Dennison, Bears to huddle


Dennison, Bears to huddle

Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall will likely be in touch Friday with buddies on the Houston Texans. Thats when Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison gets a visit and interview with Bears GM Phil Emery on the matter of becoming head coach of the Chicago Bears.

Dennison was Denver Broncos offensive coordinator from 2006-2008, the first three years of Cutlers career and the one (2008) in which Cutler was selected to the Pro Bowl after passing for 4,500 yards and being sacked just 11 times.

Dennison, in his third season as Houston O.C., has stayed on point with the Texans game Sunday night in New England with the Patriots, but obviously, its a great honor to have somebody inquire about a job of that type, he said on Wednesday via Dave Zangaro at But Ill have to handle that at the end of the week because my big focus my only focus is getting this team ready to play the Patriots.

Dennison worked with Texans coach Gary Kubiak in Denver and Kubiak provided a full endorsement.

Obviously, I think the world of him, Kubiak said. I think his football background speaks for itself. I could sit up here all day long. Hes a leader. Hes a teacher. Hes a class act. I dont know what else to tell you.

Were real proud of him. Ive been with him a long, long time and proud of him when I was with him in Denver. Obviously, hes done a tremendous job here with the Texans. Anytime guys have an opportunity like that you should support them. We definitely support Rick.

Uphill for Lovie in Philly

The Philadelphia Eagles will interview Lovie Smith for their head-coaching vacancy but insiders tell that the former Bears coach has an uphill quest there.

The frontrunners appear to be offensive coordinators Mike McCoy from Denver and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, although the Eagles arent expected to interview Bradley until Saturday in when the Seahawks are in Atlanta to play the Falcons.

With Michael Vicks future in doubt, the Eagles offense right now is built around quarterback Nick Foles, a third-round draft choice last year who ended the year on IR with a broken hand but is prominent in the Philadelphia plans.

Smiths difficulties with offense are considered a concern in some Philadelphia quarters.

Under Center Podcast: Warren Sharp describes what 2020 Bears will look like


Under Center Podcast: Warren Sharp describes what 2020 Bears will look like

As they prepare for the season, it's time to start looking in depth at what the Bears could look like in 2020.

JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis are joined by one of the smartest minds in football media, Warren Sharp of Sharp Football Analysis, to discuss and predict what the Bears look like in 2020. The group discusses the QB competition, will the Bears defense improve or regress, and what should Matt Nagy do in terms of his scheme this year.

(2:40) - Nick Foles should be the starter in 2020

(7:45) - Matt Nagy needs to be more predictable in play calling

(15:30) - Have the Bears used and embraced analytics

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(22:10) - How easy is the Bears schedule and what will be their record at the end of the season?

(31:00) - Why you should watch the Bears in 2020

Listen here or below.

Under Center Podcast



Brett Favre says Nick Foles should start for the Bears

Brett Favre says Nick Foles should start for the Bears

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback and Chicago Bears nemesis, Brett Favre, offered his opinion on the Bears' quarterback competition during a recent appearance on Da Windy City Podcast, and suggested Nick Foles is the better option to line up behind center for Chicago in 2020.

His logic is based on an old-school approach to the game: wins.

"I look at it this way: How will Nick Foles play in Chicago? I don't know," Favre said. "I just base it off how they both have performed when they have been given the opportunity, and Nick Foles, I think, has performed better. 

"If you just based it off how they've performed in real game situations, obviously, Nick Foles won a Super Bowl. And played lights out. Just based off of that, Nick Foles is the better player."

Talk about a straightforward opinion. And it's one the Bears' brass might agree with, too. They wanted Foles so much that they traded for him in an offseason that included several quality free agents who wouldn't have cost the team a draft pick to acquire. That said, none of them had a Super Bowl win on their resume (sans Tom Brady) either.

How much stock should Bears fans put into Favre's opinion? It depends. If you're a believer in 'game recognizing game,' then Favre's opinion on Chicago's quarterback competition is as valid as any.

With no preseason games coming this summer, Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace will have less tape to use in their decision-making process. As a result, they'll be forced to rely on a blend of  training camp performances and existing tape from the last couple of seasons. 

If they go back as far as 2017, it'll be hard imagining a scenario where Foles doesn't come away the victor.