Bears looking for more from Roachs 2nd MLB stint


Bears looking for more from Roachs 2nd MLB stint

The last time Nick Roach was the Bears starting middle linebacker it didnt work out especially well. For the sake of the Bears reaching the 2012 playoffs, this time needs to go significantly better.

Roach switched spots with Hunter Hillenmeyer in game four of the 2009 season and moved into the middle linebacker spot left open when Brian Urlacher suffered a season-ending wrist injury just before halftime of the opener at Green Bay. The Bears pounded the Detroit Lions 48-24 to go 3-1 on the season.

But after losses at Atlanta and Cincinnati, Hillenmeyer was moved back into the middle and Roach returned to his strong-side spot.

This time, however, Roach has spent time in the middle, with Urlacher rehabbing his knee through the preseason. The results were a dramatic improvement.

I feel very good about Nick Roach, like we did when we initially put him there, coach Lovie Smith said after the Bears had beaten the New York Giants in the preseason. Weve been around Nick for a few years now. Smart player, good football player, can make a lot of plays.

I havent really been disappointed with Nick Roach at all since hes been here. We have that Plan Two, of course its gotten a lot of work, where Brian being out and Nick taking advantage of it, and thats just helping his overall football play in general when you have to play a couple different positions as a linebacker.

The 2012 Roach MLB resume

With Roach starting at middle linebacker this preseason:

Vs. Denver: Peyton Manning drives the Broncos into the red zone before being intercepted. After a Bears turnover, the defense forces a three-and-out and Denver field goal, the only points against the No. 1 defense. Roach has one solo tackle.

Vs. Washington: Roach has two solo stops when the No. 1 defense is finished midway through the second quarter and the Bears up 17-3.

@ N.Y. Giants: The 1s play into the third quarter, with Eli Manning out at halftime. Roach has four tackles, one for loss, plus a pass breakup.

The Bears hope now is for Roach to bridge them to another meeting with Manning which would be in the NFC playoffs.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.


Bulls announce substitute broadcasters for first five Neil Funk-less games


Bulls announce substitute broadcasters for first five Neil Funk-less games

If you haven't heard, Neil Funk is cutting 20 road games from his 2018-19 Bulls' play-by-play schedule.

Friday, the Bulls announced that Adam Amin, Andy Demetra and Kyle Draper will fill in for Funk for the first five of those games.

Amin, a play-by-play commentator for ESPN, will games on Oct. 22 against the Mavericks and Nov. 14 against the Celtics. He grew up in Addison, resides in Chicago and also does play-by-play for Bears preseason games.

Demetra is from Oak Brook and currently is the play-by-play broadcaster for Georgia Tech basketball and football. He will call games on Oct. 26 against the Hornets and Oct. 27 against the Hawks. He has previous play-by-play experience with the SEC Network, Pac-12 Network and Fox Sports South.

Draper will call the Bulls' Nov. 7 game against the Pelicans. He is the Celtics' pregame and postgame host for NBC Sports Boston and an occasional play-by-play annoucer and sideline reporter for the Celtics.

The Bulls said they will continue providing updates on substitute broadcasters as they are scheduled.