Monthly Archives: January 2009

No Excuses Left: Lovie to call defense

January 13th, 2009 - 2:12 pm

Bears defenders better take notice: they are the final piece to the enigma that has become their defense since their loss to the Colts in Super Bowl XLI. There have been many fingers pointed in the past two years as [...]

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Monday Musings: Dungy retires as Colts coach

January 12th, 2009 - 8:22 pm

I’ve had an awful lot on my mind with all the action that’s occurred around the NFL and with the Bears this weekend. To me, perhaps nothing is more interesting than Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy retiring from coaching [...]

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It’s official: Marinelli to join Bears’ coaching staff

January 10th, 2009 - 6:00 pm

The Bears received a major boost to an area of need when former Lions head coach Rod Marinelli agreed to join the Bears as defensive line coach and assistant head coach. The move had been rumored for weeks — possibly [...]

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Divisional Round predictions

January 10th, 2009 - 9:22 am

I wound up splitting my predictions from the wild card round with Sunday’s games falling as planned while Saturday’s resulted in disappointment. I did pick the correct score of the Colts-Chargers game; I just picked the wrong winner, though. Last [...]

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Trust in Lovie remains, but wearing thin

January 8th, 2009 - 7:53 pm

I’m a patient, trusting guy by human nature who is willing to give a head coach the benefit of the doubt. Take the Chicago Bulls’ Vinny Del Negro, for instance, who was hired by the team without any prior head [...]

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Is Lee’s firing bait for Marinelli?

January 7th, 2009 - 9:15 am

The Bears’ firing of linebackers coach Lloyd Lee on Tuesday may have had more to do with Rod Marinelli than any kind of failure on Lee’s part, although it was probably a combination of both. Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo, [...]

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2009 off-season wish list

January 6th, 2009 - 9:20 pm

It’s the time of the year when every beat writer, analyst, and football junkie likes to offer remedies for his team’s misfortunes. And while that advice is seldom accurate and never sought by the team itself, it’s fun nonetheless. Allow [...]

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Off-season focus should be shifting to offense

January 5th, 2009 - 8:15 pm

For most of the 2008 season, the Bears’ offense carried the defense. When was the last time you could say that about a Bears team? Not only did the defense ride the offense’s coattails, but the special teams didn’t help [...]

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Wild Card predictions

January 2nd, 2009 - 12:35 pm

I finished out the regular season with a good Week 17, but now the difficult season begins. The playoffs aren’t always as easy to predict as the regular season and we begin with some tough wild card games. Here’s a [...]

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2009 Bears New Year Resolutions

January 1st, 2009 - 7:37 pm

Every new year brings fresh hope, great expectations, and, most of all, a new beginning. There’s a time-honored tradition when the calendar year turns for people to make their New Year resolutions, which are tasks they are determined to achieve. [...]

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