One of the obvious issues that plagued the Chicago Bears last season was a lack of leadership. Injuries to key veterans on the defense left young players to look to the sidelines for guidance, and offensively can we really say that Jay Cutler holds the reins? In order to attempt a turnaround, the chaos that occurred last season both on the field and off it cannot take place. Chicago is going to need to lean on its leaders to maintain the long-term stability that is necessary for sustainable success in the NFL.
Tillman and Briggs?
The future of these two veterans is still up in the air and it is entirely possible that neither of them end up on the 2015 roster. If Ryan Pace decides to keep either of them or even both, their value lies in their experience and the unconditional respect that they throughout their tenure in Chicago. As long as they can healthy, their knowledge is an invaluable asset that can ease the transition to the 3-4.
Allen was brought to Chicago to fill the hole
The Chicago Bears announced that they’ve signed LB DeDe Lattimore to a two-year contract on Friday.
#Bears have signed LB DeDe Lattimore to 2-year contract. Lattimore appeared in 10 games as rookie in 2014, recording 5 ST tackles.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 30, 2015
Lattimore, 24, would have been an exclusive rights free agent in the coming weeks. He signed on with the Bears as an undrafted free agent out of South Florida back in May.
Coming out of the preseason, Lattimore was unable to make the 53-man roster and was later added to the team’s practice squad.
However, he would go on to appear in 10 games and recorded three tackles for the Bears in 2014.
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Charles Tillman of the hiring of John Fox: ‘I think Chicago Bears fans should be excited about what the Bears are doing’
Chicago Bears veteran cornerback Charles Tillman has seen the coaching merry go round spin the past few seasons once former coach Lovie Smith left after 2012.
The Marc Trestman era lasted for only tow seasons, but new coach John Fox has Tillman’s respect already.
“I think it was a great hire. I think Chicago Bears fans should be excited about what the Bears are doing from the GM all the way to the position coaches. I think they’ve made some great moves,” Tillman said, via the Sun-Times.
“I thought it was thumbs up, four stars. I thought it was a great move on [president] Ted Phillips and [chairman] George McCaskey. I thought it was a great hire on their part. I think they’re moving in the right direction to get Chicago Bears football back to where it was.”
Placekicker Jay Feely didn’t spend a whole lot of time with the Chicago Bears this past season, but it was enough for him to get an impression of quarterback Jay Cutler‘s leadership abilities, and he was not impressed.
Here’s what Feely said on Mad Dog Sports Radio yesterday, per the Chicago Tribune:
Jay Feely questions leadership of Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman http://t.co/NG7fZntwXc pic.twitter.com/olFvjzSJJx
— Raymond S Patterson (@RaySPatterson) January 29, 2015
“Jay Cutler can win on the field. But he would be so much better and the team would be so much better if you’re a leader off the field as well. And I never saw him lead verbally. If he doesn’t want to do that, if he doesn’t want to be that person, if it’s not in his DNA, then you’re always gonna have a vacuum there that somebody else needs to step into and fill.”
The truth hurts.
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The term “bust-proof” is not to be used lightly, but it’s applicable when referring to Iowa’s Brandon Scherff. The last time the Bears drafted higher than seventh, they took Cedric Benson with the fourth pick, so the idea of a safe pick should be enticing. In his first press conference as Chicago Bears GM, Ryan Pace said that the hope of the front office was to address needs in free agency and draft the best available player at each spot. Scherff conveniently falls under both categories. Here are three reasons why the Bears need to select the reigning Outland Trophy winner with their first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft:
He can start right away
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The biggest question mark that Pace and Fox have to address this off-season is their quarterback situation. Last summer, Jay Cutler signed a contract worth $126,700,000 over 7 years. There was a lot of early skepticism and it did not take long for most to realize that this deal should have never taken place. Pace has yet to decide the fate of the 31 year-old quarterback and his decision could very well dictate the direction that the Bears move in.
A successful draft, especially on the defensive side
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The door is open if Brandon Marshall wants to return to Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” next year.
However, Stephen Espinoza, the general manager of Showtime Sports, knows Bears new coach John Fox, and perhaps even Marshall himself, might shut that door in 2015.
Marshall took part in a taping Monday in Phoenix for the show’s Super Bowl preview, which airs this week on Showtime. Espinoza raved about the Bears’ receiver work on “Inside the NFL” this year, but can’t be sure there will be an encore.
“We haven’t discussed it yet,” Espinoza told me in an interview. “I know he enjoyed it and learned a lot. But it was work at the same time. The threshold question between Brandon and the team is whether this is something he should entertain again. If they say yes, we’d love to him again.”… Continue Reading
The Chicago Bears players were heavily criticized for their play on the field in 2014 after finishing 5-11, but off-the-field their lives do go on. Here’s a look at some wives and girlfriends of players currently on the Chicago Bears football team, with a little bit about their background.
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The Double Nickel Smokehouse is owned by Chicago Bears legend Lance Briggs, and it’s located in Elk Grove, California. Most Bears fans are familiar with this place due to the publicity it received when Briggs skipped practice to attend the opening, but that’s not here nor there. When recently reviewing the comments on Yelp, it’s apparently not a restaurant worth recommending.
Here’s the background story on the restaurant:
Although Elk Grove’s Double Nickel Smokehouse owes its name to the No. 55 on Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs’ jersey, it is Briggs’ childhood friend Cameron Lee who owns the majority stake in the restaurant…
As children, Lee said, he and Briggs would talk about businesses it would be fun to own. Restaurants were on the list, along with bowling alleys. Lee and Briggs kicked off their business partnership by acquiring Strikes Family Entertainment Center in January 2012. Lee had been working as the food and beverage director at the bowling center, and when the opportunity
According to @Sherman_Report, Brandon Marshall has been invited back to do another season of Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” Marshall was added to the cast back in August 2014, and might do another season of the show.
There are several rumors circulating about members of the Chicago Bears criticizing Marshall for flying to New York every week for the show, but it does appear he will have another shot. If he does make another appearance on the show, it probably won’t be as a member of the Bears.
If he’s a Bear, this won’t happen again. RT @ChicagoSports: Brandon Marshall invited back to “Inside the NFL” http://t.co/HUdj9nnymF
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) January 27, 2015
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For a brief window of time there was rampant talk that the Chicago Bears might finally move on from quarterback Jay Cutler after six seasons. The 31-year old is coming off the best statistical season with the team (3,812 yards, 30 total TDs) but once again led the league in turnovers (24). Many are of the opinion that after four offensive coordinators and two head coaches, Cutler is impossible to fix and must be jettisoned, hopefully via trade.
However, NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the same man who broke the Aaron Kromer story that sent the team into a death spiral of dysfunction near the end of the season, hinted that all the signs of late don’t point to the Bears trying to trade Jay Cutler.
What were some of these signs he’s talking about?
The Price Tag
Normally when you trade a player it’s supposed to involve benefit for your team. However, due to the extensive contract former GM Phil Emery handed Cutler during the 2014 off-season (seven years, $126 million), there was almost no another team wou
Lance Briggs heartfelt goodbye might not have lasted that long. While coming on CSN’s Sports Talk Live, hosted by David Kaplan, good old number 55 mentioned that he wants back with the Bears and is awaiting coach Fox’s phone call.
Briggs Wants Back With The Bears
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Although Briggs has been hurt for the majority of the last two seasons, it might be a smart idea for the Bears to bring Briggs back since they will have a need for more linebackers with an expected switch to a 3-4 defense. The question would remain if Briggs, a 34-year old veteran, would be able to withstand another full season of punishment in the NFL. Briggs however sounds confident he could, and confident the Bears should call.
“In my opinion, I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t want to (bring Briggs back to the Bears),” Briggs said on Monday’s edition of SportsTalk Live. “Obviously, in the Draft, that’s probably going to be one of the focal points is getting a linebacker, (but) a guy
With a new general manager and coaching staff, the Chicago Bears roster could see a pretty big overhaul this offseason. Familiar faces of the organization will not be re-signed. Especially since all signs point to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio implementing a transition to a 3-4 scheme or at least a hybrid version this season for the defense. Here are five players who will not be on the Bears team next year:Stephen Pea:Even though Stephen Pea is coming off his most successful season in the NFL there are no guarantees he will be back in a Bears uniform next season. According to Pro Football Focus, Pea ranked as the 11th best defensive tackle/nose tackle in the league last year. He finished the season with six sacks; before that his season high was just 2.5 sacks. Pea’s rookie deal is about to expire and his size (6-1, 300 pounds) does not fit a 3-4 scheme which makes him unlikely to re-sign. Charles Tillman:For the second straight year Tillman’s season was cut short due to a torn right triceps. This past