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Manning et al.: Greed or stupidity?

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 15:57
If, as rumored, quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, who are two of the 10 plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, are intent on holding up the settlement of that issue to gain exemption for themselves from the franchise tag, they’re making a monumental mistake. For two of the most well-compensated members of the league to jeopardize or even delay the long-awaited labor agreement would be egregious and unfathomably self-serving. Ditto two of the other plaintiffs, Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson and Patriots guard Logan Mankins, who reportedly wish to be granted free agency or receive $10 million each.

Little guys already feeling pain of lockout

Posted by Bob LeGere on Wed, 05/11/2011 - 21:03
As expected, the only losers in the NFL’s “greedfest” are the fans and the little guys. According to the Miami Herald, the bad news has already started for the day-to-day Miami Dolphins employees, in the way of substantial pay cuts. Team executives blamed the lockout for the need to cut the salaries of those making $75,000 by 20 percent, those making between $50,000 and $74,999 by 15 percent, and those making less than $50,000 by 10 percent. Apparently, the employees’ salaries will return to normal levels when the lockout ends, but there’s a big question on whether the Dolphins will return lost wages to the employees.

Tough luck Ravens

Posted by Bob LeGere on Fri, 04/29/2011 - 14:26
The Bears should absolutely not voluntarily give the Ravens their fourth-round pick on Sunday because of the miscommunication that screwed up their attempt to trade up from No. 29 to Baltimore’s spot at No. 26 to get OT Gabe Carimi. The Bears got Carimi anyway at 29. As a result of the Bears’ “glitch,” the Ravens failed to make their pick in time, and they were leapfrogged by the Chiefs, dropping to No. 27. But they still got the guy they wanted in CB Jimmy Smith from Colorado.

They're back

Posted by Bob LeGere on Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:25
Bears kicker and player representative Robbie Gould was joined by several teammates at Halas Hall Friday morning, even though the team’s off-season program doesn’t officially begin until Monday, May 9. Players were allowed to use the facilities to lift weights and run, although those activities were, for now, unsupervised, and they were able to seek medical attention from the training staff and to confer with coaches. “It’s kind of business as usual,” Gould said. “It feels good to be back working out, and it’s great to be around your teammates. It’s just great to have the opportunity to get back to football.” In addition to Gould, defensive linemen Israel Idonije and Matt Toeaina were at Halas Hall as were fullback Eddie Williams and tight end Greg Olsen.

Off-season program, minicamps scheduled

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 21:06
The Bears plan to start their off-season program a week from Monday (May 9) and conduct their rookie minicamp May 6-8 and their full-squad minicamp June 3-5 at Halas Hall, according to the team's website. Those dates were set Thursday after the NFL had notified its clubs that they could resume operations at 7 a.m. Friday. At that time, players will be permitted to work out, receive medical treatment, meet with coaches, watch tape and pick up playbooks. The Bears' off-season program originally was supposed to begin on Monday, April 11.

Players at Halas Hall but can't work out

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 12:16
Less than 24 hours after a federal judge lifted the NFL's 45-day-old lockout of players, several Bears showed up at Halas Hall Tuesday morning and were allowed inside but were not permitted the use of facilities. Kicker Robbie Gould, the Bears' player representative, defensive end Israel Idonije and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina were among those who arrived at the Lake Forest facility around 9 a.m. They were met in the lobby by team president and CEO Ted Phillips and senior director of football administration and general counsel Cliff Stein, who informed them that they were welcome at the facility but could not work out, either in the weight room or on the practice field. It was the same scenario at NFL training facilities across the country.

Draft could bring developmental QB

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon, 04/25/2011 - 23:45
The Bears tried to bring in a young quarterback to develop last year when they drafted Benet High School’s Dan LeFevour in the sixth round after his record-setting career at Central Michigan. But the Bears knew LeFevour wasn’t ready to play right away, and they tried to stash him on the practice squad, but the Bengals signed him to their active roster. Now, even with the durable Jay Cutler at the top of the depth chart and Caleb Hanie having gained respect as the backup, G.M. Jerry Angelo will be looking for another developmental quarterback in the late rounds on Saturday.

PFW mock has OT Solder to Bears

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 04/24/2011 - 22:21
I was asked to participate in a mock draft for Pro Football Weekly last week with beat writers for each team making the selections. I think the Bears would love to see it play out this way, but it would require some good fortune. 1. Carolina Panthers - QB Cam Newton, Auburn 2. Denver Broncos -- DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama 3. Buffalo Bills - OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M 4. Cincinnati Bengals - WR A.J. Green, Georgia 5. Arizona Cardinals -- CB Patrick Peterson, LSU 6. Cleveland Browns - WR Julio Jones, Alabama 7. San Francisco 49ers - QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri 8. Tennessee Titans -- QB Jake Locker, Washington 9. Dallas Cowboys - DT Nick Fairley, Auburn 10. Washington Redskins - DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina 11. Houston Texans - OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri

WR in Round 1 doesn't make sense

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 04/19/2011 - 10:52
Another day, another opportunity to mock someone else’s mock draft. Today it’s Pat Kirwan of NFL.com. Actually, Koran’s two-round mock draft is great reading because he factors in some intriguing trades by teams that are desperate for a quarterback but don’t want to gamble a super-high pick on one. After some projected late-first-round wheeling and dealing, Kirwan has five quarterbacks coming off the board in the first round, with Jake Locker, Ryan Mallet and Christian Ponder joining Cam Newton and Blaine Gabber. I suppose that could happen because there really are several teams with horrible QB situations.

Baylor NT Taylor not a good fit

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 04/17/2011 - 22:54
ESPN’s Todd McShay has produced an interesting mock draft in which he consulted with one scout from an NFC team and one scout from an AFC team. There are several interesting picks and quite a few make a lot of sense – until it gets to the Bears’ pick at No. 29, where the selection is Baylor’s 334-pound nose tackle Phil Taylor. Not only did Taylor transfer to Baylor after being suspended at Penn State after he was charged in an on-campus fight, but he doesn’t fit the Bears’ scheme. Taylor is more of a two-gap nose tackle and fits best in a 3-4 defense. He is not the kind of athletic, rangy player that functions best in the Bears’ one-gap defense.