Category Archives: Chalk Talk

Briggs absence more drama than substance

September 3rd, 2014 - 9:00 am

Bears veteran linebacker Lance Briggs was excused from Monday’s practice for “personal reasons,” and as we later learned, it was so that he could be present at the opening of his new restaurant in California. The issue brought a wave [...]

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The Cutler Maturity Show has jumped the shark

June 18th, 2014 - 2:30 pm

That’s it. I’ve had it. I’m done with this show. I’ve never cared enough about the dramatics to emotionally invest myself, anyway, but I always followed from afar. The plot has run its course. The mystery is nonexistent. All discussion [...]

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Jared Allen shows ability to win you over

April 1st, 2014 - 12:45 pm

As a lifelong Bears fan, as well as a humble man who appreciates humility and grace both on and off the football field, I have no qualms saying that I once hated Jared Allen. Everything from the redneck mullet he [...]

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What’s more important to a defense? Stopping the run or rushing the passer?

March 27th, 2014 - 9:30 am

Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh, following the Bears’ signing of defensive end Jared Allen, wrote: “Bringing Allen aboard tied all the other moves together because, in the NFL, nothing else matters to a defense if it cannot sack the quarterback. Not [...]

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Allen, other additions immediately upgrade defense

March 26th, 2014 - 12:52 pm

The Bears continued to overhaul their defense on Wednesday with the signing of free agent defensive end Jared Allen. The former Minnesota Viking agreed to a four-year deal with the Bears and will immediately upgrade not only the stagnant pass [...]

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Why the Cutler deal was the right move

January 3rd, 2014 - 9:45 am

So here we are. After a full year of speculation and scrutinization regarding Jay Cutler’s development under Marc Trestman and whether the Bears should have extended his contract to keep him in Chicago, we now have a resolution. Cutler is [...]

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It’s a brand new season for the Bears

December 17th, 2013 - 8:00 am

Hey, Bears fans, do you remember that awful loss to the woeful Redskins earlier this season? Or how about when that bad Rams team trounced the Bears? Or that disheartening loss to the lousy Vikings? The answer to all these [...]

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McCown or Cutler is the wrong question this week

December 12th, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Following a Josh McCown performance Monday night against the Cowboys that earned him NFC offensive player of the week honors, the talk of the town on Thursday was head coach Marc Trestman’s decision to start a healthy Jay Cutler against [...]

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Cutler remaining in game was fine … only if play calling remained the same

November 10th, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Between Daryl Johnston in Fox’s broadcast booth, friends and family who texted me, and the masses sending their thoughts on Twitter, the general consensus was that the Bears should have benched Jay Cutler sometime in the third quarter and handed [...]

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So, how do the Bears beat the Packers, truthfully?

November 4th, 2013 - 5:14 pm

As we rapidly approach the kickoff for the Bears-Packers Monday Night Football game, I’m still amazed at the large contingent of fans and analysts who think it’s inevitable that the Packers will run away with this game. I picked a [...]

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