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Evaluating the Bears OL? Look a little deeper

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Evaluating the Bears OL? Look a little deeper

CSNChicago.com (at least this humble chronicler of gridiron games) has not bought into any of the hysteria reaction over the offensive line for about two years. The Mike Martz Factor has been analyzed in no small detail, so enough on that; Martz (and, critics would say JMarcus Webb) didnt block anybody last year. But the former was his own issue.

Consider something else, though:

The quarterbacks.

Some perspective here. The Indianapolis Colts allowed 16 sacks of Peyton Manning in 2010. They gave up 35 last season. Jeff Saturday, Ryan Diem and the Colts line twice as bad one year to the next? Dont think so.

Matt Schaub had the Houston Texans rolling when he was injured in Week 10. He was being sacked 1.6 times per game. T.J. Yates did a nice relief job, but he also was sacked 15 times in basically five games' worth of playing time.

Figure it another way: Schaub was being sacked once every 19 pass plays. Yates was sacked once every 9.9 attempts.

Jay Cutler was sacked 2.3 times per game through his 10. Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown in six games went down 26 times, or 4.5 times per game. Did the offensive line just get twice as bad 10 weeks into the season? Probably not.

Jared Allen had the only sack of a Chicago quarterback (Cutler) by a Minnesota Viking in the teams first meeting last year. McCown was sacked seven times, three by Allen, in that final game.

If you want to declare the offensive line a disaster zone, then youre saying that Hanie was maybe pretty good and just didnt get any protection. You sure you want to go there?

The offensive line doesnt need anyone running interference for it. Thats their job for Cutler and Matt Forte (presumably) and Michael Bush.

But there is a lot more to the offensive-line story for 2011, and now 2012, than JMarcus Webb. A lot more.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Tracey Myers and Pat Boyle discuss Nick Schmaltz returning to the Blackhawks line-up on Wednesday night and which player is looking forward most to his return?

They also weigh in on Corey Crawford’s incredible start to the season and why he’s the major reason why the Hawks begin the week in first place in the Central.

They also discuss who is the biggest Hawks rivalry right now, which new defenseman has impressed the most and how is Connor Murphy dealing with being a healthy scratch at times this season?

Plus, they discuss someone other than Nick Schmaltz returning to work on Wednesday night.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Cubs Talk Podcast: Where do Cubs go from here down 0-2 in NLCS?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Where do Cubs go from here down 0-2 in NLCS?

Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki analyze the Cubs' sub-optimal position in the NLCS, down two games to none to the Dodgers with a lack of offense and a struggling bullpen.

Plus, what was Joe Maddon thinking with his lineup and bullpen decisions in the first two games of the series? And what is really going with Wade Davis?

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