'The icing's already on the cake'


'The icing's already on the cake'

The damn cake was already in the oven. It was just a matter of when it came out. All Jon had to do was put the icing on it.

This was the quote former Tampa Buccaneers All-Pro defensive tackle Warren Sapp stated when his team won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002.

Jon Gruden arrived as Tampa Bays new head coach after Tony Dungy was given his walking papers after years of stagnant offenses. The Buccaneers went on to become Super Bowl Champions with Gruden tinkering, while injecting life into an underwhelming unproductive offensive group led by veteran quarterback cast off Brad Johnson.

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One could make a great case for Gruden becoming the next head coach of the Chicago Bears. The team has the same exact Tampa 2 defense is in place with some great players, as what Dungy had built in Tampa. Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is already on staff and was Grudens defensive line coach with Monte Kiffen serving as defensive coordinator. Also note that Monte is available, as he just stepped down working as the defensive coordinator at University of Southern California.

Furthermore, Gruden has historically worked with veteran quarterbacks and could be magical with Jay Cutler. The two are along the same lines of intensity and would enjoy working the Xs and Os of football together, along with competing every Sunday.

This type of move keeps the defense intact along with some of the current coaches on staff in Chicago. There really is no reason to fire special-teams coordinator Dave Toub, Marinelli, or even quarterback coach Jeremy Bates, who was also with Gruden in Tampa.

He also has a history with the Green Bay Packers when he was cutting his teeth coming up the coaching ranks. In my experiences with Gruden, he is a football historian who loves and respects rivalries. He would also provide a dig back at Green Bay when one of their own would return to Lambeau, only to defeat the Packers as a Chicago Bear. Having Gruden as the leader in the clubhouse as the next head coach for the Chicago Bears could prove successful.

Bears to don throwback helmets Sunday against Giants


Bears to don throwback helmets Sunday against Giants

The Bears are throwing it back to the past this weekend at Soldier Field.

The Bears will rock 1960s throwback helmets Sunday when they take on the New York Giants. The helmet is navy blue and features a white "C" logo and gray facemask, whereas the current helmet has an orange "C" and white facemask.

A look at the throwback lid:

The Bears donned those helmets from 1962-72 during the playing days of  Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, now Hall of Famers. They won the 1963 NFL Championship along the way.

“I think a lot of Bears fans remember the ‘60s, especially the ’63 championship team winning at Wrigley against the Giants with those ‘Cs’ on our helmet,” Bears chairman George H. McCaskey said. “And of course Butkus and Sayers and all the great memories they provided. That small change I think means a lot to people.”

As 2019 is the Bears' 100th season as a franchise, they've been honoring a different decade at each home game. The Bears have also installed seven-foot tall bobbleheads around Chicago each week featuring players from that week's celebratory decade.

Unsurprisingly, this week's game will celebrate the 1960s, with Butkus and Sayers represented in life-size bobblehead form:

The Bears will give out bobbleheads of Butkus and Sayers to the first 20,000 fans who arrive at Sunday's game.

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Mitch Trubisky practiced in full on Thursday


Mitch Trubisky practiced in full on Thursday

As Chicago continues to analyze Mitch Trubisky’s hip and figure out if his benching was actually injury related or performance related, the injury report from practice makes it seem like he should play on Sunday.

Trubisky was a full participant in practice on Thursday, just as he was on Wednesday. Back-to-back full practices would seem to indicate he should be full go for Sunday’s game against the Giants.

If not, then chaos will ensue.

As for the rest of the injury report, offensive lineman Bobby Massie was not limited with his back injury while linebacker Isaiah Irving was limited with a quad injury.

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