- Michael C. Wright at ESPNChicago.com goes into detail about how the Bears need to handle the blitz Sunday.
- Steve Rosenbloom at the Chicago Tribune thinks that the Bears should still clean house if they lose Sunday.
- Mike Mulligan at the Chicago Sun-Times gives us some things to look for Sunday. The section at the end focusing on what the Bears do with different personnel packages is particularly interesting.
- Norman Chad, writing as a guest columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, addresses the Seahawks-Bears matchup. Its wroth reading for the shots at Mike Mayock but the Bears win by 30 points?
- Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune quotes former director of college scouting Greg Gabriel, now at the National Football Post, on how the Bears ended up missing out on Packers running back James Starks:
“’I was on the phone for a minute or so with Starks when [general manager Jerry] Angelo walked in my office and told me he had changed his mind and was drafting [quarterback Dan] LeFevour,’ Gabriel wrote. ‘I put Starks on hold, and then said to Angelo that [contract negotiator Cliff] Stein already had talked to the agent and I had the player on the phone. We couldn’t do business like that. He said he was sorry, but he decided he wanted LeFevour and the card had been turned in.
“’I then had to tell the player (a player that I had developed a good relationship with over the previous two years) that in fact we were not drafting him. Hearing a kid go from being extremely excited to silence was not easy. It was the most embarrassing moment I had experienced while scouting. In my mind everything is about integrity, and I felt our integrity had been damaged.’”
- Steve Rosenbloom at the Chicago Tribune covers the Bears for the investors:
“’The Bears won a lot of games this year, but didn’t get a lot of respect,’ said John Avello, director of race and sports book operations for the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. “I don’t see them losing this game. The only X factor for me is (Bears quarterback Jay) Cutler. He can make some bad decisions. He doesn’t have to do that in a game like this.
Exactly. If Cutler tries to do too much on the big stage, it will be the surest path to disaster for the Bears.
- Vaughn McClure at the Chicago Tribune writes that the Bears need to emphasize the running game more this time around against the Seahawks:
“[Matt] Forte still managed 91 yards on 15 carries in that defeat, and he carries the momentum of averaging 5.8 yards per attempt over his last three games. But [Chester] Taylor, the team’s designated short-yardage runner, has to be more productive, especially against a Seattle team that ranked 21st in the league against the run.
“’I don’t know if I have to do anything differently,’ said Taylor, who has played in four career playoff games. ‘I just have to make a play whenever I get the ball. That’s it.’’’
And, of course, he has to hope the coaches haven’t called a time out when he does.
- Why the Colts really lost. I still think she should be a linebacker.
- Congratulations to former Bear Ron Rivera on being hired as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. The Bears will face Carolina next season at Soldier Field.
- Rivera will be using a 4-3 scheme, presumably similar to what he used with the Bears, rather than the 3-4 he coached in San Diego.
- Tedy Bruschi says that Bill Belichick actually respects Rex Ryan. Whatever… :
- Marshawn Lynch’s run was more like something you’d see in a popular video game:
- Former Bears wide receiver coach and current Kansas City head coach Todd Haley may call the plays next year. That should help him attract a competent offensive coordinator.
One Final Thought
Fred Mitchell at the Chicago Tribune overheard this:
“New Cubs pitcher Matt Garza on WGN-AM 720′s ‘Sports Night’ when he was asked about people who say he is too emotional: ‘When you care about something as much as I care about pitching, you get emotional. I don’t think of it as emotion. I think of it as passion. I’m very passionate for what I do because I love what I do. People who love their jobs are very passionate about their jobs. They are going to pour their heart and soul into their job. That’s the way that I feel about it.’”
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