Meet the Candidates for the Chicago Bears Head Coach Position

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Breaking up is hard to do. After a 10-6 season that will leave the Chicago Bears watching the NFL Playoffs from their couches, the team cut their ties with head coach Lovie Smith after 9 seasons.

Many players have already voiced their displeasure with GM Phil Emery’s decision to fire Smith. Devin Hester is even threatening retirement now that Lovie will no longer be calling the shots.

But as Emery stated in his press conference this past Tuesday, a lack of offensive consistency and playoff appearances are what did Lovie in. The Bears only managed 3 postseason berths, a 3-3 postseason record, and ranked in the top half of the NFL in yards per game just once (15th in 2006) in the past 9 seasons.

That track record would’ve done anyone in, not just Lovie. Despite being a defensive genius and a true “leader of men”, Emery knows that it’s in the best interest of the team to find a coach who will bring the offensive production to the same level that the defense has been producing at for decades.

Finally, someone understands.

The Bears will now be testing the free agent coaching waters for the first time since 2004. There are 7 names that have already emerged as candidates for the job, most of them being offensive coordinators.

While it’s nice to imagine all of the big name coaches on the market in blue and orange, I’m going to stick to the 7 men who have been granted permission to interview for the job.

My apologies to anyone hoping to hear Nick Saban or Andy Reid.

Emery has a lot of deciphering to do in the coming weeks, but he hopes to have picked his replacement before the East-West Shrine Game (college football’s “all star game”) on January 19th.

Without further ado, let’s meet the contestants.

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List of most discussed topics on Facebook: NY Giants, NE Patriots

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This morning, Facebook released its 2012 Year in Review – a look back at the most discussed trends and stories of 2012.  Below please find key highlights including most discussed sports topics (NY Giants), the top events (Superbowl XLVI came in at #2 behind the US Presidential Election), most discussed public figures (Tim Tebow made the top five as well as Eli and Peyton Manning (who tied!) and most checked-in locations on Facebook (eight out of the top ten spots are sports venues) and more.

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Eli Manning and the Giants make the Packers look like they have “dead-arm”

After not throwing a touchdown in three straight games, the New York Giants Eli Manning threw three of them in a 38-10 rout of the Green Bay Packers.

The nasty injury-bug finally caught up to the Packers (7-4) who looked lost on the offensive line and couldn’t stop any facet of the Giants’ (7-4) offensive attack.

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Picking Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants tonight

This year the NFL started it’s season a day earlier, moving the traditional weekday night game featuring the current Super Bowl Champion up one day from Thursday to Wednesday. That means NFL fans get their fix even sooner as the Dallas Cowboys take on the reigning champ New York Giants in a key NFC East division battle.

Tony Romo and company look poised to have a big season, but only if the offensive line can keep him upright. No small feat versus the Giants’ army of pass-rushers. For more game time news click here.

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2012 NFL Season Preview: NFC East

With the NFL regular season rapidly approaching, let’s take a look at the intriguing NFC East.  Featuring the reigning Super Bowl champions (Giants), the former “Dream Team” turned “dynasty in the making” (Eagles), the league’s most exciting rookie (Robert Griffin III), and America’s team (you know who that is), this division might just prove to be the wildest in the NFL.

 

Giants: Remember the 2008 team that started 11-1 after winning Super Bowl XLI?  This squad could be similar, with a confident defending champion facing a mild early schedule.  They addressed two big depth needs at RB and WR with their first two draft picks (David Wilson and Reuben Randle), while third-rounder CB Jayron Hosley has made some noise in the preseason.  Just ask Mark Sanchez.

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2012 Fantasy Football Preview: QB

As the NFL season gets closer every day, so does your fantasy draft. The Sports Bank fantasy football previews conclude with the quarterback position.

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NY Giants Eli Manning on Tim Tebow, SNL, Peyton (CNN Video)

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New York Giants‘ quarterback and 2012 Super Bowl champion Eli Manning visited CNN’s Starting Point to talk Peyton, Super Bowl ring, Saturday Night Live performance, off-field pranks, taking a month off and his work with nonprofit Build Our Kids Success before-school program.

Manning says, “You know, it’s one of those deals in New York.  You win a Super Bowl, but I’m the third most talked about quarterback right now between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow and I.  That’s the way I like it.”

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The only story with the Indianapolis Colts is Peyton Manning

Just so you know, the Colts have made a few major changes this offseason.

Bill and Chris Polian are gone. In their place is new general manager Ryan Grigson, formerly a member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office.

Oh, and former coach Jim Caldwell also is out of town. The new guy? Chuck Pagano, who spent the 2011 season as the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator. Word is he plans to do away with the Colts’ familiar Tampa 2 defense and install a hybrid 3-4 scheme.

The Colts have some new coordinators too, you know. Bruce Arians, who was the team’s quarterbacks coach from 1998-2000 and previously served as offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is back in Indy to conduct the offense (Clyde Christensen isn’t gone, though. He’s quarterbacks coach now). Greg Manusky, who in 2011 was the San Diego Chargers’ defensive coordinator, now has that position here.

Any other offseason, these would be HUGE stories that would command their own blog posts. But this offseason? We hardly have heard a peep from or about any of these guys. There’s only one story surrounding the Indianapolis Colts right now: the very public dilemma between Peyton Manning and owner Jim Irsay that eventually will lead to the four-time MVP’s exit from town.

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Super Bowl 46 drinking game

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One of my favorite articles to write every year is the annual NCAA Tournament Championship Drinking Game. Here are the three we have done in case you missed them; 2009 Michigan State vs. North Carolina version, 2010’s Butler vs. Duke game, and this past season’s Butler vs. UConn Drinking Game.  I even did a NBA Draft drinking game last summer.

I figured since I have zero rooting interest in Super Bowl 46 between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, that I would create a drinking game to keep myself, and those who could care less about the outcome of the game, thoroughly entertained.

Our lawyer insists we add the following: The Sports Bank is not responsible for anyone dumb enough to actually try this and the harm to his/her body that would certainly occur if this game was played.  If you are idiotic enough to attempt keeping pace with this game, please have your local emergency room on stand-by and do not drink and drive.  Thank you.

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NY Giants Eli Manning Fooled by Magician David Blaine (Video)

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is fooled by famous magician David Blaine in this video (watch it after the jump) clip from the upcoming David Blaine: What is Magic? premiering on TLC January 26 at 10/9c. NFL fans in New York hope he isn’t as fooled by the defense of the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon.

It should be quite a shootout when Manning takes on Aaron Rodgers and the Pack in Green Bay. But in the meantime, enjoy this video snippet.

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Early Headlines for the Packers and Giants Divisional Playoff Match-Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After an entertaining Wild-Card Weekend, it’s safe to say that the best four NFC teams remain on the road to Indianapolis, the site of Super Bowl XLVI. On one side of the bracket we have the high-powered New Orleans Saints heading to San Francisco to take on the defensive-oriented 49ers and on the other, a high-powered Green Bay Packers team hosting a balanced New York Giants squad.

While both games are intriguing, the bout between the Packers and Giants is the most appealing to us in the Midwest. Let’s take a look at some of the headlines in a rematch of the 2007 NFC Championship Game.

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Best Playoff Match-ups for Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are in the NFL playoffs for the first time this millennium.

This is a remarkable accomplishment considering the team was winless just three seasons ago. The absence of Matt Millen in the front office certainly has expedited the process of turning the culture of the organization around. While it’s certain that the club will play in the wild card round, the opponent isn’t for certain yet.

The teams that are in the mix are the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, and the Dallas Cowboys.

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