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OK. I just have to get this off of my chest. I get in the truck on the drive to work this morning and what do I hear, but both of the sports radio stations — CBS and FOXSPORTS — both are explaining why it is sooo ludacris that Bill Callahan would have purposefully blown his chance the win a Superbowl Ring with the Raiders.

Guess what, they’re right. No coach in his right mind would do that. No matter how good of buddies you are with the opposing coach {which I don’t eve seen how this argument was relevent…at all}, or how badly you hate the owner. Callahan got the Raiders there and tried his best to win the game. I’m sorry but he did.

But the is just the point. Tim Brown did not say the coach sabotaged the game on purpose. He said he changed the game plan at the last minute. There is a HUGE difference. All he basically said was that all of they players pretty much hated the guy’s guts before this and they blamed the change on what happened to Barrett before the game. Brown even went on to say the Barrett Robbins should have manned up. But that the team already knew he was a bit unstable.

No one [besides the media or course] is saying the coach submarined his own team. At least not intensionally. They are saying he out thought the room with a new plan that the Raider player felt they had no time to learn.

–from beargoggleson.com

The Bears FINALLY have their man…Marc Trestman named Head Coach

 
Jan 16th, 2013 at 1:38 am by Breaking News
 
 
 

After an extensive and exhaustive search, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Chicago Bears will name Marc Trestman as their next head coach.  Trestman was the candidate I was most intrigued by having bounced around the college, NFL and CFL ranks.  Most recently of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, Trestman has lead the team to back to back Grey Cup Championships and an overall 64-34 record in 5 seasons as head coach. 

Known as a cerebral, offensive coach, Trestman seems to be in a good position to maximize the skills of Bears QB Jay Cutler.  Hell, this guy made Scott Mitchell look really good.  I think Trestman is a great hire and is the first offensive minded coach the Bears have hired since Mike Ditka.  Yes, Ditka was considered offensive minded, not just offensive.

We will delve more into Trestman’s fit for the Beloved as the days unfold…The Cover Stew may even way in… 

 

What do you all think?  Good hire, bad hire, meh???  Hit us up in the comments!!!

 

Hester to Retire?

Posted: December 31, 2012 in NFC NORTH
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Hester found out about Lovie Smith getting fired and said he may never play again. He told reporters in Chicago earlier today that he hasn’t been having fun and it has been on his mind for the past two seasons. He went on to say his workers comp papers were in his pocket and he would have to go home and discuss the matter with hios wife and two sons.

Whatever you decide, Mr Hester, I want to be the first to say “Thank you for the memories and I will support you.” I hope plenty of other fans feel the same way. He may not have panned out as a reciever, but that isn’t entirely his fault. He came into the league as a DB not a WR. I realize that he is owed a boat-load of cash, but he gave me the warm feeling that I haven’t felt in a lifetime as a long-suffering Bears fan.

Lets hear it for the most exciting Chicago Bear since Gayle Sayers, and the best return man to ever live—-EVER (that means you primetime)

Urlacher among the unhappy

Posted: December 31, 2012 in NFC NORTH
-from Windycity gridiron
 

Brian Urlacher’s future in Chicago could be in jeopardy

By on Dec 31, 5:11p +

Christian Petersen

With Lovie Smith being shown the door in Chicago, LB Brian Urlacher might not be too far behind him.

Brian Urlacher signed a 5-year, $40.6M contract extension with the Chicago Bears in 2008. That contract expired at the conclusion of the 2012 season, and he is now a free agent.

Earlier this month, I wrote that Bears fans might be seeing the end of an era in Chicago– The Lovie Smith/ Brian Urlacher era— and Phil Emery wasted no time in relieving Smith of his duties after the Bears failed to make the playoffs for the fifth time on the last six seasons.

And now, the long-standing face of the franchise is a free agent.

“If (the future is) not here, then it won’t be here,” he said. “I still feel like I can play some football, though. I’m healthy now. I would have played next week if we had gotten in, but it doesn’t matter now.”

Urlacher says he’s healthy now, but I would guess that is a stretch. There is a reason he was on the sideline in what was one of the biggest games of the season.

“I don’t know (how much football he has left). I have no idea,” Urlacher said. “I don’t even know if I’m going to be able to. Being a free agent in this situation right now, I’m not sure. We’ll see how it goes the next few weeks or months, however long it takes to figure out what’s going to happen.”

Last season, Jerry Angelo was relieved of his duties. This season, Lovie Smith.

A new head coach will bring in his own vision, with his own system, and likely his own coordinators. Will he want to keep an aging middle linebacker on board? Or are Chicago Bears fans truly seeing the first major overhaul in years?

Stay tuned…

 

After 9 seasons, the Chicago Bears have finally parted ways with Head Coach Lovie Smith.lovie

 
This move has split the sports world into two camps. On the one side, you have the talking heads at ESPN and Fox, such as Jay Glazer and Colin Cowherd who — despite just a few weeks ago there being a report out about Lovie has never ‘out-coached’ anyone — spouting off about how all of the players are upset and that this is the surprise of NFL black monday.

In the other camp you have all of the millions of Chicago Bears fans and the entire city, along with myself, who think the move is long overdue.

Yes Lovie has a winning 79-62 record with the team. And he has a 3-3 post season record. The problem here is two-fold. First, Lovie has the personality of a cardboard cutout, with all of his “Kyle Orton-Jonathan Quinn- Rex Grossman-Brian Griese-etc. is our QB” coach speak. Secondly is Lovie never actually coached. HE has little to nothing to do with the offense, and although the team runs HIS Tampa2 D, he had to fire himself as defensive coordinator. So what exactly is he doing with the team? He isn’t really a motivator, or one to rally the troops. As a matter of fact, I think that Dave Toub’s special teams have more to do with the team’s success over the past few years than any other single factor.

That being said, I know that the players love him and are rightly upset. But the winds of change are blowing through the Windy City and we all have to accept it. More to come on who the team has lined up for interviews. Gruden? Cowher? Reid? DITKA??!

The Chicago Bears defeated the lowly Detroit Lions 26-24 on Sunday. The win was like many others for the team this season, ugly as they had to hang on for dear life at the end. It did however give them a 10-6 record overall. While that is nothing to turn ones nose up at, it wasn’t enough to get them to the post season thanks the the Swiss cheese defense they are running up in Greenbay, which allowed AP to run loose. It is the 5th time in the last 6 seasons under Lovie Smith which the team has missed out. This brings us to what I feel will be an offseason of change I the windy city. Will George McCaskey fire Smith and eat the 5 mil he is owed? Conventional thinking says no, but then again, change is a coming wether the team likes it or not.
A third of the roster will be free agents. Decisions must be made on starters such as Henry Melton and Nick Roach. What about Lance Louis, who is without a doubt the teams best offensive lineman? And a dark cloud on the immediate horizon is the future of HOF linebacker Brian Urlacher.
So many decisions, so little cap space. One thing is for certain, the next few weeks will be interesting for the team.
Stay tuned and I will cover more roster moves in the coming weeks.

ESPN spent the better part of Christmas Eve Tebow bashing, which should come as no surprise seeing as that is how the network spends most of it’s days. Mike and Mike fill ins Mike Hill and Michael Smith made it the point of emphasis on the show. They reported that he had refused to run any wildcats plays against the Chargers in Sundays game after being passed over for the start by Rex Ryan. Michael Smith went so far as to say Tebow should expect nothing and that we the mere public have no access to Jets practice and as such have no right or ideal to judge. Even though that is exactly the kind reporting the network thrives on.

he shouldn’t feel he was passed over! He can’t pass!

Smith said. Other talking fools…I mean heads such as Sal Pallentonio have suggest Tebow should pack for Canada. however if they had taken time to watch a CFL game, then they’d know that they pass alot up there.
Across the bottom of our televisions screens late yesterday was the news feed which told the story ( Tebow told Adam Shefty that he and coach Ryan had a disagreement onTuesday over McElroy getting the start. On Friday Tim reiterated his willingness to do whatever the needed. By the the Jets had moved on to Jeremy Kerley running the wildcats sets against the chargers.)
There was no breaking SC news moment or anything. It as just simple scroll of text that let us know once again that ESPN ismNOT in the business of breaking factual news but more along the entertainment lines such as TMZ. ESPN spent hours yesterday reporting that Tim Tebow was an ungrateful diva who pulled rank instead of being happy he had a job in the league at all. The truth did come out albeit sort and without fanfare but by then the damage had been done to this young man’s reputation. Tim Tebow will not be with the Jets after this season and he may find it hard to land another team due in no small part to the faulty reporting of ESPN.
Think I am crazy? Just ask hitmen Mark Carrier and Chuck Cecil who wee ran out after it was reported their tackling style was barbaric and just too violent ton e allowed anywhere near the league.