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.

Bears still see Dion Sims as a valuable piece to their offensive puzzle

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Bears still see Dion Sims as a valuable piece to their offensive puzzle

Dion Sims is still here, which is the outcome he expected but perhaps wasn’t a slam dunk — at least to those outside the walls at Halas Hall. 

The Bears could’ve cut ties with Sims prior to March 16 and saved $5.666 million against the cap, quite a figure for a guy coming off a disappointing 2017 season (15 catches, 180 yards, one touchdown). But the Bears are sticking with Sims, even after splashing eight figures to land Trey Burton in free agency earlier this year. 

“In my mind, I thought I was coming back,” Sims said. “I signed to be here three years and that’s what I expect. But I understand how things go and my job is come out here and work hard every day and play with a chip on my shoulder to prove myself and just be a team guy.”

The Bears signed Sims to that three-year, $18 million contract 14 months ago viewing him as a rock-solid blocking tight end with some receiving upside. The receiving upside never materialized, and his blocking was uneven at times as the Bears’ offense slogged through a bleak 11-loss season. 

“The situation we were in, we weren’t — we could’ve done a better job of being successful,” Sims said. “Things didn’t go how we thought it would. We just had to pretty much try to figure out how to come together and build momentum into coming into this year. I just think there were a lot of things we could have done, but because of the circumstances we were limited a little bit. 

“… It was a lot of things going on. Guys hurt, situations — it was tough for us. We couldn’t figure it out, along with losing, that was a big part of it too.”

Sims will be given a fresh start in 2018, even as Adam Shaheen will be expected to compete to cut into Sims’ playing time at the “Y” tight end position this year. The other side of that thought: Shaheen won’t necessarily slide into being the Bears’ primary in-line tight end this year. 

Sims averaged 23 receptions, 222 yards and two touchdowns from 2014-2016; that might be a good starting point for his 2018 numbers, even if it would represent an improvement from 2017. More important, perhaps, is what Sims does as a run blocker — and that was the first thing Nagy mentioned when talking about how Sims fits into his offense. 

“The nice thing with Dion is that he’s a guy that’s proven to be a solid blocker,” Nagy said. “He can be in there and be your Y-tight end, but yet he still has really good hands. He can make plays on intermediate routes. He’s not going to be anybody that’s a downfield threat — I think he knows that, we all know that — but he’s a valuable piece of this puzzle.”

Bears logo ranked in bottom five of NFL in recent fan poll

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Bears logo ranked in bottom five of NFL in recent fan poll

The Chicago Bears logo has withstood the test of time. In a sports era full of uniform changes, the Bears have maintained the classic orange 'C' for most of their nearly 100 years in Chicago.

Unfortunately, tradition doesn't equate to popularity.

Chicago's logo ranked 28th in the NFL, according to a recent poll of nearly 1,500 football fans. Only the Redskins (29), Bengals (30), Jets (31) and Browns (32) were worse.

I’m not sure how I feel about the underbite on the “C.” I can see how this would be a polarizing feature of this logo. I wish to an extent that it met up more evenly. I think they could have had the bottom meet up in a more even fashion and still maintained the sharpness, of the “C,” which I like. I don’t mind the point [ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE “C”], without the point it would be super boring. The point actually does add something from a design standpoint that makes it stand out.

Bears fans will take exception with the results. Wins have been hard to come by in recent seasons, but there's still something special about seeing the familiar navy and orange on Sundays in the fall. The 'C' is arguably the biggest part of that. Sure, it's not a complex design overflowing with colors, but it represents a long and storied history. 

It's interesting that each of the bottom five teams have struggled to string together winning seasons. On the flipside, teams like the Saints, Falcons, Rams, Vikings and Eagles rank in the top six. Maybe it's recency bias.

In the NFC North, the Lions rank No. 2 (which is a shocker) and the Packers are No. 20.