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Phillips on Forte: He's going to be a Bear

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Phillips on Forte: He's going to be a Bear

Bears president Ted Phillips called into Chicago Tribune Live Tuesday to discuss a variety of topics. Among the highlights of the interview with David Kaplan were his job description for new general manager Phil Emery, Matt Forte's future and upcoming free agency.

On Matt Forte's future: "Matt Forte's going to be a Chicago Bear at least for 2012. We'll sit down before we have to make that decision on the franchise tag and talk about what we should do, how we should go about it, how we should approach Matt. Whatever happens, Phil will talk to Matt as needed in a professional manner.

"Everyone considers Matt Forte a really, really good player for us. We want him to help us, we think he can. Negotiations are two-way. At some point, if you can't get a deal done then you use whatever tools you have and we'll have to see over the next couple of weeks how that plays out... He's going to be a Bear."

On Emery: "He has the traditional powers that any typical general manager would have, including the powers that Jerry Angelo had as general manager and, in terms of the areas that are probably important to fans: he has the final authority of the 53-man roster and he has final authority in regards to the head coach after 2012.

"If he has to make the tough decision, it's one of the reasons I hired him. He definitely has presence, he has backbone, he's a tough guy and he's not afraid to make the tough decision and at some point every general manager has to make certain tough decisions."

On 2012 free agency: "In terms of free agency this year, you know, we've always been active. We'll be active again. We'll pick our spots, look for value, and we're going to weigh those free agent possibilities, depending on the positions and how they stack up versus what we can do in the draft."

To watch the entire interview, click on the video above.

How ‘spatula hands’ Adrian Amos is a perfect representation of the Bears’ defense 

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How ‘spatula hands’ Adrian Amos is a perfect representation of the Bears’ defense 

Adrian Amos grew up a Ravens fan, and would go play football with his dad on a field in the shadow of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. So what was the best game of his career on Sunday — eight tackles and a 90-yard pick six — carried more meaning for the Bears’ safety. 

“This was a dream come true coming back to play in this stadium,” Amos said. “That’s a blessing in itself. Not a lot of people from Baltimore get the chance to do that, to be in this stadium.”

Amos played nearly 2,000 career snaps before recording his first NFL interception on Sunday, when he was in the right place to snag a ball Kyle Fuller — another Baltimore native who was outstanding against the Ravens — tipped pass. Amos always was regarded as a sure tackler who could be counted on to stick to his assignments, but for whatever reason he never was able to get himself an interception. 

“Sometimes, I call him ‘spatula hands’ because he doesn’t catch a lot of balls,” defensive end Akiem Hicks said. 

“Akiem’s always got the jokes,” Amos said. Hicks never actually called Amos “spatula hands” to his face, and after dropping that line to the media, he told Amos what he said (“He’s got jokes for everybody,” Amos added). 

Homecomings and jokes aside, Amos is playing his best football right now, and that’s been huge for a Bears defense that’s needed to replace plenty of key players before the halfway point of the season. Amos, who lost his job when the Bears added Quintin Demps and Eddie Jackson in the offseason, is starting in place of Demps, who broke his arm Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

“At that time, there was a guy playing better than him,” coach John Fox said of Amos losing his starting job in training camp. “And, at this time, he’s playing the best in the group. And that’s why he’s playing out there.”

Amos played a grand total of one defensive snap in Weeks 1 and 2, but has played every single defensive snap — as well as 26 special teams snaps — in the last two weeks. He had eight tackles against both Minnesota and Baltimore, and against the Ravens, he notched a tackle for a loss and two pass break-ups. 

This Bears defense showed in the first five weeks of the season to be a “fine” group, one that wouldn’t make many mistakes, but also wouldn’t make a lot of plays. That changed on Sunday, with Bryce Callahan picking off a pass, Christian Jones forcing a fumble and Amos notching an interception. 

Like the Bears defense this year, Amos was a solid player who hadn’t made a lot of big plays in his career. And like the Bears’ defense on Sunday, Amos finally made a critical play when it counted. 

“It’s just a mindset thing,” Amos said. “Just staying focused. Stay confident in my ability. Just keep working, being aggressive, just put my head down and work, that’s all I know.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bears let Mitch Trubisky throw more?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bears let Mitch Trubisky throw more?

Adam Jahns (Chicago Sun-Times), Ben Finfer (ESPN 1000) and Jordan Cornette (The U/ESPN 1000) join Kap on the panel. Justin Turner hits a walk-off 3-run HR off of John Lackey to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the NLCS. So why was Lackey even in the game? How much blame should Joe Maddon get for the loss?

The Bears run the ball over and over and over again to beat the Ravens in overtime, but should they have let Mitch Trubisky throw the ball more?