

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The Bears Reasonable Approach to Free Agency and Other Points of View

Bears Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune gives the details of the Bears first three free agent signings of 2015. The interested observer will note that each of these contracts is about as front-loaded as you could make them. None … Continue reading

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Podcasting with Next Fan Up

It was my pleasure to join the inaugural episode of Next Fan Up, a new podcast put together by former ESPN producer Jay Soderberg.  You can listen here: Next Fan Up – produced by Jay “Pod Vader” Soderberg -… • /r/eagles … Continue reading

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Not the Only Thing. Thank Goodness. And Other Points of View.

Bears The signing of new outside linebacker/defensive lineman Pernell McPhee reminded me ominously of the Lamarr Houston. The description of the versatility of each was so similar it was chilling. But Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune put me more … Continue reading

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Insanity

No one ever said that you have to be completely mentally balanced to play in the National Football League. And Matt Slauson is a stark, raving lunatic. Via Dan Cahill at the Chicago Sun-Times: “[Jay Cutler] can be every bit … Continue reading

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