George McCaskey sees positive impact from 'Concussion' movie


George McCaskey sees positive impact from 'Concussion' movie

The Will Smith film “Concussion” opening in theaters on Christmas Day will focus attention on one of the darkest sides of sport — in this case football, but the issue is far beyond just the subject sport — and the question of brain trauma and its consequences. If some of the attention may cause the NFL and other sports to squirm because of how they have or haven’t dealt with the threat, Bears Chairman George McCaskey isn’t afraid of the overall impact and in fact finds a potential major positive in something with well-known tragedies in its wake.

“The important part, I think, is that any attention on player health and safety is a good thing,” McCaskey said Friday. “The NFL’s made changes in recent years; rules changes; research is being funded. We need to improve the science. We need to improve the equipment and we need to improve the rules, need to improve the rules enforcement.

“And we think that the changes that we’re making in the NFL will filter down to all levels, college, high school, youth.”

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The issue has struck deep and close into the Bears extended family. Super Bowl XX safety Dave Duerson committed suicide in 2011, shooting himself in the chest in order to preserve his brain for research into the issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). His family has publicly criticized the film’s accuracy in portrayal of Duerson.

McCaskey, however, left to the family and film’s producers, instead underscoring the need to take actions on behalf of players.

“We need to do what we can for our former players across the board,” McCaskey said. “We owe it to them.”

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Whether current players see the film or not is “up to them,” McCaskey said, reiterating that “if it focuses attention on player health and safety, that’s a good thing.

“The changes that have been made in recent years — 39 safety-related rules changes in the last 10 years — if it sparks discussion, debate, that’s fine.”

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7


Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.

NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

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NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Jags, Eagles, Bears all see stock fall

Take a look over the NFC landscape and try to find me a team that can compete with the Rams. 

Packers? Held back by Rodgers' knee and Rodgers' coach. Saints? Might not even win their own division. Washington? Does Alex Smith really scare anyone in the playoffs? 

The Rams have one of the easier paths to the Championship Round/Super Bowl that we've seen in some time. Will it likely stay that way? Probably not. But there's a difference between parity and mediocrity and right now the NFC is toeing the line HARD. 

Outside the NFC's "elite", how did your team do this week? 

You can take a look here and see where they landed.