Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Posted: 10:57 p.m.
By John Mullin
While a number of rules were decided upon at the NFL owners meetings, such as ones dealing with kickoffs and replay reviews of scoring plays, a couple of other things werent quite as clear, or at least needed some clarification.
Commissioner Roger Goodell did say Tuesday that he does not see the lockout lasting to the point of forcing cancellation of games. We are certainly planning on having a full season, Goodell said at his media session.
Goodell also said that the leagues Personal Conduct Policy will remain in place and applies to everybody in the league, he said. Obviously the league cannot enforce policies when there is no contractual obligation. But Goodell made it evident that the league will be watching and taking names. Once the labor situation is resolved, enforcement would be a subject for discussion between the league and players group.
That sets up an interesting scenario. The upshot would appear to be that players can be gigged for breaking a rule when they technically werent really bound by that rule.
This policy hasnt been a front-burner matter for the Bears, since the exit of Tank Johnson really, but with the lockout situation, a question had arisen as to whether players were subject to league action for misdeeds when there was no de facto league for them.
That question may not fully be answered until two things happen: Someone does something unacceptable under the rules of the leagues policy. And the two sides in the labor impasse need to get far bigger issues resolved.
John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.
The Bears will reunite with former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in Denver this summer, as word broke Monday the Broncos will host Matt Nagy and Co. for joint training camp practices in advance of their preseason game in August.
The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs confirmed the news on Twitter.
This is the second time Denver will welcome the Bears for training camp sessions. The two teams held joint practices back in 2018.
Training camp won't be the first time the Bears will see Fangio since his departure last offseason. Chicago pulled off a last-second victory over the Broncos in Week 2 of the 2019 season when kicker Eddy Pineiro booted a 53-yard game-winner as time expired in the fourth quarter. His kick was set up by the clutch version of Mitch Trubisky, who connected on a 25-yard pass to Allen Robinson on the play before Pineiro's conversion.
Fangio left a lasting impact during his time as the Bears defensive coordinator that reached its peak in 2018 when Chicago was widely regarded as the most ferocious defense in the league. The Bears finished third in yards allowed per game and ended the season with the top run defense. Their 27 interceptions were tops in the NFL, too.
The 2020 NFL Combine will go a long way in determining the final draft grade for each of the 337 prospects participating in on-field drills. General managers and scouts want to see whether their athletic testing matches the traits noted on film. If a player runs faster than he plays, scouts will question his on-field instincts and overall football IQ. In the alternative, if he runs slower than he plays, questions about level of competition and the ability to 'win' on the NFL level will be raised.
But in order to understand whether or not a prospect is having a good performance, you first have to know what the NFL is looking for as its minimum time/result required for each position and drill.
NFL Hall-of-Fame executive Gil Brandt, one of the legendary draft minds in the sport, shared what has become the standard breakdown each team uses when assessing a player's 40 time, 3-cone drill, broad jump, vertical jump and more.
Check it out:
Keep this page bookmarked this week and refer back to this chart as your favorite Bears prospects try to run and jump their way to Chicago.
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