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July 19, 2012 | By Bag Boy
I do apologize, but I am about to say the six most frightening words ever muttered in Chicago: All the pieces are in place. Please stop screaming. First said in 1996 by then-coach Dave Wannstedt, it - of course - meant the Bears were finally set to make a Super Bowl run. It was a disaster. The QB broke his neck, Bryan Cox was worthless and our kicker was Carlos Huerta. After years of therapy, I have never really recovered from the Wannstedt years. We're talking permanent damage.
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September 16, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
For the past decade, the Bears were the team with great defense and special teams and juuuust enough offense to be competitive. This combo resulted in a couple of close calls, but no Super Bowl wins. The recipe for NFL success changed, and we've bemoaned that fact on a yearly basis. We've bemoaned an offensive line that's given up 50 sacks per season for the past three. And Jay Cutler unfairly has taken much of the blame for the Bears' failures. Then Phil Emery became general manager.
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August 23, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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.
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September 5, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
The great experiment begins. Can the Bears, always known for middle linebackers and running backs, evolve into a modern NFL franchise? One with an offensive-minded head coach, talented QB and modern-thinking GM? Of course not. This is Chicago, and we just don't do this! That won't stop us from trying, so here are some boldless predictions to start the season. Week 1: Home against the Bengals. To seem more like a Bears coach, Marc Trestman changes his name to Mark Trestman.
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September 6, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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?
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September 16, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Two days before the Bears pooped themselves on national TV, a reporter at Halas Hall told Jay Cutler that if he targeted Brandon Marshall as many times per game as he did in Week 1, he would throw to Marshall 240 times. Could he do such a thing? Cutler wasn't sure. But he knew he completed nine of those passes, and that seemed feasible. "What's 9 times 16?" Cutler asked the media. Silence. And more silence. Not one person could answer the question. I myself multiplied 16 by 10 in my head and then subtracted 9, and then I decided that was inaccurate and I had done...
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March 14, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Christmas, Part I is in the books, can't wait for Part II in a month. Part I was the Bears signing free agents - my gosh, I got what I asked for! Twice! I got me a nice, big, sturdy tight end! Martellus Bennett. He can run, catch and block! He's one of those basketball/football combo players. Good, because I really think he should play for the Bulls. With no Derrick Rose, they need all the help they can get. We also have a nice, All Pro left tackle. Jermon Bushrod. It's not an episode of "The Twilight Zone," this is actually happening!
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August 8, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Jay Cutler is going to have the best year of his NFL career in 2013. Whether you love the Bears quarterback or love to hate him, Jay does not care. (DOOOOOOOOESN'T CAAAAAAAARE.) But what's happened around Cutler is what's important in forecasting his near future. 1. The Trestman factor When Marc Trestman arrives at a new team, offensive numbers surge. He became the Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator in 2002 - and 37-year-old Rich Gannon threw for 4,689 yards. When he took over the CFL's Montreal Alouettes in 2008, they scored 610 points in 18 games.
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September 5, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
The great experiment begins. Can the Bears, always known for middle linebackers and running backs, evolve into a modern NFL franchise? One with an offensive-minded head coach, talented QB and modern-thinking GM? Of course not. This is Chicago, and we just don't do this! That won't stop us from trying, so here are some boldless predictions to start the season. Week 1: Home against the Bengals. To seem more like a Bears coach, Marc Trestman changes his name to Mark Trestman.
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September 16, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
For the past decade, the Bears were the team with great defense and special teams and juuuust enough offense to be competitive. This combo resulted in a couple of close calls, but no Super Bowl wins. The recipe for NFL success changed, and we've bemoaned that fact on a yearly basis. We've bemoaned an offensive line that's given up 50 sacks per season for the past three. And Jay Cutler unfairly has taken much of the blame for the Bears' failures. Then Phil Emery became general manager.
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August 8, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Jay Cutler is going to have the best year of his NFL career in 2013. Whether you love the Bears quarterback or love to hate him, Jay does not care. (DOOOOOOOOESN'T CAAAAAAAARE.) But what's happened around Cutler is what's important in forecasting his near future. 1. The Trestman factor When Marc Trestman arrives at a new team, offensive numbers surge. He became the Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator in 2002 - and 37-year-old Rich Gannon threw for 4,689 yards. When he took over the CFL's Montreal Alouettes in 2008, they scored 610 points in 18 games.
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March 14, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Christmas, Part I is in the books, can't wait for Part II in a month. Part I was the Bears signing free agents - my gosh, I got what I asked for! Twice! I got me a nice, big, sturdy tight end! Martellus Bennett. He can run, catch and block! He's one of those basketball/football combo players. Good, because I really think he should play for the Bulls. With no Derrick Rose, they need all the help they can get. We also have a nice, All Pro left tackle. Jermon Bushrod. It's not an episode of "The Twilight Zone," this is actually happening!
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October 24, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
"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.
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September 24, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
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.
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September 23, 2012 | RedEye
Jay Cutler's run-in with offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb has dominated Bears talk lately. Fans are questioning whether they get along well enough to win. Well, the truth is both the quarterback and the O-line need to pick up their game, and this week's matchup against St. Louis was the first chance for them to regain their stride. So, would they end up on solid ground or shaky footing? Here's how it played out Sunday.   FIRST QUARTER Solid: For the first time all season, the Bears' first play from scrimmage does not end in a sack of Cutler.
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September 16, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Two days before the Bears pooped themselves on national TV, a reporter at Halas Hall told Jay Cutler that if he targeted Brandon Marshall as many times per game as he did in Week 1, he would throw to Marshall 240 times. Could he do such a thing? Cutler wasn't sure. But he knew he completed nine of those passes, and that seemed feasible. "What's 9 times 16?" Cutler asked the media. Silence. And more silence. Not one person could answer the question. I myself multiplied 16 by 10 in my head and then subtracted 9, and then I decided that was inaccurate and I had done something wrong.
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October 24, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
"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.
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September 24, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
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.
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September 6, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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?
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August 23, 2012 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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.
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