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Former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt to be next featured guest on Inside Look

Former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt to be next featured guest on Inside Look

“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Chris Boden, featuring Dave Wannstedt to debut Monday, January 18 at 9:30 PM CT

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (January 14, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac

Debuting Monday, January 18 at 9:30 PM CT, Comcast SportsNet’s Chris Bodenhosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with former Chicago Bears head coach/current Comcast SportsNet NFL analyst DAVE WANNSTEDT.  Wannstedt, who spent close to four decades coaching in the college or pro ranks, including 11 years as an NFL head coach (six with the Bears), is now a full-time college/NFL analyst on a variety of media outlets, including Comcast SportsNet.  In this edition of Inside Look,Wannstedt discusses everything from how he got his start in coaching, to accepting the Bears head coaching job while still employed with the Dallas Cowboys, along with his dismissal from the Bears, if he plans on ever coaching again, and much more.   

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website - CSNChicago.com - for additional interview content never before seen on TV.  Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Dave Wannstedt on the following dates/times: Fri, Jan. 22 at 1:30pm and Mon, Jan. 25 at 7:30pm on CSN+.  Schedule subject to change.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Dave Wannstedt presented by Cadillac premiering Monday, January 18 at 9:30 PM on Comcast SportsNet:

WANNSTEDT on how he got his start in coaching

“I always wanted to be a coach.  I knew I was kind of a borderline player, and I had an opportunity to coach at Pitt at that time and we were really rolling.  In fact, in my second year at coaching, we won the national championship, beating Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, so to have a chance to be a part of that was the greatest thing in the world.  I was a full-time coach in college at 24 years old, which was very usual.”

WANNSTEDT on accepting the Bears head coaching job, while preparing for the Super Bowl with Dallas:

“Mike McCaskey calls and offers me the Bears job, so I accepted went down to talk with Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones.  Mike says ‘okay, we’re going to do a press conference,’ and I’m looking at my watch.  I mean I probably didn’t get a chance to enjoy it as much as I could have because I’m truly looking at my watch saying ‘I’ve got to get back (to Dallas) by eight o’clock with the defense the next morning.  It was a bit of a stressful time, but it all worked out.”

WANNSTEDT on being dismissed by the Bears:

“I probably should have been gone the year before that to be really honest with you and it wouldn’t have surprised me…but they (McCaskey family) were as patient as you could be and as good as you could be and I’ve always respected that.”

WANNSTEDT on if he will ever consider becoming a coach again:

“I am not working for anyone else anymore.  I did that a couple of times after I left Pitt and it was great. (Boden: “Not even Jimmy?”) Not even Jimmy Johnson!”

Corey Crawford expects to make season debut for Blackhawks on Thursday vs. Arizona

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Corey Crawford expects to make season debut for Blackhawks on Thursday vs. Arizona

The wait is almost over.

After missing nearly 10 months with a concussion, Corey Crawford said he expects to start on Thursday when the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center. An official decision will come following the team's morning skate.

"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. ... It was a pretty long process. But I think the most important thing was not to rush anything. When I finally was out, it got to a point where I wasn’t in shape to play and it was time to rest and it’s unfortunate it took a lot longer than I would’ve liked. 

"It’s been long, but finally, just to get back and be practicing with the team has meant a lot. It’s good to get to this point now when you’re really close to playing. Practices have been great, been getting timing a little bit more and getting up to speed and reading shots and all that, so it'll be nice to finally get in one."

Crawford's last appearance in an NHL game was Dec. 23, 2017 against the New Jersey Devils when he allowed three goals on seven shots in 13:22 of action before getting pulled. So of course, emotions will naturally be running high, especially in front of the hometown crowd.

"I'm sure I'll be a little anxious getting into it," Crawford said. "Some nerves. But we'll see. We'll wait until the morning, but I'm definitely excited I can tell you that."

It's obviously terrific news for the Blackhawks, who have picked up eight out of a possible 10 points to start the season and are getting their two-time Stanley Cup winning goalie back between the pipes. It's been a long time coming, and Crawford is coming back into a healthy situation where the Blackhawks are in a good spot in the standings.

"It's great news, I'm sure it'll be exciting for him exciting for our team, exciting for our fans and the organization as well," Patrick Kane said. "It’s probably a good situation all around. Cam [Ward] has done a great job of playing in the net so far. Crow is really good in practice right now, so I’m sure he’s itching to get back, too. We’ve had a good start here. It’s something we want to keep going, and I’m sure him coming back on home ice, in front of our crowd, will be a fun one for him and for our team."

There's no doubting how important Crawford is the team and organization. While there may be a little bit of rust early on, the Blackhawks are expecting him to look like his old self.

"He means a lot to the team," Quenneville said. "We felt last year was a good example of how important he was and how well he was playing for us, as well. We’ve gotten off to a decent start and he was a big factor in it. We know that goaltending is such a big part of the team and your success a lot of nights depends on him and his consistency’s always been in place.

"But he looks good in the net. He’s been off for a long, long time. Is there rust? Do we expect rust? I think the way he’s competing and practicing and finding pucks, he looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. So we’re looking forward to him getting in there and getting comfortable and how he’s feeling going forward will dictate a lot of the decisions about him going back in."

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: