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Words to live by from The Colonel Richard Dent

Words to live by from The Colonel Richard Dent

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
9:43 p.m.

By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com

Richard Dent and the Hall of Fame selectors made their choices known as far as the Bears defensive end earning inclusion in that august fraternity. But Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com (http:tinyurl.com6jlnkfw) takes a contrarian course along with thoughts from Mike Florio and Jason Whitlock on why Dent had to wait as long as he did for the necessary votes.

A piece that doesnt make sense, however, is that part of the Dent discussion uses tackle Willie Roaf as an example of someone more deserving. That doesnt seem to be relevant, though. Roaf most definitely deserved to be voted in, having made the Team of the Decade for two different decades. More apt comparisons might have been Dent with Rickey Jackson or others like Andre Tippett in past classes.

Dent and Roaf belong in the Hall of Fame.

Not a company man
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy won a Super Bowl trophy in spite of losing 15 players to injured reserve through the season. A 16-game season.

As Gregg Rosenthal notes on ProFootballTalk.com, McCarthy is not in any hurry to get to 18 regular-season games, even if NFL owners have that as part of the collective bargaining agreement discussion (http:tinyurl.com4mynrut).

Hard to argue with someone whose team limped, literally, into NFL history. Best guess here is that the 18 games will happen, in some form. The TV money is so massive from two real games vs. two meaningless preseason games, and TV is the NFLs biggest customer.

But teams wont go into an 18-game calendar with existing roster sizes. And one thought may be that coaching itself may need to change as far as use of starters. Currently a quarterback and most key players are rarely taken out of games until they are beyond even blowout level. The need in an 18-game world may be to use reserves more frequently and in longer stretches as a means of saving wear on critical starters.

Not a done deal, either way.

A final thought

I did a short video report on this, but just in case you didnt catch it:

Richard Dent and I had dinner sometime back and he reflected on the 85 Bears, but also on so much more.

My thing, he said, is that they put on your grave the year you came and the year you left. In between is the little dash, and life is about what you did with your dash. You met some people, you had some fun, some people helped you and you helped them, and thats your dash. Thats what its all about: filling your dash. Its gone too soon.

Words to live by from The Colonel.

John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com'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.

With Leonard Floyd going on injured reserve, will the Bears have a pressing need at outside linebacker in 2018?

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With Leonard Floyd going on injured reserve, will the Bears have a pressing need at outside linebacker in 2018?

The Bears placed Leonard Floyd on injured reserve Thursday morning, ending the second-year outside linebacker’s season following a knee injury suffered Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Floyd suffered an MCL and PCL injury and will have surgery in the next week, coach John Fox said, and the Bears do not have a timetable for his recovery yet. But that Floyd didn't suffer damage to his ACL is potentially good news for Floyd's recovery timetable. 

Still, with Floyd on injured reserve and out for the season, the Bears’ current outside linebacker depth chart consists of two veterans (Pernell McPhee and Sam Acho) and two practice squad signees (Isaiah Irving and Howard Jones). These final six games of the 2017 season could serve as auditions for all four players for roles on the 2018 Bears. 

If every team needs at least three good pass rushers, the Bears can count on Akiem Hicks and Floyd for 2018, provided Floyd comes back healthy. But who’s the third?

The Bears could save about $7.5 million in cap space if they release McPhee in 2018; if they were to cut ties with Willie Young, who’s on injured reserve right now as well, it would provide $4.5 million in cap relief. McPhee will be 29 in December, while Young will turn 33 next September. 

The Bears won’t necessarily need the cap relief next year, and could certainly decide to keep both players, who’ve shown they’re still productive when healthy. But even if both players are back, the Bears may need to add another outside linebacker via free agency of the draft — remember, the team could’ve began the season with Floyd, Young, McPhee, Acho and Lamarr Houston as their outside linebackers; an injury Houston suffered in the fourth preseason game ended his time in Chicago. 

Needs at wide receiver and cornerback are pressing, but outside linebacker may need to be in that same conversation. If the Bears have a top-10 pick for the fourth consecutive year, plus some cap space, they perhaps could have the ability to address all three needs in March and April. 

That may be looking a little too far into the future, though. The best-case for the Bears is McPhee finishes the season strong and Irving and/or Jones shows something in the opportunities they receive in these final six games (Jones, for what it’s worth, had five sacks as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015). But the worst-case — and perhaps the most realistic — is that the Bears go into the offseason needing to fill at least one pass-rushing spot. 

Under Center Podcast: Can Mitch Trubisky follow Carson Wentz’s path to stardom?

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Under Center Podcast: Can Mitch Trubisky follow Carson Wentz’s path to stardom?

JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin are joined by NBC Sports Philadelphia Eagles reporter Dave Zangaro to offer an encouraging connection between Carson Wentz’s growth and that of Mitchell Trubisky.

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