Former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher Announces Retirement

Retires

Shortly after 10 AM this morning, former Chicago Bears legend and middle linebacker announced his retirement on his Twitter account.

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What is the Chicago Bears Biggest Need?

Needs

It seems like such a simple question, but no one can provide a definitive answer.

In free agency, the Bears did quite a bit in terms of addressing some of their most glaring needs. The offensive tackle, tight end, and linebacker positions were all upgraded.

But with the NFL Draft less than a week away, predictions are still all over the board for who the Bears may take with the 20th selection.

In my opinion, this is a two-horse race: offensive lineman, or linebacker. Apparently, most draft experts don’t agree with me.

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The Chicago Ties to Super Bowl XLVII

Harbaugh and Ditka

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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Statistically Breaking Down the Chicago Bears Defense

Tim-Jennings

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the Bear’s defense is the key to their success.

 

I’m not a guy who relates every sports argument back to stats. We all know that guy, though. He can usually be found saying ignorant things such as:

“Well, the stats say X so you guys don’t have a chance tonight.”

It’s so gratifying to me when their statistically based predictions go wrong. That’s why the game isn’t played on paper.

But I’m aware stats do have a place in sports, that’s why we keep them. 3 games worth of information isn’t really enough to make long term projections, but I want to take the stats that we have so far and give some context to this up and down season we’re witnessing.

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Watch the Lingerie Football Playoffs this Weekend Instead of the Pro Bowl!

For years, the NFL has had a bye week between the Conference Championship and the Super Bowl. That is a lot of time to wait for another meaningful football game. A few years ago, the NFL decided to move up the Pro Bowl to the bye week to satiate the football-lovers appetite. But does the Pro Bowl really satiate?

No.

But fear not my football adoring friends. There is a solution.

Read about it after the jump

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It’s Time for Curtis Painter, Indianapolis Colts- Boiler Up Purdue Fans

Curtis Painter has been the subject of much opinion during his tenure as the backup quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts — most of those opinions negative.

He’s not a NFL-caliber QB. Anyone would be better than that no-talent waste of a draft pick.

Are these opinions really the case? Is this thinking based on his play in meaningful games (his total is one, last Sunday’s 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh)?

True, the former Purdue field general has looked mostly poor in his outings, but last week’s game-tying drive (never mind Kerry Collins‘ possible concussion … or Peyton Manning’s long-term health uncertainty, for that matter) should be enough to say that it’s time to find out once and for all how Painter stacks up as a NFL QB.

It’s time for the Colts to start Painter.

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Lions get 2 Pro Bowl Starters! Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh

The Detroit Lions do have two Pro Bowl starters on their roster this season. This is no surprise for their fan base since they have thoroughly dominated their positions this season. Calvin Johnson has accumulated over eleven hundred yards this season averaging more than fourteen yards per catch.

He is the first wide receiver in thirteen years to receive the honor for Detroit. His twelve touchdowns are not only important for those who have him in their fantasy leagues, but also for the organization. The turf toe injury to Jahvid Best has made the team less dynamic from the running back position. One has to wonder just how effective Johnson could be if he had Matthew Stafford as his quarterback for an entire season. It’s not to say that Drew Stanton and Shaun Hill haven’t filled in admirably, but neither has the raw talent that Stafford possesses.

By Patrick Herbert

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Tuesday Night was a fine Night for Football, Vikings

It has been over sixty years since the NFL has had a Tuesday night football game. If you asked Minnesota Vikings  head coach Leslie Frazier, I am sure that he would agree to another one next week. That way his team could have a full week to prepare for the Detroit Lions. Instead, they will have only until Sunday before they engage in their last regular season contest at Ford Field on the second of January. Adrian Peterson was able to not only take the field, but perform extremely effectively in his twenty two carries. His 118 yards attained dwarfed the 44 gained by his counterpart LeSean McCoy. Although, the latter did only have thirteen carries.

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