The Seahawks trading Percy Harvin to the New York Jets dominated discussion among the NFL punditocracy on Sunday morning. Harvin was the top trending topic of the day. Here’s what Mike Ditka and Cris Carter had to say about it on ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown.Follow paulmbanks
Like I’ve always said booing is pointless, but you have a right to do it. Players and coaches have a right to complain about fans booing, and we as media have a right to ridicule them for doing so. Booing doesn’t accomplish anything, and helps no one. That said, Kyle Long and the rest of the Chicago Bears can be miffed if they want.
Today, Long ripped Bears for booing the team (which is 0-3 at home this year) and for not making enough noise to distract the Miami Dolphins when they were on offense, trying to convert third downs.Follow paulmbanks
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is polarizing. He has a huge personality that attracts both fans and critics. Numerous sources say Marshall yelled at his teammates today and called them out.
According to ESPN Chicago, Marshall called out QB Jay Cutler, with their source saying there “are some very selfish individuals in the locker room.”Follow paulmbanks
Welcome to what may or may not be the final edition of “The Cuttys,” or the Jay Cutler DON’T CARE awards. They honor, as one Facebook commenter put it:
“all the non-news that’s fit to delete.”
Or more literally: “terrible attempts at creating news, that I instantly deleted upon seeing it in my inbox.”
All media members receive dozens of press releases and story pitches from publicists, Sports Information Departments, Media Relations and PR people every week. This one was the most utterly asinine and completely worthless that I received this week.
And as always, in case you missed it, here’s how these awards got named.Follow paulmbanks
Jeff George had a distinguished college football career with the Illini; transferring to Champaign from Purdue, and that’s something you never see today, transfers within the same conference. It was also fortuitous, as Jeff George signed with 7 different teams during his 13 year career. Like Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler, he’s also from the Hoosier state. George was drafted #1 overall by his hometown Indianapolis Colts in 1990 out of Illinois. Cutler, from Santa Claus, IN, was taken 11th overall by the Denver Broncos.Follow paulmbanks
There’s this idea floating amongst the NFL Punditocracy that Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler could be this generation’s answer to Jeff George. It’s an interesting comparison, as Jeff George was signed by the Bears in 2004. There are some statistical similarities. Jay Cutler has a much better record as a starter, but the passing stats are close. Both Rich Gannon and Boomer Esiason of the NFL Today on CBS likened Jay Cutler to Jeff George in early 2013 Tom Jackson of ESPN jumped on the bandwagon shortly thereafter.
Add former Baltimore Ravens Head Coach Brian Billick to the mix now.Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Bears have been a mix of bad, interesting and downright painful to watch this season. Those feelings peak on Sunday, last through the following days and bleed into the next week’s matchup. There is no break from the pain and suffering; and no positive outlook.
That is exactly how I feel watching the Chicago Bears.
It is also how I feel dealing with my lower left incisor, or bottom left front tooth. The pain I feel while waiting one week for a root canal is similar to the pain the Chicago Bears are inflicting upon fans like myself.Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Bears drafted rookie defensive tackles Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton to help add youth to an aging defensive line. Ferguson is more of a running game clogger and Sutton a pass rush specialist. Against the New York Jets this past Monday, Sutton earned extended snaps with the injury to Jeremiah Ratliff and showed a lot of promise. In limited snaps, Ferguson showed his ability to use size and above average hand work to get to the quarterback.
The images below come from NFL Game Rewind’s ‘All-22,’ which offers fans the ability to see what the coaches see for a nominal fee. Sutton is number 93 and Ferguson is number 95. [Read more...]Follow paulmbanks
What follows is Chet Coppock’s blog on “The Entrapment of Gale Sayers.” Chet’s new book, “Laying it on the Line” can be purchased here.
He was and is a football treasure. He will tell you in a matter of fact matter that he required just 18 inches to leave a rival defensive back grasping at air, nothing but air. The Kansas Comet is nearing a milestone. 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of Gale Sayers’ debut with George Halas and the Chicago Bears.
Sayers first season with Bears wasn’t just majestic it was Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. Playing the NFL’s old 14 game schedule, Gale ran and returned his way to a then-NFL record 22 touchdowns.Follow paulmbanks
Howie Long on the Hall of Fame candidacy of Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver and kick returner Devin Hester, who set a new NFL record for return touchdowns last week:
“It’s hard. Special teams players wait a long time. It’s almost like in baseball where relievers struggle to get into the Hall of Fame. It’s hard and you saw Ray Guy waited 23 years. Everybody slights special teams, but one of the first things Jimmy always talks about is special teams.”Follow paulmbanks
If you live in Chicago, chances are you might remember where you were when you first heard that the Bears had traded Kyle Orton and other considerations to the Denver Broncos for Jay Cutler in 2009. Today, Cutler is locked in to a long term deal with the Bears that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL. That’s right, Cutty does it to the tune of $22.5 million in just the 2014 season alone.
However, as we learned today, it almost didn’t happen. In an interesting revelation, it’s actually Washington, not Chicago who were supposed to pry Jay Cutler away from Denver.Follow paulmbanks