Ex-Bears QB Jim McMahon: Bill Belichick is a liar


Ex-Bears QB Jim McMahon: Bill Belichick is a liar

The perception around the NFL is that the New England Patriots are known to cheat from time to time.

Whether it was their involvement in Spygate in 2007 or the ongoing Deflategate saga, the Patriots just can't seem to shake the "cheaters" label that many around the league have given them.

Recently, former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy told the Dan Patrick Show that when the Colts would play in New England, quarterback Peyton Manning would leave the locker room to go in the hallway and discuss the game plan because he feared that the visiting locker room was bugged.

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On Friday former Bears' Super Bowl-winning signal-caller Jim McMahon stepped up to the forefront to share his thoughts on the Patriots head coach.

Back in 1995, when Belichick was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, McMahon spent time with the team in training camp and part of the preseason. Belichick promised McMahon a roster spot, which prompted the punky QB to relocate his family to Cleveland in preparation for the regular season.

McMahon was cut shortly after.

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“I was with Bill in Cleveland in ’95," McMahon told the Dan Patrick Show. "He lied to me, right to my face so I never trusted him after that. So all this stuff that happened. I’m sure he was right in the middle of it...

“I know he’s a liar, so cheating ain’t far behind. I don’t think."

Fortunately, McMahon would get the last laugh as he signed with the Green Bay Packers soon after getting cut by the Browns and ultimately won a Super Bowl ring as Brett Favre's backup that same season. Meanwhile, Belichick was fired after a 5-11 finish with the Browns in 1995.

Check out McMahon's full interview on the Dan Patrick Show below:

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Under Center Podcast: What should the Bears do at guard and cornerback?


Under Center Podcast: What should the Bears do at guard and cornerback?

With the Bears releasing Josh Sitton and having the option to franchise Kyle Fuller, JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin look at two of the first big decisions for Ryan Pace’s offseason plan.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.

For Bears drafting at No. 8, the 'problem' with Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson is...


For Bears drafting at No. 8, the 'problem' with Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson is...

In the aptly-named mock drafts to this point, this reporter has posited the Bears selecting Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson. That’s not the complete story, however. There’s a “problem.”

The landscape: The Bears currently sit at No. 8 overall; Nelson is rated among the best prospects, regardless of position, in the 2018; Nelson is the consensus top offensive lineman in this draft; the Bears have an immediate need on the interior of their offensive line (at guard or center, depending upon where where the new coaching staff slots Cody Whitehair); and among the prime directives for GM Ryan Pace is the protection of franchise quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

And full disclosure: This reporter does see Nelson to the Bears, just not at No. 8, and presumably if the Bears do not address the post-Josh Sitton situation in free agency.

But there’s a problem. A couple, actually, and having nothing to do specifically with Nelson.

The “problem” centers (no pun intended) around his position: Guard.

Guards do not typically come off the board within the first 10 picks of drafts. Worse for guards, when they do, they don’t work out well. In the last five drafts, only two guards were selected within the first 10 picks, both in the 2013 draft, both (Jonathan Cooper, No. 7; Chance Warmack, No. 10) already undistinguished and both already on their second teams.

Great guards are indeed to be found in first rounds. But relevant NFL history says that they do not come early. Selectively, to wit:

Player Drafted Year
David DeCastro 24 2012
Alan Faneca* 26 1998
Steve Hutchinson* 17 2001
Kyle Long 20 2013
Zack Martin 16 2014

* 2017 Hall of Fame semifinalist

Meaning: Assuming the Bears do not spend starter money in free agency on the like of Andrew Norwell, Justin Pugh, Zach Fulton or (insert UFA name here). Parenthetically on the draft-value aspect of good guards, Norwell was undrafted, Pugh was the 2013 pick just ahead Long, as a tackle, and Fulton was a sixth-rounder.

Pace predilections: “stat” players

Pace is in desperate need of impact players in both the draft and free agency. A guard is simply not in the “impact” vein as Pace’s first three No. 1 draft picks, all top-10’ers and all with something in common that a guard does not bring: stats.

Stats themselves aren’t the point, and an elite offensive lineman contributes to the stats of everyone else on his unit. But 2015 No. 1 Kevin White is a wide receiver; they catch passes and score touchdowns. Pace’s 2016 No. 1 was a rush-linebacker who generates sacks; Leonard Floyd. And 2017 No. 1 was Mitch Trubisky. All players with the potential for producing major-impact, game-changing stat plays.

Conversely, Pace’s New Orleans touchstone was an offensive line that protected Drew Brees with mid-rounders Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks at guard, and no offensive lineman drafted higher than the second round (Jon Stinchcomb).

Best guess, too, is that new head coach Matt Nagy, who’ll obviously be an intimate part of the draft process, will not be pounding the table for a guard, or perhaps for any offensive lineman with that first first-round pick of his tenure. The Kansas City Chiefs got just a so-so starting tackle (Eric Fisher) with the No. 1-overall pick of the 2013 draft while Nagy was there. And the very good Philadelphia Eagles teams took exactly one offensive lineman higher than the fourth round during Nagy’s years there (2008-12) with Andy Reid – and that pick was a guard (Danny Watkins) picked at No. 23, and who was a bust.

Conclusion: If Nelson is far, far and away the highest-graded player on the Bears’ draft board, Pace will make that move – if, and only if, Pace cannot trade down and add the picks that every GM craves as part of franchise-building, which is where the Pace-Nagy administration stands.