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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
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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.

The Chicago Bears looked ready for the Super Bowl on Sunday after wielding the door shut on Seattle 35-24.

The game was over after the first pass…A 58 yard bomb from Jay Cutler to Greg Olsen that went for  score.  The Bears were in charge throughout, scoring the games first 28 points.  Cutler looked poised in the pocket throwing for two touchdowns and running for a pair of scores as well.  The offensive line looked good despite giving up three sacks early.  Cutler has all day to throw for the most part.  The defense also looked good.  Tommie Harris showed up after a season long hiatus and Peanut Tillman looked like a true shutdown corner.

Early lines show the Bears as a 3 point home dog to Green bay for Sunday’s NFC showdown.  However with these two teams, you never now what will happen.

GO BEARS!!  BEAR DOWN!!

If the Bears lose to the Seahawks on Sunday, they won’t be able to blame it on injuries. More likely thay will be able to blame it on the offensive line…but that is for another post.  No names appear on their final injury report in advance of the division-round contest against the Seahawks. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa missed practice on Thursday with a knee injury, but he wasn’t listed on Friday’s report.

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that Tinoisamoa will start on Sunday.   This has to come as a big sigh of relief for Bears fans who know that the defense is not the same team with Nick Roach starting in Pisa’s stead.

For the Seahawks, linebacker Lofa Tatupu is questionable with a head injury.  However it was reported on ESPN Sportcenter that coach Pete Carroll was confident he would do all the required things to Friday at practice in order to be cleared for Sunday’s game.  Center Chris White is officially probable after missing Friday’s practice for non-injury reasons.