Category Archives: Chalk Talk

NFL players need to stop with the crybaby act

August 3rd, 2012 - 9:14 am

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, one of the most disliked men in NFL locker rooms these days, visited Bourbonnais on Wednesday to review the new practice regulations put into effect with last year’s collective bargaining agreement. He also was on hand [...]

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20 questions about the 2012 Chicago Bears

July 24th, 2012 - 6:01 pm

A look at 20 pressing questions as the Bears enter training camp in a crucial 2012 season. Is Jay Cutler’s two-year string of injuries an emerging trend or an anomaly? Let’s hope it’s the latter! There is evidence to support [...]

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Forte extension a reasonable compromise by both sides

July 16th, 2012 - 5:54 pm

When you examine the possibility that the tension between Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears front office over a long-term contract extension could have erupted into a heavyweight fight complete with haymakers, the four-year, $32-million deal the two sides agreed [...]

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Don’t temper expectations for 2012 Bears

June 15th, 2012 - 5:15 pm

If not for a freak thumb injury to Jay Cutler’s throwing hand in a Week 11 victory over the San Diego Chargers last fall, it’s possible the Bears would have made a deep playoff run that would have saved general [...]

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Bears understand the business side of Forte contract negotiations

May 18th, 2012 - 9:57 am

There has been a running joke, more of a stereotype, actually, for the better part of a quarter-century that the Bears franchise simply has been “behind the times” when it came to adapting to the rapidly-changing landscape of the NFL. [...]

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Analyzing the Bears’ 2012 draft class

April 30th, 2012 - 3:51 pm

(Editorial note: My apologies for the tardiness of this analysis. I was in Las Vegas for the weekend) Bears general manager Phil Emery wanted to make a splash in his first draft with the team and he seemed to do [...]

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Forte’s whining wearing thin

March 22nd, 2012 - 5:48 pm

I’ve been blessed with seven adorable nephews and nieces, each one with his or her own unique characteristics making them worthy of being given affectionate names a la Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. But the one thing that [...]

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Premier pass rusher or No. 1 wide receiver?

March 13th, 2012 - 2:42 pm

The 2012 NFL free agency period is set to kick off at 3 p.m. Central time on Tuesday and there have been multiple reports stating that the Bears could be in pursuit of defensive end Mario Williams and wide receiver [...]

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Fans, media should judge Emery by what he does, not by what he says or doesn’t say

January 31st, 2012 - 9:56 am

The Bears unveiled change at Halas Hall at 2 p.m. on Monday when they introduced Phil Emery as the organization’s new general manager. By 3 p.m. the Chicago media and the cynical Bears fans out there were back to the [...]

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Bears take step in right direction with departure of Angelo, Martz

January 3rd, 2012 - 7:32 pm

The angry mob that has stormed the bastille with flaming sticks and pitchforks have finally been heard. General manager Jerry Angelo has been held accountable for allowing the talent on the Bears fall considerably behind those of their divisional counterparts. [...]

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