Bears

Don't call Bears sackman Willie Young a linebacker

dont-call-willie-young-a-lb-insider-slide.png

Don't call Bears sackman Willie Young a linebacker

Willie Young is a pass rusher. More than a sack per game over the last four games. And he really doesn’t care whether you know that he’s coming on a rush or dropping back into pass coverage as a not-defensive-end (more on that in a moment).

“I’m certain they know when I’m coming,” Young deadpanned on Wednesday. “I’m usually slobbering at the mouth, nose dripping with blood, just about, so they know when I’m coming.

“They know when I’m not coming because I’m crying. Tears are coming down my face because I’m not able to rush the quarterback. So it’s very distinctive when I’m coming in and when I’m not.”

Not rushing lead to breaking out in a rash? “No rashes yet,” Young said, “but the situations haven’t called for rashes yet.”

[RELATED - Why Bears, John Fox decided to play it safe with Kevin White]

It might. Young, a career hand-on-the-ground defensive left end, has a daily “argument” with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio that consists of a look between them when Fangio uses the “L” word – “linebacker” – to him.

As far as Young’s playful insistence on being called a defensive end, “Right, well, whatever,” Fangio said, laughing. “He’s the end man on the line of scrimmage and whether you’re in a 3-4, 4-3 or nickel; there’s a ton of carryover.”

Longtime end Jared Allen had the starting outside right linebacker spot to open the season and even started the first three games there before conceding he couldn’t play the position and asking for a trade. After the situation bottomed out in Seattle, the Bears obliged and sent him to the Carolina Panthers.

Young, on the other hand, has more than successfully made the transition from that straight 4-3 defensive end to “that other position,” he said, smiling as he refuses to use the “L” word referring to himself. And grudgingly, he admits that the move has made him a better football player.

[SHOP BEARS: Get your Bears gear right here]

“In all honesty, yes,” Young said. “Just understanding what the secondary goes through, based on what kind of routes, why the quarterback is able to get rid of the ball so fast, understanding the coverage on the back side of it reinforces me when I’m in the rush.

“I don’t have time to play around. I’ve got to get to where I’ve got to go right now because if I’m not, that ball is coming out fast and I’m not even giving myself a chance to help the team and help my secondary with the coverage and the rush.”

Kurt Warner has no idea what the Bears are doing on offense

mitch-trubisky-1020.jpg
USA Today

Kurt Warner has no idea what the Bears are doing on offense

With the city of Chicago still reeling from the Bears recent 36-25 loss against the Saints, everyone from NFL analysts to your co-workers are offering up their hot takes on how the Bears offensive game, particularly QB Mitch Trubisky, could do better.

Kurt Warner, an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback with an illustrious history, took to Twitter to give his two cents on why the Bears offense is struggling.

After twelve years in the NFL, taking both the Rams and the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, Warner might just know a thing or two about offense. However, Warner seems just as confused as the rest of us as to what’s not clicking for the Bears. Here’s what Warner had to say.

We all feel you, Kurt. It’s been a struggle to watch indeed. He later goes in to respond to comments in the thread, defending the much maligned Trubisky by saying that he is not the only thing wrong with offense this season.

It will be interesting to see how the Bears respond to this painful loss and the recent bought of criticism. Matt Nagy insists the team is drowning out all outside noise and focusing on their game, but we’ll see if this loss was the wakeup call the team needed when they face off against the Chargers in Week 8. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.

After expecting to close, Ditka's Restaurant extends lease to stay open

ditka_christmas.jpg
USA TODAY

After expecting to close, Ditka's Restaurant extends lease to stay open

After being in a “fourth and long” situation to keep Ditka’s Restaurant open, it appears the restaurant has extended its lease in the Gold Coast.

Diana Ditka, wife of former Bears coach Mike Ditka, told the Chicago Sun-Times of a new year extension on their lease. The restaurant has been open since 1997.

Last year the hotel that the restaurant resides in was bought by new owners who planned to do renovations. That complicated a new lease and it appeared Ditka’s Restaurant would close at the end of the year. Instead, they came to a resolution.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.