Bears

Word on the Street: Should Bears take flyer on Moss?

Word on the Street: Should Bears take flyer on Moss?

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010
CSNChicago.com

Should the Bears take a flyer on Randy Moss?

Everybody seems to have mixed opinions on the matter. CSNChicago's own John "Moon" Mullin thinks it could be disastrous and the thought of having Moss and Cutler in the same huddle is "frightening."

Brian Urlacher says it wouldn't hurt his feelings at all when asked about adding Moss to the Bears on the Dan Patrick show on CSN this morning.

Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei believes the Bears should at least be considering Moss, but also said the enigmatic WR would need to go to a "contending team with a void at wide receiver, a strong head coach, a secure quarterback whose leadership is unquestioned and an offensive scheme that will allow him to do his thing."

Kyle Koster of the Chicago Sun-Times feels Moss is the last thing the Bears need, citing the weak offensive line as the most prime need first and foremost. (CSNChicago.com, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times)

Still interested in Sosa's corked bat?

If you were interested in buying Sammy Sosa's corked bat from June 3, 2003 but wasn't able to attend the auction Sunday night, you're in luck. The infamous bat didn't sell.

The bat, which has been the property of former Cubs reliever Mike Remlinger since '03, was originally priced for 15,000, but the highest bid was for 14,407. The bat is now either going to be sold to the highest bidder or will be sold privately. (ABC News)

Is Adam Dunn a good fit in the Windy City?
The Cubbies Crib blog analyzes whether prized free agent Adam Dunn is worth it for the North Siders, as he will likely command a pretty penny for a team that is supposed to be cutting back on payroll. Writer Jordan Campbell offers three cheaper options, including Aubrey Huff, who just won a World Series ring with the Giants. (CubbiesCrib.com)

Five Chicago baseball prospects named to AFL Rising Stars game

Outfielder Jared Mitchell, infielder Eduardo Escobar and pitcher Anthony Carter of the White Sox' organization and pitcher Chris Carpenter and infielder Josh Vitters of the Cubs' organziation were all named to play in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game that will take place on Saturday. (Chicago Tribune)

Marlins set to sign Rodriguez as manager

The Florida Marlins are expected to announce Edwin Rodriguez as the organization's new manager as early as Wednesday. Reports came out late last week indicating the Marlins were very interested in White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen and would even be willing to trade top outfield prospect Mike Stanton for the outspoken manager, but those reports were found to be untrue. (Palm Beach Post)

Warner has some words of advice for Cutler

Kurt Warner, a product of the "Greatest Show on Turf" in St. Louis with current Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, has a few words of advice for current Chicago QB Jay Cutler.
Warner said Cutler is "a perfect fit from a confidence, from an ability standpoint."

"But where I think it has to adjust is he's got to be able to anticipate within that offense and see things ahead of time, throw the ball before a guy gets open, trust the guy to come open or move to his next read. That's where I see him struggling right now within that offense." (LA Times)
Texans waive Ogunleye

Defensive end Adawale Ogunleye, a former Bears player, was placed on waivers by the Houston Texans Tuesday. The Texans also picked up former Bear DE Mark Anderson when he was dropped from Chicago earlier this season. (Chicago Tribune)

Sky nab third pick in WNBA draft

The Chicago Sky, who finished 14-20 last season, wound up with the third pick in the 2011 WNBA draft. The Minnesota Lynx will pick first, followed by the Tulsa Shock. (Chicago Tribune)

Recalling moments in Tom Brady history ahead of his likely last meeting with Bears

tb-bro.jpg
USA TODAY

Recalling moments in Tom Brady history ahead of his likely last meeting with Bears

As Tom Brady approaches what in all reasonable likelihood will be his last game against the Bears and in Soldier Field, the first time this reporter saw Tom Brady comes very much to mind. Actually the first times, plural. Because they were indeed memorable, for different reasons.

That was back in 2001, when Brady should have started replacing Wally Pipp as the poster athlete for what can happen when a player has to sit out and his replacement never gives the job back. Drew Bledsoe, who’d gotten the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl, had gotten injured week two of that season. Brady, who’d thrown exactly one pass as a rookie the year before, stepped in and never came out, playing the Patriots into the AFC playoffs the same year the Bears were reaching and exiting the NFC playoffs when Philadelphia’s Hugh Douglas body-slammed QB Jim Miller on his shoulder.

After that the playoff assignments were elsewhere, including the Patriots-Steelers meeting in Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship. Brady started that game but left with an ankle injury and Bledsoe came off the bench to get the Patriots into Super Bowl.

Then came one of those rare moments when you are witnessing history but have the misfortune of not knowing it at the time.

The question of Super Bowl week was whether Bill Belichick would stay with Bledsoe’s winning hand or go back to Brady. Belichick of course waited deep into Super Bowl week before announcing his decision at 8 p.m. on a Thursday night, the second time that season Belichick had opted to stay with Brady over a healthy Bledsoe. And of course Belichick didn’t announce the decision himself (surprise); he had it put out by the team’s media relations director.

You did have to respect Belichick, though, going into his first Super Bowl as a head coach with a sixth-round draft choice at quarterback and leaving a former (1992) No. 1-overall pick with a $100-million contract on the bench. The Patriots upset The Greatest Show on Turf Rams in that Super Bowl, Brady was MVP, and Bledsoe was traded to Buffalo that offseason.

History.

That Super Bowl also included one of those performance snapshots the Bears envision for Mitch Trubisky but missed a chance to let him attempt last Sunday at Miami in his 17th NFL start. Brady took the Patriots on a drive starting at their own 17 with 1:30 to play and no timeouts, ending with an Adam Vinatieri field-goal winner.

If Belichick was all right letting his second-year quarterback in just his 17th start throw eight straight passes starting from inside his own red zone, the next time Matt Nagy gets the football at his own 20 with timeouts and time in hand, best guess is that the decision will be to see if his quarterback lead a game-winning drive with his arm instead of handing off.

It may not happen this Sunday. Brady is a career 4-0 vs. Bears, and if there is one constant it is that his opposite numbers play really bad football against him, or rather his coach’s defense. Bears quarterback passer ratings opposite Brady, even in years when the Bears were good: Jim Miller 51.2 in 2002, Rex Grossman 23.7 in 2006; Jay Cutler 32.9 and Cutler again in the 51-23 blowout in Foxboro. Cutler finished that game with a meaningless 108.6 rating, meaningless because Cutler put up big numbers beginning when his team was down 38-7 after he’d mucked about with a 61.7 rating, plus having a fumble returned for a TD, while the Bears were being humiliated.

A surprise would be if Trubisky bumbles around like his predecessors (New England allows an average opponent passer rating of 91.6), but whether he can produce a third straight 120-plus rating…. Then again, Pat Mahomes put a 110.0 on the Patriots last Sunday night, but Deshaun Watson managed only a 62.9 against New England in game one.

Trubisky will make the third of the three 2017 first-round QB’s to face the Patriots. The first two lost.

Bulls Talk Podcast: The ultimate Bulls briefing to get you ready for Opening Night

lavine-and-parker.jpg
USA TODAY

Bulls Talk Podcast: The ultimate Bulls briefing to get you ready for Opening Night

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski sits down with Kendall Gill and Will Perdue to discuss all the need-to-know topics to get you ready for the season opener. The guys analyze how Lauri’s injury will make its mark on the early season rotation, whether Jabari will return to the starting unit or embrace the 6th-man role and why Portis betting on himself is the right move. Plus, Kendall has the key to unlock a “6th Man of the Year” award for Portis this season.

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below: