Category Archives: Chalk Talk

Bears-Giants preseason game could literally break season

August 20th, 2012 - 9:32 am

All right, Bears fans, it’s time to hold your breath. Well, you don’t have to hold it all week, but you can start that inhale at about 7 p.m. Friday night. That’s about when the Bears’ first-string offense will take [...]

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Recurring injuries to young defenders a discouraging issue

August 13th, 2012 - 8:39 am

After a terrific beginning of training camp that landed him atop the depth chart as a starter opposite Henry Melton, second-year defensive tackle Stephen Paea is now expected to miss up to two weeks with a sprained ankle, which he [...]

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10 things to watch in Bears-Broncos preseason Game 1

August 9th, 2012 - 9:37 am

Here are 10 players, positions, or story lines to watch in the meaningful meaningless preseason game between the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos on Thursday. Brandon Marshall and his possible connection with Jay Cutler Is it possible that Mike Tice [...]

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Hold your officiating gripes until they matter

August 7th, 2012 - 5:17 pm

As the NFL officials continue to be locked out by the league in a contract dispute, there is a growing sense of consternation among fans, analysts, and — most importantly — coaches and players about the quality of the replacement [...]

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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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