Monthly Archives: December 2010

In Defense of Jeff Fisher

I always like reading Mike Florio’s blog because he isn’t just aggregating news.  He bring sometimes very strong opinions.  And he feels pretty strongly about Titans coachJeff Fisher: “Some think that, if Fisher is fired in Tennessee, he’ll end up getting the job … Continue reading

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Lockout Threat Has Owners Hiring “Interim” Head Coaches Early

Jaguars owner Jerry Richardson is promising changes in a letter to PSL holders in Jacksonville (via Steve Reed at the Gaston Gazzette).  But Mike Florio at questions Richardson’s commitment: “‘I want all of you to know that we plan to look at every aspect of our organization,’ … Continue reading

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Urlacher Confident Despite Big Plays by Lions

From Brian Urlacher via Vaughn McClure at the Chicago Tribune: “I was pissed off a halftime (of the Lions game), too. But it was three plays: the long run by Jahvid Best and the two passes, with the Calvin Johnson touchdown. That’s all they had … Continue reading

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Penalty or Not, Lions Lack of Discipline Yet Another Reason Why They Don’t Win

Kudos to Brian Van Ochten writing for the Grand Rapids Press at for nailing the real issue behind Ndamukong Suh’s unnecessary roughness penalty: “In the fourth quarter, referee Ed Hochuli didn’t hesitate to toss his flag upon seeing Lions superstar rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh take what appeared … Continue reading

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Bears Ability to Stop the Run Huge in Lions Victory

That may sound like a rather obvious and mundane headline.  But its not.  Here’s why via Dan Pompei at the Chicago Tribune: “The Bears played their nickel defense on 72 percent of the Lions’ snaps. “The Bears used nickel in … Continue reading

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Bears Road Game Against the Lions Had Home Game Feel

From The Detroit News: “Chants of ‘Let’s go, Bears,’ rang throughout the day, occasionally getting shouted out by Lions fans. At several points Bears defensive players were imploring the crowd to make some noise. “‘Chicago is a close town, only … Continue reading

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Vikings Peaking at Wrong Time for Bears

Though the Bears have generally met teams at the right times this year, their luck may run out against the Vikings on the road in two weeks.  The Vikings played like dogs early in the season, most notably losing twice to … Continue reading

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Earl Bennett Tries to be “the Quarterback’s Friend”

Fred Mitchell at the Chicago Tribune got this interesting quote from wide receiver Earl Bennett after Sunday’s game: “I try to be the quarterback’s friend and he just kept throwing me the ball. I just want to make plays. The coaches kept calling great plays and … Continue reading

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Bears Contain Lion’s Playmakers in Win

Its hard to point to one but Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune pointed out what I thought was probably (collectively) the most important reason why the Bears beat the Lions yesterday in hisFour Downs feature: “The Bears were resilient on defense. Charles Tillman blew outside contain … Continue reading

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Smith Motivates Bears at Halftime the Way a Good Head Coach Should

Mike Mulligan at the Chicago Sun-Times addresses head coach Lovie Smith‘s half-time motivational technique: “Bears coach Lovie Smith isn’t one to get caught up in extremes of emotion, but that didn’t stop him from directing some well-chosen words at his defense at halftime … Continue reading

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