Dan Quinn favorite for New York Jets coaching gig

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The New York Jets coaching carousel has made many stops, with not much momentum in between. Owner Woody Johnson reached out for help from former general managers, Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, which likely is the reason the new brain trust is taking their time while staying mum.

Jets fans may be impatient, but Johnson seems to finally understand that this is the logical way to fill the head- coaching void.

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The Chicago Ties to Super Bowl XLVII

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You know what would be really cool? For the Chicago tie to the Super Bowl to be that the Bears would be in it.

You know what’s not really cool? Reality.

The Bears are on the outside looking in. Instead of preparing for an epic battle in New Orleans, most players are probably busy handing out Super Bowl party invites.

And even though some of those players are living it up in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl festivities, at the end of the day, no one really gives a rat’s ass about the Pro Bowl.

That’s actually a proven scientific fact. Google it.

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What’s the 2nd biggest problem the Chicago Bears have?

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It’s no secret at this point. The most glaring need that the Chicago Bears need to address this offseason is their offensive line.

You can copy and paste the 2 sentences above into a description of the Bears heading into last offseason. And in 2010… And in 2009…

You get my point.

Unfortunately for Jay Cutler, he had to get dragged to the turf 148 times over the past 4 seasons for anybody with the appropriate power to notice.

I have full confidence in GM Phil Emery that he will shore up the offensive line in some fashion in the coming months. It may be through the draft, it may be through free agency. Hell, it may be through both seeing how many holes there are to plug up front.

But if there’s one thing Emery has shown to the fans since he’s been here, it’s that if there is a need, it will be addressed promptly and properly.

Wide receiver problems? Let’s steal Brandon Marshall from the Dolphins. Need an offensive minded head coach? Let’s bring in upwards of a dozen guys, mostly noted offensive geniuses, and have a replacement picked within 3 weeks of the season ending. Welcome to Chicago, Marc Trestman.

The man gets the job done, especially when it comes to fixing a top priority.

With news breaking early Wednesday morning that the Bears have chosen Trestman, expect other coaching voids to be filled in a domino effect. We’ve already seen former Cowboys Special Teams Coordinator named to the same position for the Bears, who recently lost Dave Toub to the Kansas City Chiefs. Early indications have Rod Marinelli remaining as the Defensive Coordinator, and Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer has been tabbed as the Offensive Coordinator.

When the dust settles, expect Emery to work very closely with Trestman and his staff to start constructing a plan to enhance the offensive line.

But hidden beneath the obvious needs, what other areas on the roster does the front office need to improve this offseason?

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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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Are the Chicago Bears better off losing this Sunday?

If the Bears fall to Detroit in Week 17, will it be better for the team in the long run?

If the Bears fall to Detroit in Week 17, will it be better for the team in the long run?

It’s that time of year again Bears fans. No, I’m not talking about making New Year’s preparations and looking forward to a nice long bye week heading into the playoffs. It’s time to look back on what was once a promising season, and hurriedly scramble together a scenario that has the Bears backing into the playoffs as the 2nd Wild Card team.

This year, the equation isn’t all that difficult: take care of business against Detroit at Ford Field, and then hope for a little help from “our friends” from Green Bay as they take on the Vikings.

But in the grand scheme of things, would it actually be better for the Bears to lose this Sunday and miss the playoffs all together?

I can hear all the diehards yelling at me through their computer screens. But hear me out.

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It’s Deja Vu All Over Again for the Chicago Bears

Injuries have played a role in the Bears recent struggles. But this version of the Bears yearly collapse has many other factors.

One way or another, the Bears always seem to find a way to fall short of their potential. Whether it be injuries, play calling, personnel, or Father Time, every aspect seems to make a yearly appearance at one point or another and derail the season.

This season has been no different. It is actually one of the most drastic “tale of two seasons” stories I’ve ever witnessed. Even though the Bears struggled mightily and finished the season 1-5 last year, the 1-4 stretch they are going through right now seems much worse.

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For Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow’s Future is at Fullback

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Tim Tebow can be an NFL Star, but the Denver Broncos need to realize that his best chance for stardom beyond his faith or luck is to convert him to another position before free agency begins.  Regardless of what side of fandom you fall on regarding one of the NFL’s most popular players, no one can question Tim Tebow’s heart, passion and desire to be a team player.

Is that enough to get the Broncos to the Super Bowl?  To build an entire offense and defense around one man with questionable ability to survive as an NFL quarterback?

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Which NFL Team Has the Smartest Fans? Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

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For many NFL fans, this week’s games are meaningless, as their favorite team has been eliminated from playoff contention. But for many of the people who support those done-after-this-week teams,  they’re still alive in a postseason of a different sort.

They’ve been going head-to-head with rival fans in a trivia showdown known as The Season. Enabled by Buzztime, The Season reflected the NFL 2011 schedule every week, pitting the opposing fan-bases of each competing team. And as you might guess, Buzztime’s The Season has a very different looking playoff picture.

So who’s undefeated and the king of trivia thus far?

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What’s Next for the Seattle Seahawks?

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The Seattle Seahawks were knocked off their high horse on Sunday losing to the Chicago Bears 35-24. Neither the 12th Man, “Beast Mode,” or Matt Hasselbeck swimming in the fountain of youth were on display in the Windy City. Instead of looking like the miracle workers from the week before, the Seahawks looked like the team that went 2-6 on the road during the regular season.

It seemed as though nothing could go right for Seattle. After a quick three and out by the offense, the defense gave up a 58 yard passing touchdown to TE Greg Olsen on the Bears’ third play from scrimmage. On the ensuing drive, in ironic fashion, coach Pete Carroll decided to punt on 4th and 1 inside Bears territory. This coming from a team that was playing with house money and with “nothing to lose.”

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Bears Jay Cutler Impresses in His First NFL Playoff Game

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Many, including myself, thought Jay Cutler would struggle on Sunday. Can you blame us? He was playing a team that sacked him six times back in Week 6. Sure, teams evolve as the season progresses, but pass protection has been an issue for the Bears all year long. Chicago gave up a total of 52 sacks on the year, most in the NFL. Plus, Cutler’s last playoff game was against Zionsville High School.

The pundits were silenced early on as Cutler completed his first post-season pass to TE Greg Olsen for a 58 yard touchdown. Seattle seemed to be unaware that Olsen was active on Sunday as he was left wide open for several big plays. Olsen finished the day with 113 yards and a touchdown.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Packers Keys To Victory Versus the Falcons


The Green Bay Packers continue their playoff road trip on Saturday at the Georgia Dome where they will take on the #1-seeded Atlanta Falcons in a NFC divisional match-up.

When these two teams met back in week 12, it didn’t go so well for the Green and Gold. Following a 40 yard kickoff-return from Eric Weems, Pro Bowl QB Matt Ryan moved his team down the field to set up for the game-winning 47 yard field goal with nine seconds left.

Here’s what the Packers need to do if they want to avenge the loss and more importantly advance to the NFC Championship for a chance to play in the biggest game of them all, the Super Bowl.

By: Nick Grays

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Previewing Packers and Eagles Wild-Card Match-Up


The Green Bay Packers will kick off the playoffs in the same way they started the regular season and that’s at Lincoln Financial Field against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sunday’s game should shape up to be a epic battle between two of the best teams in the last decade as the Packers (10-6) and Eagles (10-6) are the only two teams in the NFC to make the playoffs in three of the last four seasons.

The Packers can only hope the NFC Wild Card contest ends with a similar result to their 27-20 win against the Eagles in week one. That was the first time the Packers beat the Eagles in Philadelphia since 1962, breaking a streak of nine-straight losses.

Can the Packers win in Philly again?

By: Nick Grays

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