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Bears focused on Eagles offense, not just Vick

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Bears focused on Eagles offense, not just Vick

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010
9:15 AM

By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com

Forget about Michael Vick for a minute. The Bears have some major, serious issues to deal with Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles and not all of them involve Vick.

For all of the attention paid to Vicks emergence as an NFL passer, the Eagles are No. 3 in, not passing yards, but rushing yards, with more than 150 per game. The bad news is that this is not the Atlanta Falcons of earlier this decade when Vick was a huge component of the rushing offense and was supplanting Bobby Douglass and Fran Tarkenton as the running-est quarterback in NFL annals.

The really bad news is that Vick doesnt have to be what he was in Atlanta. LeSean McCoy is averaging 5.0 yards per carry and has 6 touchdowns. Vick has 375 yards and 5 TDs rushing, but thats through 10 games, McCoy is tied for 16th in pass receptions with 51 and Jeremy Maclin has 47, of which 7 were for touchdowns. DeSean Jackson is averaging 19.8 yards per reception and has 5 touchdowns.

The point isnt to just rattle of names and numbers. Its that this Philadelphia team has substantially more firepower than the ones that Donovan McNabb directed to multiple wins over the Bears.

Vick may be the most electric player in the NFL right now with the ball in his hands. The real story, however, is whats happening now that hes mastering the art of getting the ball out of his hands. And the Bears know it.

Weve played Michael Vick before, Lovie Smith said. Hes a great player. We normally do what we do with our defense. We dont normally change up what we do. We believe in our defense and its set up to play. We give him all the respect in the world. Our guys are expected about playing against him, but its not only him. Its more than Michael Vick. Its the Philly offense. They have good skill guys over there.

More bad news

Even worse, no team is really even close to the Eagles plus-15 turnover ratio (the Bears are up the track at plus-3). Thats fully 50 percent better than the plus-10 of Pittsburgh and Atlanta.

Worse still is that Philadelphias 19 interceptions, a big bulge on a passel of teams, including the Bears, with 15. But only Minnesota, Carolina and the New York Giants have thrown more than the Bears 15 picks, although only 10 of those were thrown by Jay Cutler.

Watch list

If some of the faces look familiar in the upcoming Thanksgiving Play 60 video spot with the NFL and United way, they should. Israel Idonije and members of the Bears Rookie Club (Levi Horn, Joshua Moore, Averell Spicer, Barry Turner, JMarcus Webb, Corey Wootton, Major Wright, Harvey Unga) joined a number of other NFL players to send the message of get on the bus and get involved in Play 60 activities. The Bears segment was filmed with kids from the Chicago Youth Center.

Good news

Michael Vick is on the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated, and a portrait, not just an action shot. A good jinx may be just what the Bears need.

And they have game film of the Eagles against the Washington Redskins and New York Giants. Both beat the Bears and both were beaten by Vick and the Eagles, so there were lessons to be learned, more or less.

In that Washington game, it looked like he was jogging and the Redskins were running, but their angles were all messed up, which tells me hes at a different speed, said linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, laughing. Thats not fair... I watched the Washington game and thatll give you nightmares: How are you going to stop this guy?

The good thing is that hes one person and were 11 defenders and we feel like we match up well and know not to do some of the silly things that the Giants did. When youre in the game it can happen but I dont see us losing contain the way the Giants did.

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.

Khalil Mack won't be playing in the 2020 Pro Bowl

Khalil Mack won't be playing in the 2020 Pro Bowl

If you're one of the 48 people who plan on watching the Pro Bowl this weekend, you and your 47 friends won't be seeing Khalil Mack. 

It was announced on Tuesday morning that the Bears' star pass rusher will again miss the annual "showcase" with an unspecified injury. While he's been elected to 5 Pro Bowls, this is the second time in two years that he's missed the event since being traded to Chicago.

Replacing Mack will be Green Bay's Za'Darius Smith. Smith had 13.5 sacks this season, which was 6th-best in the NFL. It was the most sacks in anyone's first season in Green Bay since 1982, as well as the fifth most in a single season in Packers' history (since 1982), per the team's press release. 

By comparison, Mack had 8.5 sacks this season, the lowest mark since his rookie year in 2014. It was also the first time since that season that he failed to reach double-digits. The Bears will still have three representatives in Orlando this weekend: Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller, and Cordarrelle Patterson. 

Eric Ebron interacts with Akiem Hicks' NFC Championship tweet, causing free agency speculation

Eric Ebron interacts with Akiem Hicks' NFC Championship tweet, causing free agency speculation

Just as Bears fans were finally coming to terms with their disappointing 8-8 season, Akiem Hicks decided to pour some salt on the wound and take to Twitter, imagining what it would’ve been like if the Bears had made it to the NFC Championship game.

While we were all imagining how indeed “lit” it would’ve been to see the Bears play in the post-season at Soldier Field, Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron decided to quote tweet Hicks with a thinking face emoji. Curious behavior.

Ebron has played for the Colts since 2018, when he had a stellar first season in Indianapolis, scoring 14 touchdowns. In 2019, Ebron’s season ended after 11 games due to an ankle injury. He scored three touchdowns, reeling in 31 catches for 375 yards. Colts GM Chris Ballad has said that the organization is likely to move on from Ebron in 2020, meaning he would be available in free agency.

Tight end is one of the positions on the Bears long offseason do to list, and Ebron seems he could be a potential fit. Judging by their Twitter interactions, Akiem Hicks and Tarik Cohen seem to think so.

Hicks replied to Ebron telling him he could hear Bears fans calling his name. Cohen echoed this sentiment in his own tweet, albeit more cryptically.

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