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Can Hanie turn it around this season?

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Can Hanie turn it around this season?

Personnel in preseason games make exact comparisons difficult to make. But it cant be a good thing that the Bears scored 10 points, in Denver, last season with Caleb Hanie at quarterback and Marion Barber playing tailback.This time they scored three points, in Chicago, and gave up 31 points to Denver offenses with Hanie, rookie Brett Osweiler and fourth-stringer Adam Weber at quarterback.The last time the Bears managed just three points in a preseason game was almost 10 years ago to the day. It was a 27-3 blowout against the Denver Broncos on Aug. 10, 2002.

Olin Kreutz to join NBC Sports Chicago's Bears coverage team

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AP

Olin Kreutz to join NBC Sports Chicago's Bears coverage team

Chicago, IL (August 20, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - has announced Chicago Bears legend/six-time Pro Bowl center OLIN KREUTZ will be joining the network as a game day studio analyst for the upcoming 2019 NFL season. In addition to his game day analyst role, which includes joining former Bears teammates Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, Matt Forte, and host Laurence Holmes on Football Aftershow presented by Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 281 immediately following every Bears game, Kreutz is also scheduled to make additional appearances throughout the NFL season on a variety of NBC Sports Chicago’s programs and cross-platform content offerings.

“I’m happy to be joining the NBC Sports Chicago family and look forward to be working alongside Laurence and, of course, my former teammates, Lance, Alex and Matt,” said Kreutz.

“Olin has established himself as one of the very best NFL analysts in the city and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him join our expert Bears game day coverage team beginning this season,” added Kevin Cross, Senior Vice President/General Manager, NBC Sports Chicago.  “The addition of Olin showcases our year-round commitment to deliver the very best Bears coverage to our dedicated, multi-platform viewing audience.”

Kreutz, a third-round pick out of Washington in the 1998 NFL Draft (64th overall), spent 13 of his 14 pro seasons in a Bears uniform and is tied for second with Steve McMichael on the team’s all-time games played list (191), trailing only former Bears teammate Patrick Mannelly (245).  In addition, Kreutz trails only Walter Payton by one game on the team’s all-time games started list with 183.  Among Kreutz’ honors in his illustrious Bears career include six Pro Bowl appearances (2001-06), first-team (2006) and second-team (2005) All-Pro selections, being named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team, along with being honored as a four-time recipient of the prestigious “Brian Piccolo Award” (2003, 2004, 2009, 2010).

Taj Gibson signed with Knicks to be closer to father recovering from heart transplant

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USA TODAY

Taj Gibson signed with Knicks to be closer to father recovering from heart transplant

For as long as he's been in the league, Taj Gibson has been considered one of the ultimate good guys.

That reputation won't be diminished in the slightest considering his reasoning for signing with the New York Knicks this summer.

Many expected the Bulls to make a run at Gibson to back up Lauri Markkanen at power forward. But as it turns out, the Knicks were going to be difficult to beat as a landing spot.

Via Marc Berman of the New York Post, Gibson decided to return home - he grew up in Brooklyn - to be closer to his father who recently underwent a heart transplant.

Gibson said he spent a large portion of June - in the lead-up to free agency - in New York as his father awaited a new heart. Gibson agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Knicks on the first day of free agency, just a few weeks after Wilbert Gibson had successful surgery in June.

The entire article is worth a read, but let us also add an anecdote Gibson shared about one of the first calls he received from a familiar voice.

Gibson knew lots of winning in seven seasons in Chicago — mostly with ex-Knicks assistant Tom Thibodeau. A known taskmaster, Thibodeau brought Gibson to the T’Wolves and knew of Gibson’s dream to one day be a Knick.

“Once I signed with New York, one of the first phone calls I got was from Thibs,” Gibson said. “That’s all we ever talked about throughout my time with Thibs — we always talked about New York.

“For it to finally happen, being able to say I was finally a New York Knick was a crazy feeling. We laughed for a minute. Then he was serious. He was like, ‘If anyone is capable of playing in New York, you’re a New York-style player.’ He knows me that I will play hard every night.”