Moon: Goodell still planning for a full season

Moon: Goodell still planning for a full season

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Posted: 10:57 p.m.

By John Mullin

While a number of rules were decided upon at the NFL owners meetings, such as ones dealing with kickoffs and replay reviews of scoring plays, a couple of other things werent quite as clear, or at least needed some clarification.

Commissioner Roger Goodell did say Tuesday that he does not see the lockout lasting to the point of forcing cancellation of games. We are certainly planning on having a full season, Goodell said at his media session.

Goodell also said that the leagues Personal Conduct Policy will remain in place and applies to everybody in the league, he said. Obviously the league cannot enforce policies when there is no contractual obligation. But Goodell made it evident that the league will be watching and taking names. Once the labor situation is resolved, enforcement would be a subject for discussion between the league and players group.

That sets up an interesting scenario. The upshot would appear to be that players can be gigged for breaking a rule when they technically werent really bound by that rule.

This policy hasnt been a front-burner matter for the Bears, since the exit of Tank Johnson really, but with the lockout situation, a question had arisen as to whether players were subject to league action for misdeeds when there was no de facto league for them.

That question may not fully be answered until two things happen: Someone does something unacceptable under the rules of the leagues policy. And the two sides in the labor impasse need to get far bigger issues resolved.

John "Moon" Mullin is's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

Kyle Fuller believes he's a Top 5 cornerback in the NFL

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Kyle Fuller believes he's a Top 5 cornerback in the NFL

Kyle Fuller caused a bit of a panic late Friday afternoon when a report dropped that he signed an offer sheet with the Green Bay Packers. For a few hours, the prospect — even if it was always unlikely — of the Bears losing their best cornerback to their arch rivals to the north loomed over Chicago. 

For Fuller, though, he said he barely had time to think about the possibility of cashing in on his breakout 2017 season with the Packers. The Bears quickly matched the offer sheet, officially announcing the four-year deal Tuesday that makes Fuller one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. 

“It was crazy not really knowing what to expect,” Fuller said. “I would have never expected it. But when (the Packers’ offer sheet) came, it was definitely something to consider, just on the business side of it. At the end of the day, how it all played out, I’m definitely happy.”

Fuller sounded like someone who took a more passive role to his quasi-restricted free agency that was set about when the Bears placed the transition tag on him, allowing them to match any offer sheet that he were to sign. Fuller said he didn’t know all the details of what was going on with offer sheets coming in and negotiations with the Bears.

“I kinda was just getting the information from (my agents) and going with the flow of everything and knowing that at the end of the day it would end up working out,” Fuller said. 

The $14 million average annual value of Fuller’s contract ranks fifth among cornerbacks, behind only Washington’s Josh Norman ($15 million), New York’s Trumaine Johnson ($14.5 million) Minnesota’s Xavier Rhodes ($14.02 million) and Arizona’s Patrick Peterson ($14.01 million), according to Spotrac. 

Fuller said he considers himself a top-five cornerback in the league, and he played like someone who could wind up in that discussion in 2017. The 2014 first-round pick was one of four players to break up 20 or more passes last year, and he picked off two passes in December while providing excellent support against the run. 

“We could not be happier to have Kyle under contract for four more years,” general manager Ryan Pace said. “We feel he is an ascending player on our top 10 defense and we look forward to him having many more productive seasons here in Chicago.”

That's right, Chicago. John Fox is coming to a studio near you


That's right, Chicago. John Fox is coming to a studio near you

So apparently John Fox is getting bored.

The former Bears head coach who led the team to three consecutive last-place seasons from 2015-17 just signed with ESPN as a NFL studio analyst.

He’ll be getting paid to dish out insider information on players and what’s happening on the field — details that frustrated Bears fans could not get out of the often elusive Fox

This is great news if you had a void in your heart that only John Fox quotes could fill — especially in case his “We don’t know exactly what we’re doing” and "Sometimes it's hard to measure what's behind the left nipple"  hot takes weren’t cutting it anymore

But more importantly, Fox’s new position brings up a new burning question: What ex-Bear will be a better analyst?

What will the Fox say? Will he be able to muster more than 10 words out of Jay? The NFL season needs to get here sooner.