Author Archives: Tom Shannon

A Dissenting Voice on Ray McDonald

Adam L. Jahns at the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Bears defensive end Ray McDonald has been cleared of violating the NFL player conduct policy by the league office. The Bears signed McDonald after three runins with the law in seven … Continue reading

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Drafting Pass Rush Is a Priority. But at What Price?

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune puts up his mock draft. Here are his top 10 picks: 1. Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State 2. Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon 3. Jaguars: Dante Fowler, DE, Florida 4. Raiders: Leonard Williams, … Continue reading

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Transition to the 3-4 Defense May Be Over Blown

Hub Arkush at makes me feel a bit better about the Bears transition to a 3-4 defense as he talks about the variations in the scheme: “The original 3-4 defenses were very different from the 4-3 and even many … Continue reading

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Leonard Williams Would Make Bears Fans Smile

Todd McShay looks to bring great joy to Chicago in his latest mock draft: “Leonard Williams Chicago Bears (5-11) COLLEGE: USC Class: Jr HT: 6-4 WT: 302 POS: DE “Analysis: To be clear: Williams dropping to No. 7 here has … Continue reading

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New Schedule Offers Bears Fans a Chance to Get Some Rest

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune reviews the newly released Bears 2015 season schedule: “The Bears went from being a big draw for networks in prime time, playing five night games in 2014 and 12 over the three seasons before … Continue reading

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Some Creativity May Be Required to Find Safety Help As Well

In an earlier post, I highlighted the Bears need at safety. However, the safety class in this year’s draft is rather thin. I thought that Kevin Fishbain at came up with an intersting solution to this delema in his … Continue reading

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Doug Buffone Was a Rare Bird

Fred Mitchell and Peter Nickeas at the Chicago Tribune report on the passing of former Bears linebacker Doug Buffone: “‘It seemed to me he was lucky that he never had any serious injuries while he played with me,’ Dick Butkus said. ‘He had like bird legs but a … Continue reading

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Secrets to Success In Football No Different that Anywhere Else: Prepare and Grind

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell once said, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” The guess here is that few people know that better than football coaches. … Continue reading

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Bears Might Not Want to Find Themselves to Be Too Much On a Rolle Next Season

Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune reviews the Bears situation at safety: “Both general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox were ecstatic to land 10-year veteran Antrel Rolle during free agency, adding talent and stability to the defense’s back … Continue reading

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Bears May Look to Miami as a NFL Draft Trading Partner and Other Points of View.

Bears Will Brinson at CBS Sports rates wide receiver David Terrell as the worst Bears first round draft pick in the last 25 years. I don’t see how he beat out Michael Haynes and Cade McNown but it must have … Continue reading

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