Category Archives: Chalk Talk

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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The “comparison game” doesn’t always add up

October 25th, 2013 - 11:21 am

After Armageddon occurred on Sunday and Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs left the Redskins game with injuries that’ll keep them out of action for significant periods of time, the “sky is falling” mentality struck Bears Nation. Callers into sports talk …

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Bears’ failed fourth-down conversion had nothing to do with close finish

October 11th, 2013 - 10:47 am

One of my biggest pet peeves in the analysis of football games is when someone claims that something that happened early in a game had a direct effect on something that happened at the end of the game. There is …

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