Author Archives: Tom Shannon

Under the Radar Players and Other Points of View

Bears Gavin Crowell and Stephanie Stremplewski at the Chicago Sun-Times ask Bears rookies which veterans have been most helpful: “David Fales, quarterback: ‘‘Jay Cutler has been great. Anytime you have someone with the experience he does, with that ability and … Continue reading

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Technology for the Sake of Having Technology? And Other Points of View

Bears Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune makes thinks this is a good sign. I would agree: “I want to single out defensive end Jared Allen for two stops he made against the run in third-and-short situational drills. Allen’s affinity … Continue reading

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Defense Helps Offense and Other Points of View

Bears Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribunenotes a few observations from Hall of Fame reciever Michael Irvin: “Irvin pointed out how Marshall uses his size and speed to separate on horizontal routes. At 6-foot-5, Marshall is imposing. So when Marshall … Continue reading

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Depth a Concern at What Some Might Consider to Be a Surprising Position

Potash also notes that reciever Chris Williams had some first-team reps in practice. On a related note, Potash apparently isn’t ready to concede the third reciever positon to Marquess Wilson like the rest of us: “Still waiting for someone to … Continue reading

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Cutler for MVP Talk Just That: Talk

David Haugh at the Chicago Tribune on wide reciever Brandon Marshall‘s “Jay Cutler for MVP” talk: “Offseason signs of growth in Cutler depict the man Marshall describes. But as good as Marshall’s intentions were, casting Cutler the player as a … Continue reading

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Being Tougher Than Tough and Other Points of View

Bears Mark Potash at the Chicago Sun-Times quotes linebackers coach Reggie Herring on Jon Bostic: “Right now, his ability to play any position and be effective — to me, he’s more valuable than any guy I got. He’s the only … Continue reading

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The Things That Make Us Tick and Other Points of View

Bears Bears running backs coach Skip Pete on Matt Forte. Via Dan Wiederer at the Chicago Tribune: “‘The guy has an unbelievable feel for the game. And once he’s seen something, he doesn’t forget it. So early in a game, … Continue reading

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The Underdog Hype Machine Revs Up and Other Points of View

Bears John Mullin at CSNChicago.com points out an interesting fact I hadn’t read anywhere else: “The Bears also introduced a second practice to run simultaneously with the regular one, so that twice the number of players are getting live action … Continue reading

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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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