Author Archives: Tom Shannon

Wishing for More Honor Among Men and Other Points of View

Bears Hub Arkush at chicagofootball.com never makes half-hearted statements: “Fans and some media who keep suggesting if the defense can just be a little better, maybe just average, that it makes the Bears a contender are nuts. “Average defenses don’t … Continue reading

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Two Sides of the Same Coin and Other Points of View

Bears Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune follows my own thoughts on the back up quarterback competition: “The battle figures to be between [Jordan] Palmer and [Jimmy] Clausen, with performances in exhibition games weighing significantly. Palmer remains in the lead … Continue reading

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Just “Skip” “Bayless” and Other Points of View

Bears I’ve paid as little attention as possible to the Chris Kluwe situation because in all liklihood, neither side will turn out to be in the right. Kluwe sounds, and has always sounded, like he’s a little less than balanced … Continue reading

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The Way to Answer a Simple Question and Other Points of View

Bears Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune interviews Bears head coach Mark Trestman. Its pretty evident that Trestman is reticent about talking relationships with individual players. But ask him about team building and you get a soliloquy. I thought this … Continue reading

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The Competition at Tight End and Other Points of View

Bears Terry (*cough*Tank*cough*) Johnson seems to have grown up quite a bit since he was a Bear.  From Darin Gantt at profootballtalk.com. Speaking of former Bears, Tommy Harris is set up to own a new FXFL team.  Via Mike Florio … Continue reading

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Trestman Still Seeing the Game from the Offensive Side and Other Points of View

Bears Patrick Finley at the Chicago Sun-Times reports that defensive backs coach Jon Hoke shoulders some of the blame for Chris Conte’s poor performance last year: “Hoke said he should’ve done a better job coaching last year, when, he said, … Continue reading

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Probably Should Have Just Made Brad Biggs a Co-Author and Other Points of View

Bears Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “As I look at the Bears’ schedule, I see two tough games: San Francisco and New England. Do you see any others and do you think the Bears will win the division … Continue reading

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Bears Working to Counter Issues of Depth

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “Depth seems to be a key issue for NFL teams in playoff contention every year.  Where do you see the biggest depth risk for the Bears?  Wide receiver, offensive line or … Continue reading

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The Limited Use of Statistics and Other Points of View

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune answers your questions: “Right tackle seemed to me to be the weakest of the all the offensive starting positions in 2013. I believe an upgrade there would significantly improve the offense. Are they satisfied … Continue reading

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Tough Love for Lance Briggs and Other Points of View

Dan Pompei at the Bleacher Report provides us with a little more insight into wide receiver Brandon Marshall’s role with the team. “What is less known [than his prowess as a receiver] is Marshall has been a positive influence on … Continue reading

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