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Florio: Fix the HOF selection system

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Florio: Fix the HOF selection system

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com stops by The McNeil and Spiegel Show Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. on WSCR-AM 670 The Score. He doesnt soft-pedal things on PFT and he didnt this morning, either.

Mike might want to watch his caller ID for a call from Giselle Bunchen aka Mrs. Tom Brady, who fired on critics of her husbands play in Super Bowl. Mike acknowledged that passes like the one to Wes Welker did hit receivers in the hands, but those were not good passes, meaning that the finger was pointed at Brady.

The ball was not accurately thrown and for Welker just to get his hands on the ball, he had to be an acrobat, Mike said, mentioning how the drop by Deion Branch was a ball thrown well behind the wide receiver.

It may not have been as simple as Brady just having a bad day. Brady had an epic run of 16 straight completions from the end of the second quarter into the start of the third, but he was sacked by New York defensive end Justin Tuck, landed hard on his left shoulder, and Bradys accuracy was undermined by that re-injury to his left shoulder, Mike said.

It wont ultimately hurt Brady in Hall of Fame voting but Mike was in no mood to spare the 44-member selection committee for the Hall. He had no problem with the five additions to the Hall plus the one senior selection but pointed to the exclusions of Cris Carter and Bill Parcells as questionable.

Mike was candid about the jerk factor that ran through Carter and Parcells during their careers but was insistent that being a jerk didnt mean you should be excluded from the Hall of Greats. One of Mikes thoughts is that the number of voters should be expanded in order to dilute the hard-core haters who dont vote for someone simply because they dont like the guy.

I think 44 is too few and I think there are some voters in those 44 who dont belong there, Mike said. Im going to keep banging the drum until changes occur.

The Bears will face the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 but Mike didnt have any clear fix yet on whether Peyton Manning would or wouldnt be a Colt by then.

Theres a growing sense that its going to be the Redskins, Mike noted, but said that would require adjusting that offense from Kyle Shanahans Madden approach where the coordinator completely controls the quarterback.

I dont think Peytons going to like that very much.

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

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NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

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Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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