Bears Notebook: Is Vick sackable? Oh yes


Bears Notebook: Is Vick sackable? Oh yes

Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010
1:34 PM

By John Mullin

Bears practice ended Thursday with a group celebratory roar as Lovie Smith sent his players to their home Thanksgiving training tables rather than Halas Hall fare.

We have so much to be thankful for, Smith said. Our football team, it seemed like this day, you dont have to give anyone a pep talk. Everybody is excited, cant wait to get the practice in and then get home and eat a little bit and enjoy some time with family.

And if Smith knew which of his charges was the teams No. 1 trencherman or gourmand, he was about to give the player up. As far as which Bear was likely the biggest eater:

You look at the size, and thatll give you a start, Smith said. I would say one of our offensive linemen, without singling out one.

Dirty guy I?

Philadelphia guard Todd Herremans was assessed a 5,000 fine for a chop block against New York Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty. Herremans admitted that he was unaware that Canty was engaged with Eagles center Mike McGlynn but Canty was not mollified.

Canty told Herremans after the game, Theres no place for that, no excuse for what you did, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Herremans maintained on that deep down he knows himself not to be a dirty player.

Dirty guy II?

With Mother Nature hosing down Soldier Field a bit on Wednesday and Thursday, the state of the turf will be closely watched. The temperature at game time is expected to be in the mid-40s, not the sub-zero wind chill that helped take the heart out of Michael Vick in the Bears 16-3 pasting administered in 2005. No more rain is forecast before Sunday.

Regardless, Philadelphia coach Andy Reid is more than familiar with directing offenses in Chicago. Reid was an assistant with the Green Bay Packers during the 1990s when Brett Favre and the Packers were dominating the Bears, often in Soldier Field. His Philadelphia teams are 5-0 in Soldier Field, plus once in Champaign during the Bears transplant season, so inclement doesnt necessarily favor the Bears.

I dont know if this is a good thing or a bad thing but I feel like Ive played there a million times, not only with the Eagles, but with Green Bay, Reid said. The turf is a little soft but what you lose in footing, when you land its a good cushion, so youve got to look at the positive and the negative of it and make sure you keep your shoulders over your toes at all positions and make sure youve got a good base.

Sackable? Oh yes.

At last, an indisputable bit of evidence that the whole football world may be concerned about Michael Vick, but there also is something, or someone, that Vick is truly concerned about.

The New York Giants didnt beat Vick and the Eagles but New York defensive end Justin Tuck did sack Vick three times in last Sundays game. And Julius Peppers was named NFC defensive player of the week after his three sacks of Miami quarterback Tyler Thigpen so.

I know what Julius can do, Vick said. I played against him about six years straight in Atlanta, always had competitive games and hes always a guy Ive tried to stay away from. So it doesnt surprise me that hes turning his game around right now. We knew it was just a matter of time.

Sick bay

The Bears continue to hold a health advantage with an unusual full-participation by all players at practice Thursday. The Eagles are still practicing without cornerback Asante Samuel (knee) and defensive end Juqua Parker (hip), and they had an added concern with run-stopping defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (abdomen) and starting right guard Nick Cole (knee) limited in practice.

John "Moon" Mullin is'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.

The Bears will be making some QB decisions this offseason. Here's what to look for.

The Bears will be making some QB decisions this offseason. Here's what to look for.

At this week's Super Bowl Radio Row, The Ringer's Robert Mays, one of the most high-profile Bears fans in sports media, went on the Under Center Podcast to talk all things Chicago football. 

With all eyes on the Bears' quarterback situation this offseason, Mays provided some insight into what Bears' fans should expect from the upcoming weeks and months: 

"I don't think you have to make a determination now, but I think you go into free agency wanting to get another option. I think you should try to find someone and try to go in with the motivation to find someone. How much they're willing to pay? I think that's the bar you have to set right now. I think that number will ultimately determine their thinking. It will display their thinking. If they go in and offer Phillip Rivers $20 million, you know they don't think Mitchell Trubisky is the guy. If they go offer Marcus Mariota $5 million, then it's much more of a nebulous spot." 

Mays also hits on the Andy Reid/Kyle Shanahan matchup, and how that pertains to Matt Nagy and his abilities as a playcaller. You can check the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below: 

Tarik Cohen appears on Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out

Tarik Cohen appears on Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out

After not being selected for the Pro Bowl this off-season, Bears running back Tarik Cohen has some free time on his hands this winter. Last night he appeared on Nick Cannon’s MTV improv comedy series Wild ‘n Out. While Cohen underperformed on Soldier Field in 2019, he certainly brought his A-game to Wild ‘n Out, cracking jokes and dropping bars with the rest of the crew as “Big Reek.”

Someone put the quote “I’m a running back, it’s my job to go hard” in the Bears’ locker room so Cohen remembers next season.

Cohen also took to Twitter to shout out his friends from high school for preparing him for the show, as well as fellow RB Benny Cunningham.

You can watch the full episode on MTV’s website with a cable subscription. 

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