Jay Cutler Having Last Laugh on the Chicago Bears Thus Far


It’s early but Jay Cutler certainly looks at home with the Miami Dolphins, and the one coach during his career that truly seemed to maximize his potential. Yes, it was the lowly Chargers, and it’s only one game, but if you could at how things are going for him, versus how things are going for his former team, well, there’s quite a disparity.

Cutler went of 24/33 for 230 yards passing and a touchdown with no interceptions.

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Trevor Siemian “Swagging on Them Boys,” Says London Fletcher

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Saturday night, during a stoppage in play at Northwestern‘s Ryan Field, Trevor Siemian received a major show of support from the home crowd. During a break in the midst of the Wildcats’ 49-7 Bowling Green Massacre (#NeverForget) this past weekend, the stadium video board showed a montage of current #B1GCATS in the NFL.

For some, like Zach Strief with the New Orleans Saints, the image included a mention of their status as team captain. Siemian had this label too, but more importantly he also had QB1 in his display.

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Chayce Crouch Needs to Be More Illini Kyle Orton than Rex Grossman


History exists so that we may derive where we are going based upon where we have been. Saturday night brought the first green shoots of growth in the Illini football garden that head coach Lovie Smith has planted. The roots have taken hold, and a very commanding 20-7 win over Western Kentucky conveys the first real signs of true progress within the program.

Quarterback Chayce Crouch will be a major factor in determining the pace and the magnitude of that progress. Smith said at B1G Media Day that “Chayce is our quarterback,” and at least partially, it’s an allusion to his days as Chicago Bears head coach, during the period when you had a Kyle Orton versus Rex Grossman position battle.

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Bill Cowher Strongly Calls Out Colin Kaepernick; but Misses Some Points


Former Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher made a lot of great points as he called out Colin Kaepernick this morning on The NFL Today. However, he also greatly missed the mark on a few more. The NFL pundit is spot on when he asks Kaepernick why he’s remaining silent, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with querying about the contract specifics, and if those contract requirements stand in the way to Kap’s getting a new gig.

Also, points to Cowher for ending his soap box session with “prove me wrong.” In this era of people not taking accountability for what they say (or truth or facts for that matter), he goes out of his way to take ownership.

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PetPlan Puppies Picked NFL Winners at 70% Clip Last Year

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Another NFL season kicks off tonight and, just like in most recent seasons, the news cycle surrounding the league has been very dark and gloomy. If you need some more light hearted NFL news, then I suggest you take a look at the PetPlan pup-nosticators.

Yes, what’s better to deliver you from gloom and doom news, then puppies! Puppies that also actually do better at picking NFL winners than the so-called “experts.”

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David Diehl on War Chant Controversy, Illini Outlook This Year (Exclusive)

David Diehl lives and works in New York City these days, but the native to Chicago’s South Side (Brother Rice graduate) knows that the key to an Illini football resurgence lies in consistently recruiting Chicagoland. It was also a big part of the winning formula for Diehl’s 2001 team, the last Illinois squad to win the B1G title.

It was the same answer Dick Butkus gave, when we spoke to him in June, as it was also the blue print to Butkus’ Illini Rose Bowl team. Diehl played his entire 11 year NFL career with the New York Giants, where he was the starting left guard on two teams that beat the New England Patriots in two Super Bowls.

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Brian Kelly Has Apparently Had Enough DeShone Kizer Questions

The noted American poet laureate Anthony Kiedis once rhetorically asked “how come everybody want to keep it like the Kaiser?!” in the 1991 Red Hot Chili Peppers hit, “Give it Away.” Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly essentially implied how come everybody want to ask about the Kizer in his response on a media teleconference Sunday afternoon.

Former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, who left school early to declare for the NFL Draft last season, was a second round pick by the Cleveland Browns. It was recently announced that Kizer won the Browns QB1 job, so he’ll open up under center against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers a week from today.

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TSB Show 8: Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Dave Kerner, Smashing Pumpkins Jimmy Chamberlain

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TSB Show 8 is here, and it’s another star-studded line-up. CBS Sports hosted a national media conference call with CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and the Network’s lead college football announce team of Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson along with studio analyst Rick Neuheisel. On the call I asked a very well informed question about Illini football and Lovie Smith, and the reaction was….well, we covered that in detail at this post.

Dave Kerner from WBBM News Radio Chicago was up next, and we covered the reaction I got from the national guys on that conference call. We also talked Cubs, Bears and Northwestern. It’s just too bad he wasn’t at the Ryan Field new concessions food tasting with me.

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Hundreds Protest Colin Kaepernick Backballing; Best #ImWithKap Tweets


Is Colin Kaepernick being black-balled by the NFL do to his political stances?

Well, it’s very difficult to completely verify, but it almost certainly appears so, given how this summer has shaped out in the NFL free agent quarterback market. Colin Kaepernick has been passed over time and time again this preseason, in favor of quarterbacks who are extremely less talented and much less accomplished than him.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 8-24-17


Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet. If you have issue with the order, well so do many others. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were not taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft as it’s just too early. 2017 NFL Draft picks were mostly not taken into account for our projections.

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Stick to Sports? Not Anymore, not with the SERIOUS Concerns We Have


(Editor’s note: re-posting from November 18th, 2016, placing this back at the top, in light of the #ImWithKap protests outside of NFL headquarters right now)

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to acknowledge the passing of the phrase “stick to sports.”

It has now passed on into the great abyss.

Of course, to be honest with ourselves, we must first acknowledge

a.) that “stick to sports” only existed as a phrase conveniently leaving off the second, more important, self-defining portion of the expressed sentiment.

b.) that it was impossible for stick to sports to ever really exist in the first place.

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Son of Buffalo Bills Icon Don Beebe Making His Mark with NIU Huskies


Chad Beebe might be the most compelling player on the  2017 Northern Illinois football team, and for reasons that go well beyond his having a famous father. You know the name Don Beebe, as he the former NFL wide receiver played in six Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers.

Chad Beebe’s dad caught 219 passes for 3,416 yards, rushed for 28 yards, returned 81 kickoffs for 1,735 yards, and scored 25 touchdowns (23 receiving, one kickoff return, and one fumble recovery).

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