Author Archives: Tom Shannon

Niggling Doubts About Antrel Rolle

Nate Atkins at chicagofootball.com interviews new Bears safety Antrel Rolle: “‘I don’t think I was ever involved with a player who was more sincerely interested in how his team could improve,’ Giants coach Tom Coughlin, now in his 31st year … Continue reading

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Hub Arkush: Draft Information Worth Noting

Hub Arkush at chicagofootball.com rips the process of putting together mock drafts. Justifiably. But then gives out some information that he thinks is reasonably reliable based upon sources were willing to go on the record on: “One team’s general manager … Continue reading

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If the Minicamp Doesn’t Affect the Draft, Why Have It Now?

Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune doesn’t think the Bears voluntary minicamp, which starts today, will affect their draft much: “It’s difficult to imagine that much of what happens on the field will affect plans for the draft. General manager … Continue reading

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Martellus Bennett. Again. And Other Points of View.

Bears Regular readers of this blog will know that I participated in a mock draft with other fans around the country representing all 32 teams.  Former ESPN producer Jay Soderberg put us all together to explain our picks in a podcast.  The first 16 … Continue reading

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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 chicagofootball.com 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 chicagofootball.com came up with an intersting solution to this delema in his … Continue reading

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