April 18, 2013 |
This is great time of year for me. Not so cold that I freeze my paws off, not so hot that I'm sweating through my fur. Also, the Bears schedule is here! Here now, my picks for the 2013 season: Sept. 8 vs. Cincinnati: W Sept. 15 vs. Minnesota: W Sept. 22 at Pittsburgh: L Sept. 29 at Detroit: L Oct. 6 vs. New Orleans: W Oct. 10 vs. N.Y. Giants: L Oct. 20 at Washington: L Nov. 4 at Green Bay: L Nov. 10 vs. Detroit: W Nov. 17 vs. Baltimore: W Nov. 24 at St. Louis: W Dec. 1 at Minnesota: W Dec. 9 vs. Dallas: W Dec. 15 at Cleveland: W Dec. 22 at Philadelphia: W Dec. 29 vs. Green Bay: L So the Bears will go 10-6 . Not bad. Not great, but not bad. The worst part is they still can't solve Green Bay. The good news is, the playoffs await!
September 6, 2012 |
All the pieces are in place, Brian Urlacher is back practicing, and Indy comes to town to kick off the 2012 season. Everybody happy. Big-time receivers in the house, Matt Forte and Jay Cutler happy … new offensive coaches who aren't offensive, everybody happy. Great special teams as always, offensive line is OK, everybody happy. Except I'm not happy. You're telling me a GM comes in from out of nowhere and in a matter of months addresses every major need, almost overnight seems to modernize the franchise?
December 2, 2012 |
I was walking through the service level hallway in the bowels of Soldier Field heading to the locker room for postgame interviews when a roar ripped round the stadium. "Oh man!" shouted a stadium employee about the Bears, who trailed Seattle 17-14 with 20 seconds remaining. "I think they scored!" They had not, but Brandon Marshall had hauled in a pass and dashed 56 yards on the first play of the Bears' final, desperate drive, and now Soldier Field was shaking with maniacal glee. "Holy crap!"
December 26, 2013 |
The nightmare scenario is upon us. Aaron Rodgers returns Sunday for the Packers, and the Bears will not be able to stop him. That's because the Bears can't stop anybody. My favorite reaction from the Bears stomping by the Eagles was this: "Let's burn the tape. " Yeah, let's burn the tape. Hey, Jay Cutler, when your agent sits down with the Bears and pitches a ridiculous contract, I'd like to say, "Um, sorry Jay, didn't get a chance to review your performance this year. We burned the tapes.
January 12, 2014 |
Welp, the Bears paid Jay Cutler. Paid him like they landed on Boardwalk with three hotels and a Risk ten-army on top. (You make some rules changes to get through Chicago winters.) And whether or not you agree they overpaid for No. 6, all Bears fans can agree the defense has to get fixed real quick-like. With the 14th pick in the upcoming draft, the Bears have a shot at a great playmaker on defense, such as Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Florida defensive end Dominique Easley, or even Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
January 23, 2012 |
Before you lose patience with the Bears' general manager search, consider how high the bar's been set for sports brass in this city. Seriously. Chicago has (mostly) figured out that success starts at the top. Kenny Williams, White Sox Give Williams this: He always goes down swinging (insert Adam Dunn joke here). While acquiring the criminally underachieving Dunn, Jake Peavy and Alex Rios has come back to haunt him, Williams still has his 2005 World Series trump card.
August 23, 2012 |
Time for a nice fat reality check Friday. Bears at Giants. Yes, we return to the site where Jay Cutler was sacked nine times and got a concussion. Yes, it's still the preseason. However, it's the nastiest pass rush around. Someone needs to step up, so naturally, I predict Chris Williams and J'Marcus Webb will step back. No way the Bears are as good as they look. Injuries are bugging me. Adam Podlesh, the punter, has hurt his leg. No worries, though, it's just his kicking leg. So, that's weird.
October 18, 2012 |
So long Chris Williams, you will not be missed. That's a harsh way to say goodbye, but the Bears are still in cleansing mode. Cleansing from the brutal, abysmal record of Jerry Angelo's first-round draft picks. After we say goodbye to Williams, we are left with one. One Jerry Angelo first-rounder on the team (not counting Cutler, whom he traded for). One first-rounder in 11 years of drafts. One. Here's the bad news. It's Gabe Carimi. He's already been badly hurt and he's already mediocre.
August 15, 2013 |
Because preseason NFL football barely resembles the real thing most of the time, it can be tough to determine how much stock to put into what you're seeing. That goes double for the Bears' warm-up Thursday against San Diego at Soldier Field, which featured Manti Te'o's return to the Chicago area. We're to help you sort out what resembles a hoax and what deserves your concern. Manti Te'o's injury How real: 4 out of 5 The former Notre Dame linebacker was in a walking boot and sidelined for Thursday's game.
October 17, 2013 |
So our dear Bears travel to Landover, Md., this weeked to take on the struggling Washington Redsk- … nope. That doesn't, I mean, can I just not call them what they're called, please? They're called that thing with the skin color, and it hurts to say it like when you have to swallow a cracker on Day 3 of a blazing case of strep throat. Redskins. They've been called this for 81 years, but in this day and age it's like a drill bit in my ear hole every time Al Michaels says it. The year is 2013.