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??!

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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.

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Posted: December 18, 2012 in NFL
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Enigmatic QB has no future with JETS!

That is the headline on the bleacher report which comes up when clicked from the main yahoo lead. Well CLEARLY! Obviously TIm Tebow sucks. He is the worst thing to happen to the big apple since 9-11. He is the biggest lying, murdering, dog-hating, tax-evading, non-spiral-throwing, Bible thumper on the scene since Mitt Romney. Call in the national guard! For the the love of all that’s decent people…he is left handed.
No future, huh? How about no present? How hard does Sanchez have to suck before he gets benched and they give ole lefty from Nease a chance? And when will the mothership, that is ESPN, allow Steve Young and Dilfer to say anything that isn’t glowing about Sanchez and Tony Romo for pete’s sake. These two must have the explicit tape of Chris “daaah Rayyyydeeerrssss” boomer Berman fondling that intern or something for all of the love they get from these bozos. Maybe Dilfer needs to remember his career before Baltimore D carried him. Trent the name Shaun King mean anything to ya? Yeah and Young its easy to talk when you have Rice out there catching balls. How was the ole USFL or Tampa before that. Point is simple, the networks hate Tebow because of one reason… he is a Christian. Plain and simple. But the public, much to ESPN suit’s chagrin, love Tebow. That makes him a ratings cash cow. So the less he plays, the more all of the talking heads will work him ever subtly into the conversations whether they are talking football or not. If they had their way he would be run out of town on a rope. But then who would they talk about… Linsanity anyone?

Panthers put a whipping on Texans

Posted: December 19, 2011 in NFC SOUTH

Oh Carolina.  Another meaningless win, another slot lower in next years upcoming draft.  The panthers defeated Houston Texans 28-13 Sunday and all but assured that they are out of the running for Justin Blackmon.  While it is true that this team needs alot on defense.  There can be no doubt about the lack of talent on the defensive line or the depth and playmaking ability of the linebacker corp without Jon Beason this year or Thomas Davis who’s injuries like spell the end.  Offense is where they should go in the draft.  Byr offense I mean get Newton a big time reciever.  While Smith is still above average, he ain’t getting any younger.  Olsen and Shockey have carried the passing game.  But Shockey’s tread is getting thin as well.  The other recievers outside on Legado Naannee, who they picked up from San Diego,{he is better suited in a complimentary role} are woeful at best.  Armanti Edwards doesn’t look like he will ever transistion from college QB, Pilares hasn’t impressed and Lafell is good not great.  The team is still trying to replace Mushin Muhommed plain and simple.  Until they do that, Newton will be running alot since the recievers can’t get open.

Right now the Panthers are tied for seventh worst record along with four other teams which means they could draft as low as 10th.  Blackmon will surely go in the top 10.  So while I love to see Carolina get a W, I would surely rather have the dynamic Blackmon on offense to replace Smith at some point rather than having Brandon Thompson or Melvin Ingram clogging up the middle on running downs next year. {Get over it Cock fans Ingram ain’t gonna be the next Dwight Freeney in th NFL}.  Call me crazy but yet again next week I– like any other smart fan should– will be pulling for Carolina to play well and come up just short.

Celtics forward Jeff Green lost for season

Posted: December 18, 2011 in NBA

The Associated Press is reporting that Boston Celtic forward Jeff Green is opting to have surgery for an aneurysm and is likely to be out for the year.  This comes as a crushing loss for Boston and their already thin front court.  Ironically Green was drafted in the first round by Boston two years ago, but let go.  Just last season in a unpopular move both in and outside of the lockeroom, Boston traded center Kendrick Perkins for Green. Now coupled with losing out on David West to Indiana and Big Baby’s departure to Orlando, the rebuild that Boston though they could put off until next seasson may start now.

BOSTON (AP) – Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green will have surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm and will miss the entire season, the team announced on Saturday as it traveled to Toronto for its exhibition opener against the Raptors.

 
  • Forward Jeff Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season after joining the Celtics in a midseason trade.By Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP

    Forward Jeff Green averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season after joining the Celtics in a midseason trade.

 

If so, the timing of his training camp physical — and the end of the NBA lockout — may have saved Green’s life and helped the Celtics avert a tragedy like the 1993 death of Reggie Lewis, who dropped dead on a practice court of a heart condition in the prime of his career.

“While we are saddened that Jeff will not be able to play this season, the most important thing is his health,” Celtics president Danny Ainge said in the release. “We were fortunate to have access to an amazing team of specialists to evaluate Jeff’s case.”

The team said it would have no more comment, at Green’s request. But Green said on Twitter on Saturday afternoon: “Thank u everyone for ur thoughts and prayers…much appreciated love u all..and I’ll be back soon stronger and better than ever I promise.”

Green, 25, averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds last season after joining the Celtics in a trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

An aortic aneurysm, which is more common in older people, is a ballooning of the wall of the aorta, the major artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. A person may show no symptoms from the aneurysm; but if it ruptures, it is likely to be fatal if not repaired immediately.

The team’s statement said Green’s aneurysm was detected during his physical after he reported for a training camp on Dec. 9. Green received additional testing and consultation by “leading cardiac specialists,” who recommended surgery.

Green’s college coach at Georgetown, John Thompson III, said after the Hoyas’ 81-55 victory over American on Saturday that they’d spoken before the game.

“He’s, I guess, as upbeat as anyone can be,” Thompson said. “I don’t want to speak for Jeff, but it’s been a trying week. I’ve seen the progression from terrified to confident, and that comes with education. That comes with truly understanding what he’s going through, and what he has to go through, and the confidence in his support system and the confidence in the doctors that he’s going to be working with. And with each day, that has grown.”

NBA players, including Steve Nash and Baron Davis, sent along their best wishes on Twitter. In Miami, LeBron James seemed taken aback when asked about Green after practice.

“I think it’s unfortunate for the game to be taken away, especially after a summer like this where we already had 2 1-2 months off,” said James, who played in a few charity games with Green over the summer. “Hopefully he can get back healthy, they can figure out what’s going on and he can get back on the floor.”

James also remembered Jason Collier‘s death in 2005, when the center was with the Atlanta Hawks and died suddenly.

“As a professional, you would think every last one of us would be in the top-tier shape and nothing would be wrong with us,” James said. “That’s why the doctors, they are who they are.”

Carolina has their coach, but the question remains. What is Ron Rivera going to do now? There is so much for the Panthers to do before the season, that I imagine new coach Ron Rivera doesn’t know where to start. The team has the first overall pick in this April’s upcoming draft…the problem now lies in what to do with it. Team needs so much. The ideal situation would be to trade down and collect a few picks. This is especially critical for a team with no second round pick. However, with the collective bargaining agreement in doubt, there may be no takers. Whatever happens, it needs to start now. The new regime in town has to come up with a plan to get this team hungry again. The first place to start is with Jimmy Clausen. Assuming the team will not resign free agent Matt Moore…which seems unlikely at this point…Clausen is going to need a stop-gap mentor. Last year was painfully obvious that Clausen was not ready to be the next Matt Ryan. Whether or not a few years down the road Clausen came become a descent NFL quarterback has yet to be seen. What we do know is right now he isn’t. A veteran quarterback needs to be brought in for the time being. Me personally I have always been a huge fan of ST Pierre. How quickly ESPN forgets their own report that he outplayed the golden boy Leinhart in Arizona two years ago. I though they should have let him have the keys to the offense more last year. Whether the team is able to trade down in order to draft a Gabbert type, we will have to wait and see. What history has shown us is most likely he won’t be ready to play. Oh yeah and where does it say that because Clausen is from the bigger school and was picked first, that he gets the only shot at starting. Anyone remember Matt Flynn vs. Brian Brohm in Green Bay? Where is Tony Pike? Is he still on the team? Secondly, how willing is the team going to be to resign Deangelo Williams. There were rumblings last offseason of a trade. My opinion is this would be a huge mistake. While Jonathan Stewart is a terrific back in his own right, the one two punch was the main thing missing from the offense this past year. Goodsen is a 1b back. That is he is nice backup to have and use in spot duty, but he is not the workhorse that the team needs right now. Third, is the o-line. We need to make sure Jeff Otah is healthy. Without him, the line appeared to be average at best. When Otah is in the line we have two bookend tackles. Also, they need to use the tight end more. Jeff King and Gary Barnidge are solid, but I feel that Dante Rosario could be a breakout player in the Kellen Winslow Jr mold. Next, are we going to draft Bowers at DE? What about DT Nick Fairly? Why haven’t we seen more of Eric Norwood or Everett Brown? Other than Charles Johnson, the defensive line was woeful this year. I still don’t understand how Tyler Brayton keeps a starting job in the league. This will most likely be where the biggest decision of the offseason takes place. This team simply has not replaced Peppers. They need to start here if we are to get any pressure on the opposing QB. I think we are set at linebacker. It is the strength of the team. Last year wreaked havoc on the unit. However if some combination if Thomas Davis, Dan Connor, James Anderson, and Jon Beason are on the field, we are going to be ok. The secondary is a crapshoot. While looking at the stats, it appears they were fairly good last year. However, there just isn’t the consistent level of play, not to mention big plays from this unit that the team needs. Martin is a big hitter. But he has hands of stone. Charles Godfrey is a physical presence, but he is generously listed at 5’11”. I feel that the safeties must be addressed at some point. Jerry Richardson has said he has full confidence in coach Ron Rivera. We can only hope he can come through. He seems to be off to the right start with the hiring of Chud. There are a lot of things to do in Carolina….better get to it Panthers.