November 29, 2012 |
With injuries to guards Lance Louis and Chris Spencer and the loss of Chilo Rachal, the Bears ended last week's game playing Edwin Williams and former starting right tackle Gabe Carimi at guard. To bolster their line, they signed former Dallas Pro Bowler Andre Gurode, who now occupies Rachal's old locker. RedEye sat down with the 33-year-old to hear his thoughts on returning to the NFL, playing for the Bears, and why his major in ethnic studies and double minor in psychology and sociology might come in handy on Sundays.
November 26, 2012 |
After two straight crushing losses, especially from an offensive standpoint, the Bears needed time to clear their heads before hosting Minnesota on Sunday. And that in no way was limited to Jay Cutler's concussion situation, though Fox broadcaster Tony Siragusa made light of it during Fox's pregame coverage: Siragusa (to Cutler): "Real quick, how many fingers am I holding up?" Cutler: "Three. " (This appears to be the correct answer.) Siragusa: "All right, you're ready to go. " (Shakes Cutler's hand)
October 24, 2012 |
"If people could see him not just when the cameras are on, yeah, you'd see a different side of him. " That quote from Gabe Carimi came in late September after the loss to the Packers. I was gathering material for a column on what "Happy Jay Cutler" looked like, and Bear after Bear told me Cutler is absolutely a happy, jokey, light-hearted guy - just not always on the field, and not always with the media. Carimi's quote has been in my head for the past month, and during my time around the Bears I've begun to see Cutler's jokey side.
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.
October 7, 2012 |
Time to take a deep breath, Bears fans. Heading into the bye week, Lovie Smith's team is 4-1. That's a far cry from where it felt the Bears might be after the Packers manhandled them in Week 2. Now they have more than two weeks to heal and game-plan before a Monday night throwdown against Detroit on Oct. 22 at Soldier Field. And now that the dust has settled on the first five weeks of the season, let's see who's trending in the NFC North. Bears (4-1) Five defensive touchdowns in the past three games.
September 24, 2012 |
With all the talk about Jay Cutler's emotions, I started thinking: What does a happy Cutler look like? He smiles during news conferences, but they're the kind of smiles Jack Nicholson flashed in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" when he was pretending to take his crazy pill to reassure Nurse Ratched that he was on board with ward policy. So I headed to the locker room after a news conference last week determined to learn more about Happy Jay Cutler. As it happened, I passed Cutler in the hallway.