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CSN to air new edition of its Chicago Bears program that looks at the off-the-field lives of players

CSN to air new edition of its Chicago Bears program that looks at the off-the-field lives of players

Next episode of “Bears Life presented by Xfinity,” featuring a look into the private life of Bears safety RYAN MUNDY, premieres Sunday, August 9 at 5:00 PM CT 

Chicago, IL (August 5, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bears, will provide viewers with a new episode of its half-hour, documentary-style program entitled Bears Life presented by Xfinity, which takes viewers inside the private lives of some of the Bears most beloved players. 

The next edition of Bears Life will make its Comcast SportsNet debut on Sunday, August 9 at 5:00 PM CT (or immediately following “Cubs Postgame Live”), featuring a behind-the-scenes look into the personal life of Bears safety RYAN MUNDY.  Mundy, who is now entering his eighth NFL season, second with the Bears, has never missed a game in his standout career.

CSN recently spent an entire day following and interviewing Mundy at Wrigley Field, where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Cubs-Reds game on June 14, along his moment in the spotlight singing the 7th inning stretch. CSN also gained exclusive access to capture Mundy’s behind-the-scenes life at home, where he is a proud husband and father to two young daughters.  Among the topics of discussion include how the team struggles of last season have fueled him for a career year in 2015, why he feels such a strong connection to the city of Chicago, along with his preparation for life after football as he has already participated in graduate programs at Notre Dame and, more recently, the University of Miami.

Viewers are also urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional Bears Life content never before seen on TV.  Plus, fans will also be able to watch Bears Life online after its on-air debut.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Bears Life presented by Xfinity, featuring Ryan Mundy, on the following dates/times: Sun, Aug. 9 at 10:00 PM (on CSN+HD) - Mon, Aug. 17 at 4:30 PM - Tue, Aug. 18 at 8:00 PM - Fri, Aug. 21 at 7:30 PM - Sun, Aug. 23 at 4:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Thu, Aug. 27 at 1:00 PM - Sat, Aug. 29 at 3:30 PM (on CSN+HD) & Sun, Aug. 30 at 5:00 PM. (Schedule subject to change) 

Note the following quotes from the next edition of Bears Life presented by Xfinity, premiering Sunday, August 9 at 5:00 PM on Comcast SportsNet:

MUNDY on the disappointing 2014 Bears season:

“This is a bold statement, but I believe it to be true. Last year was probably my worst cumulative experience in a football season ever. I’ve been playing football since 1992, so that’s a long time. There was so much going on and there was so much that went wrong.  I had a great season individually, but it didn’t matter because there was always something going on with our team. We could never just be on the same page. Whether it was offense, whether it was defense giving up 100 points in two games, or offense when we couldn’t score more than 28 points in any game…it was just bad…it was always something. Thankfully, that’s over. We got some good people in the building and I’m really looking forward to that. I’m a big believer in environment and energy and I felt like the environment just wasn’t good last year.”

MUNDY on why he loves Chicago:

“I have a strong connection to the city of Chicago because it reminds me of my hometown of Pittsburgh. They are very similar cities. Blue collar, great people, they care about their teams, family-oriented cities and just hard working cities with a lot of tradition and history. I think that’s really why I embrace the city of Chicago and why I really like it here and I’m going to make it my home.”

MUNDY on life after football:

“One of the first things someone said to me was that the NFL stood for ‘Not For Long.’ Fortunately, I’m going into my eighth year and I’ve had a great career and some great experiences. At some point, the game does come to an end whether I play eight years, nine years, ten years, or an undrafted rookie comes in and plays only one season or somewhere in between. Eventually you’re going to have to stop playing football and move on with life. My plan was to play ten years and that’s only three seasons from now and I’ll only be 32 years old. I looked at it like, ‘What am I going to do with the rest of my life at age 32?...I accomplished my life goal at the age of 22, what’s my next challenge?...How do I take things that I’ve learned from football and the values and characteristics that I’ve built up in this game and make them applicable in the next aspect of my life?’ That’s what really excites me.”

NOTE: New episodes of Bears Life presented by Xfinity will be announced at a later date.

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

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Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.

Wendell Carter Jr. survives gauntlet of centers to begin career

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Wendell Carter Jr. survives gauntlet of centers to begin career

Don't tell Wendell Carter Jr. the center position is a dying breed.

The 19-year-old rookie hasn't exactly been able to ease into the NBA, finding himself up against a handful of All-Stars and powerful frontcourts just five days into his career.

It culminated Monday night with a date against Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan, and once again the seventh overall pick held his own. It was much of the same as it was against Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Detroit's Andre Drummond last week (and Nikola Jokic in the preseason finale): some good, some bad, plenty of poise and zero backing down. The NBA is unforgiving, but this could very well be the toughest stretch Carter faces all season.

"He’s playing against top level centers now," Fred Hoiberg said before Monday's game. "It’s a great experience for him. He’s going to learn and get better and he plays within himself, we will continue to look for him to be more aggressive."

He was as aggressive as the Bulls have seen him against Jordan and the Mavericks. He blew by the 20 and 18 minutes he played in the first two games of the year, totalling 32 minutes. His final line won't tell the story - 4 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a block - of a Carter who defended well at the rim, picking and choosing his spots on when to attack shots and when to simply use his verticality.

He wasn't credited for a block but he contested a Jordan dunk that turned into a Bobby Portis dunk on the other end. Plus-minus isn't always a good indicator of a player's worth, but Carter was a +5 in a 14-point Bulls loss. He even attempted a corner 3-pointer early in the shot clock, showing no hesitation. Carter's had his moments, but it's also apparent he's got a 19-year-old body going up against veterans each night. That'll come with time in the weight room. For now the experience is 

"I appreciate the fact I’m able to play against these very talented bigs early in my career," Carter said after the loss to the Pistons. "What I need to work on is I have to get stronger; that’s the first thing I recognize; just being up against the best. I love the competition. It’s always a great feeling going against the best."

What the Bulls are finding out is they have a player mature beyond his years. As he progresses he'll continue to get more difficult assignments. He had his rookie moment late in Monday's loss, committing a turnover in the backcourt after the Bulls had cut the deficit to five with 35 seconds left. The fouls are also an issue, as Carter has committed 10 in three games (after committing 17 in five preseason games).

That doesn't necessarily seem important for a Lottery-bound team, but considering the continued struggles of Robin Lopez (and Cristiano Felicio is entirely out of the rotation) it is. Lopez had 2 points and 1 rebound in 10 minutes while committing five personal fouls. In three games he has 11 personal fouls and 11 points, and also has more turnovers (five) than rebounds (four). If the Bulls are going to compete until Lauri Markkanen returns, Carter will need to hover around the 32 minutes he played Monday.

He'll get a much easier test on Wednesday when the Charlotte Hornets arrive in town. Cody Zeller doesn't exactly have the credentials of a Jokic or Embiid, meaning Carter may have a little more room to work. 

The Bulls know they have something in Carter. It'll be abother month until they can deploy him alongside Markkanen, but if the first three games are any indication, Carter won't have any problems matching up with some of the league's best.