For much of the past week the flood of local news regarding individuals in the Bears coach-search process has been self-serving. The predictably glowing testimonials about each candidate and GM Phil Emery may be accurate insights but this sort of thing is not uncommonly motivated by media members eager to curry favor with the possible new coach or with Emery.
But ESPNs Adam Schefter put out something with a touch of objectivity Saturday when he spoke with two of the interviewed candidates, who told him they have never interviewed with anyone as prepared and detailed as Emery. Dane Noble over at SB Nation gives a good account of the situation.
Anonymous sources can be suspect, but in this case, because Adam doesnt name the candidates (which could be Tampa Bays Mike Sullivan, Atlantas Keith Armstrong, even Dave Toub or Marc Trestman), I give it more cred rather than less. No one is using the platform to make nice-nice with Emery.
Being thorough, detailed and prepared doesnt assure a winning result. Anybody whos gone into an exam stone-cold ready and come out with a C is nodding here. But unprepared and un-detailed could all but assure a whiff.
As I noted previously, Emerys 13-candidate (for now) guest list is in the tradition of Mark Hatleys preliminary search for Dave Wannstedts replacement in 1999.
More important, the process has not yet cost the Bears one of their prime candidates; they werent after Doug Marrone (Buffalo), Rob Chudzinski (Cleveland) or Andy Reid (Kansas City) and the other four teams coach-questing are on a pace not appreciably faster than the Bears.
The speed of their offensive-coordinator search in 2010 cost the Bears several top college coaches because the search was dragging within range of recruiting. The Bears settled on Mike Martz.
So far the Bears are not settling for anything.
Former Bears tight end Greg Olsen will reportedly join Fox Sports’s broadcast booth, whenever he calls it quits on his playing career.
The New York Post reports that Olsen and Fox agreed to a contract that would make him Kevin Burkhardt’s partner as the No. 2 analyst for the network, behind Troy Aikman.
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Olsen signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks this year. If he chooses to play beyond 2020, the New York Post says that Fox will wait for him.
Olsen got rave reviews when he called the Cardinals-Giants game last season. He was also popular calling XFL games with Burkhardt.
The only question now, is how much does Olsen have left in the tank before he heads to the booth?
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You may know Brian Urlacher for a number of different things. Bears legend, billboard icon, that guy whose jersey the obnoxiously loud dude you met at a party was wearing, etc. He contains multitudes.
But sometime in the near future, apparently, you may know Brian Urlacher as part-owner of the New York Mets:
Urlacher has joined a group with Travis Kelce, DeMarco Murray, Joe Thomas, Bradley Beal, and Mason Plumlee, all of whom "are part of a group of investors who have joined power couple Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in a bid to buy the New York Mets." Urlacher's even quoted!
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"Being a former athlete and having a chance to be a part of a group trying to purchase a professional team, it's pretty cool," Urlacher told ESPN on Monday. "It's especially cool to be involved with Alex. Alex is the man. You've got Kelce, Joe Thomas, DeMarco Murray. It's great to be in a group with them."
The group has already put in a $1.7 billion bid, presumably from all the revenue that RESTORE has accumulated thanks to their mission of being in every single Chicago sightline possible. There are, in fact, too many punchlines to this story to pick one (ok fine I lied, there's only one way for Bears fans to grow more miserable and that's to adopt the Mets), but just know that I heartily approve of each and every one you decide on.