What the Bears can take away from wild-card weekend


What the Bears can take away from wild-card weekend

The Bears were not playing in the wild-card games this weekend but that should not exclude advancing some points of understanding:

Ten of the NFLs top 14 quarterbacks in completion percentage not yardage, not rating had their teams in the playoffs. That includes San Francisco, where Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith had a combined 66.3 percent, which would have been good for No. 4. In all four of wild-card games, the teams whose quarterback had the higher completion percentage in that game advanced (Joe Flacco, Baltimore; Matt Schaub, Houston; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay; Russell Wilson, Seattle.)

RELATED: Trestman should be a serious candidate for Bears

The specific on why that matters is because incompletions are totally wasted downs and teams that win do not have quarterbacks who net nothing from large numbers of snaps.

Jay Cutler was 21st at 58.8 percent. Why this projects as possibly significant is that GM Phil Emery has established living with Cutler for at least a year. But head coaching candidates include:

Tom Clements from Green Bay (Rodgers, 67 percent);

Rick Dennison from Houston (Schaub, 64 percent);

Mike McCoy from Denver (P. Manning, 69 percent);

Pete Carmichael from New Orleans (Drew Brees, 63 percent);

and Bruce Arians, who worked with Andrew Luck (54 percent) through a rookie learning season but whose most extensive work was in Pittsburgh with Ben Roethlisberger, who had only one year (59.9) below a 61-percent completion percentage.

RELATED: Thoughts on Dennison, Trestman and why no Lovie?

Cutler has not had a success rate higher than 60.5 as a Bear and was sub-59 percent the past two years. That is not what some of the better candidates are used to or will put up with

Thinking on the run

The Bears and some quarters of their public may want a radical change in approach to offense. Ummm, not so fast.

Six of the NFLs top rushing teams made it into the playoffs. They may not all have gotten off the bus running but they came off the bus making defenses think about their running. Three of the four teams advancing had 100-yard rushers, the fourth team being Green Bay, which is a special case but still ran 31 times vs. 36 pass plays.

The top two run teams (Washington, Minnesota) lost but Seattle (No. 3), San Francisco (4), New England (7) and Houston (8) are in the quarterfinals, as is Baltimore (No. 11).

The Bears were No. 10 in yards and averaged 4.2 yards per carry, same as Houston and New England.

Report: Former Bears tight end Greg Olsen to call games at Fox after retirement

Report: Former Bears tight end Greg Olsen to call games at Fox after retirement

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.

Click to download the MyTeams App for the latest Bears news and analysis.

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?

REPORT: Madden 21 rating leaks: Khalil Mack may have lost elite 99-overall status


Brian Urlacher joins A-Rod, J-Lo and others in bid for New York Mets

Brian Urlacher joins A-Rod, J-Lo and others in bid for New York Mets

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!

RELATED: 20 For 20: Can Mitch Trubisky Save His Career?

"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.