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Moon: There are reasons for hope, but...

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Moon: There are reasons for hope, but...

Thursday, March 10, 2011Posted: 1:50 PM

By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com

The reasons for optimism continue to flow out of Washington in the NFLNFLPA talks even though a key in all of this, as we stress in virtually every collective bargaining story, is to realize that nothing is settled until its settled.

The latest, reported by Mike Freeman at CBSSports.com and elaborated on by Gregg Rosenthal at ProFootballTalk.com, is that some owners appear willing to open team books for examination as part of discussions on how much of a 1 billion sum the owners should receive based on needs and diminishing profits.

Not surprisingly, other owners remain opposed. But a difference of opinion on an issue likely shouldnt be considered a fracturing in the ownership ranks. A league official told me that he had never seen owners so unified in thinking, and while some will inevitably take differing sides on an issue, disagreement shouldnt necessarily be taken as dissension.

Good advicebut

Former coach and current commentator Tony Dungy had a simple bit of advice for the two sides in the labor talks, but he also isnt sure its possible, which is the bad news from someone with long, storied experience in the NFL.

Speaking with Mike Florio on ProFootballTalk.coms Live show, Dungy underscored the obvious: Weve got to find the middle ground. And thats where in the past the Dan Rooneys and Wellington Maras have been so good. But he was not overwhelmingly optimistic for a simple reason: My fear is that we dont have enough Wellington Maras, Dan Rooneys, Gene Upshaws.

Well see. With the number of owners streaming into the meetings, you have to hope (believe?) that the Maras and Rooneys slipped in among em.
Kudos

Bears Vice Chairman George McCaskey, President Ted Phillips and former stars Richard Dent, Kurt Becker and Otis Wilson from 1980s teams are joining Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) at Soldier Field to bring awareness and show support for legislation moving through the General Assembly to help address the issue of concussions in Illinois elementary and high schools. Theyll join members of the IHSA, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and other groups in drawing the spotlight to a problem that is now finally being recognized for the insidious specter it is.

Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

All of the good graces Bill Belichick may have won on Tuesday afternoon -- when he compared the Bears' offense to Kansas City's -- are officially gone. 

Today, when talking to reporters, a Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison came up. Belichick, who coached LT as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator in the 1980s, was NOT having it: 

"Wait a minute, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor now. I’m not putting anybody in (LT’s) class. Put everybody down below that. With a lot of respect to a lot of good players, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor."

A bit harsh, Bill. 

For what it's worth, here's Khalil Mack's 2018 projection, assuming his latest ankle injury doesn't make him miss time: 

20 sacks, four interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries

That's .5 sacks less and four INTS, 16 FFs and 4 recoveries more than LT had in his 1986 MVP season. And yeah, maybe "they didn't record tackles/fumbles in 1986" and "16 forced fumbles would not only blow the current record (10) out of the water but is just plain unrealistic" but whatever, we're just sayin'. 

UPDATE: shocker, LT agrees: 

Matt Nagy gives update on the state of Khalil Mack's ankle

Matt Nagy gives update on the state of Khalil Mack's ankle

The Bears have seemingly dodged a bullet, for now. 

Following Tuesday's announcement that Khalil Mack would undergo further tests on the right ankle injury he sustained during Sunday's loss, Bears head coach had more optimistic news on Wednesday:

It could obviously get a lot worse than a day-to-day diagnosis, though not practicing on Wednesday might raise some eyebrows. 

It sounds like Mack is expected to be a go for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots, though as the Bears saw with the Dolphins' QB situation last week, things can change in a heartbeat.