Author Archives: Tom Shannon

Gabriel Not a Believer in Jameis Winston

Nate Atkins quotes Pro Football Now draft analyst Greg Gabiel who scouted for the Bears and Giants for 26 years on Jameis Winston: “Bill Parcells used to tell me, ‘You’ve only got to be sprayed by the skunk one time … Continue reading

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When Is Due Diligence Called For and When Isn’t It?

Patrick Finley at the Chicago Sun-Times profiles defensive tackle Danny Shelton: “[G]iven that the team will morph into 4-3 defense on nickel and dime situations, the Bears could be cautious drafting someone who could be limited to two downs.” “The … Continue reading

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Draft Day Trade of Cutler? In Some Ways It Makes Sense.

Josh Alper at profootballtalk.com continues to speculate on the possibility that Jay Cutler will be traded. This is, of course, possible and if it is going to happen, it will most likely be close to or during the draft. But … Continue reading

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What if Marcus Mariota Actually Fell to the Seventh Pick? It’s Not an Easy Question Anymore.

Nate Atkins at chicagofootball.com makes the case for the Bears to draft Marcus Mariota if they get the chance: “Mariota will need time to grow, which is just a continuation of the path he’s been on for years. In the … Continue reading

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Forte’s Absence Strengthens the Possibility that the Bears Will Draft a Runningback

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune explains the situation surrounding runningback Matt Forte‘s absence from minicamp: “Forte announced via Twitter that he worked out at Bommarito’s, an athletic performance center in South Florida, and after the Tribune reported he was … Continue reading

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Bucking the NFL Trend at Quarterback

David Climer at The Tennessean looks into the validity of the rumors that the Titans will draft a quarterback of trade for Jay Cutler or Philip Rivers. “Who, then, will be the Tennessee Titans’ starting quarterback when the regular season … Continue reading

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Jay Cutler and Another Example of How Statistics Can Be Worthless

I’ve heard over and over again about how Jay Cutler‘s statistics from last year are better than fans give him credit for. The Bears had the 16th best overall passer rating of any team in the league. Not too bad … Continue reading

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Confusion over the Case of Serial Rapist Darren Sharper

Most of us were surprised and a little disturbed that after drugging and raping nine women in four states, former NFL safety Darren Sharper only got 10 years in a plea deal. But as documented by Mike Florio at profootballtalk.com, … Continue reading

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On the Value of Zone Blocking

Andrew Mason at denverbroncos.com quotes Hall of Fame offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman on the benefits of running a zone blocking scheme. The Bears will do at least some zone blocking this year: “‘It’s going to take a lot of pressure … Continue reading

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Bears Could Use More Like Tillman

Mark Potash at the Chicago Sun-Times quotes former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo on what he saw in cornerback Charles Tillman before drafting him in 2003: “Not the best athlete, not the best hitter, not the smartest player. The best … Continue reading

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