Word on the Street: Gibson to start v. Clippers?

Word on the Street: Gibson to start v. Clippers?

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
Gibson likely to start v. Clippers

With Bulls' center Joakim Noah out for between eight and 10 weeks, Taj Gibson will be called on to pick up much of the slack. Coach Tom Thibodeau said, though it's not yet definitive, Gibson will likely start on Saturday night against the Clippers. Gibson, of course, started the majority of last year as well as earlier this year while Boozer was out with his hand injury.

"The one thing I do like about Taj is his shot-blocking is terrific. He protects the front of the rim. His team defense is excellent," said Thibodeau. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Harvin to start v. Bears

When the Bears and Vikings take the frozen field at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday night, Percy Harvin will be there. Harvin has missed the last two games for the Vikings due to migraines that have plagued him for the majority of the season, however he now says he expects to play on Monday night against the Bears.

"Feeling great now," Harvin said Friday in the locker room before practice. "I had a bad two weeks. I think the last week was more precautionary, seeing how I react to a lot of the new medicines I was on." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Briggs unhappy with venue
Lance Briggs voiced his displeasure with the league's choice of venues for the upcoming Monday night game between the Bears and Vikings after practice on Friday.

"I really hope that the representatives from the NFLPA voice our concerns about playing there...Some of the things that make me scratch my head all the time," Briggs said. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Blackhawks sign Johnson

The Blackhawks have signed center Ryan Johnson to a one-year contract. Johnson, who had been with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on a tryout basis, will wear No. 17 and may play Friday night against the Red Wings. Prior to playing in the AHL, Johnson played with the Panthers, Lightning, Blues, and Canucks in the NHL. (

Greinke fires agent; wants out of KC

Former Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke fired his agent on Friday, the clearest sign to date that he wants out of Kansas City. Frustrated with losing, Greinke became disengaged from his team at multiple points throughout the 2010 season. Through his now-seven full seasons with the Royals, his team has yet to muster even a single winning season. In fact, he has only experienced one season in which his team lost less than 90 games. (FoxSports)

Trubisky tired of comparisons to Wentz, Goff

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Trubisky tired of comparisons to Wentz, Goff

Mitch Trubisky is a believer in the Chicago Bears new offense heading into 2018. He's been jacked up about coach Matt Nagy and his arsenal of new skill players all offseason, and on Thursday he gave reporters at Bears training camp an even greater description of what's to come.

"We're going to create our own identity and it's going to be something the Chicago Bears haven't seen for a while," he said.

That identity is expected to be something similar to what was seen in Kansas City last year when Nagy was calling plays. It was an offense that featured efficient quarterback play, the NFL's leading rusher, a high-flying playmaker at receiver and an All-Pro tight end. 

Not bad at all.

But don't ask Trubisky about comparisons to other teams, or, more specifically, comparisons centered around him and other young quarterbacks in the NFL.

"I'm tired of it all," Trubisky said of being compared to Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. "All the doubts, all the comparisons, tired of waiting, and excited that camp is here and ready for year two. All I can do is control my attitude & effort.

"I know who I am. I know what kind of player I can be. And I know my role on the team. I'm looking forward to proving that."

The weight of a city and a lot of jobs in the front office are on Trubisky's shoulders. He has the mental makeup to handle it, but he also hasn't been tested like he has this offseason when whispers questioning his long-term potential have begun in far corners of football media.

Trubisky has been set up for success in 2018. He's in a quarterback-friendly system with receivers who can make him a star. He should have little trouble proving his doubters wrong and finally showing Bears fans what it means to cheer for a fun and exciting offense.

Allen Robinson: 'I feel 100 percent. I'm ready to go'

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Allen Robinson: 'I feel 100 percent. I'm ready to go'

The good news about Allen Robinson continues to pour in.

This time, it's from Robinson himself, who declared Thursday at Chicago Bears training camp that he's 100 percent healthy and ready to go for practice, which gets underway Friday.

"I feel 100 percent. I'm ready to go," he said. "It was all about getting ready for this time right here."

Robinson, who GM Ryan Pace signed to a three-year, $42 million deal in free agency, said his responsibility is to make Mitch Trubisky's job easier.

"I want Mitch [Trubisky] to go out there and play free and it's my job to make his easy."

Robinson certainly made Blake Bortles' job easy in 2015 when he went off for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. It's that kind of elite production that has Trubisky very excited about what the duo can do in Chicago. If Robinson can have that much success with a player like Bortles, who isn't exactly known for his accuracy, he should thrive with Trubisky whose throws hit the mark more often than not.

Coach Matt Nagy said the Bears are starting training camp healthy and that no players are expected on the PUP list. That's great news all around, but mostly for Robinson, whose long road to recovery finally appears behind him.