Bears Must Go Defense No Matter What

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by Wanda/Wiedman // @WandaW63

In the 2014 movie Draft Day, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. is under pressure as to whom to pick at the number one spot. Throughout the movie, Weaver carries a Post-it note with something written on it. As the drama of his life unfolds, the camera reveals these words, “Vontae Mack no matter what,” linebacker with a chip on his shoulder. Thirty-two teams with thirty-two GMs and head coaches put their jobs on the line for that number one draft pick. The question is who will it be?

For the Chicago Bears, they must go defense no matter what. With the eighth pick in the first-round, they have the option of moving up or trading down, especially if they go defense. The Bears hosted the sought after and elite edge rusher out of North Carolina, Bradley Chubb, just a few weeks ago. They were not disappointed. But what are they willing to trade to get him? Well, with limited picks I don’t see that happening. However, it is the NFL and anything can happen, but Chubb falling to the Bears at eight is a stretch. Continue reading “Bears Must Go Defense No Matter What”

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How I almost quit football

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By Marcela Vargas //

My father passed away on October 25th, 2016. That’s a date I will never forget. He was a Cowboys fan and we used to spend Sundays together, religiously watching as many football games as we could handle in a single day and with a single screen. When I discovered football and the NFL, seven years ago, he was a bit surprised but happy to tag along for that ride.

He had watched the game before when my older brother was a kid, and both the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins were huge in Mexico. Now, he would listen to every story I told about the Green Bay Packers. He would care about the statistics, the changing rules, the name of every wide receiver, cornerback and backup quarterback that I mentioned. He would look around and try to buy for me any piece of Packers merch he could find in Mexico City stores. Scarves, tumbler cups, action figures, plushies, gloves too large for my own hands.

Then he got sick, went to the hospital, and died. And I almost quit football.

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Our Turf Football 2018 NFL Mock Draft 16-32

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By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Earlier we had listed the first 15 draft picks with a trade. Let’s see what happens with the rest of the teams and who will get drafted from 16-32. So here is the final attempt in Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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OurTurf’s Mock NFL Draft Part 1

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By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Free agency is pretty much on the quiet front with some players still trickling on to teams, such as quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the Tennessee Titans, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Los Angeles Rams.  But now it’s all about the draft and filling the holes that will make or break a team. So here is my attempt at Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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Chicago Bears: Possible Gems in Future-Reserve Den

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 

Most teams, scout for players from all over to future contracts in hopes that a secret weapon will emerge from the pile. Last preseason, the Chicago Bears saw a taste of that in rookie wide receiver Tanner Gentry. The chemistry between quarterback Mitch Trubisky and Gentry lit a fire under most Bears fans as the next dynamic duo. But that was soon squelched as Gentry needed more training in blocking and separation skills.

He is maybe among the strong list of receivers the Bears have acquired this offseason that includes, Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Kevin White, Kendall Wright and hopefully Cameron Meredith. But what impact can the other nine players make on the team? There are a few on the Bears list that could make an immediate impact on the team if they make a splash during the preseason.

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NFC North / NFC South – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings – Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

Chicago Bears 

Signed: CB Kyle Fuller (matched offer sheet from GB), OL Bradley Sowell, WR Josh Bellamy, WR Cameron Meredith, CB Bryce Callahan, WR Allen Robinson, TE Trey Burton, K Cody Parkey, WR Taylor Gabriel, CB Prince Amukamara, LB Sam Acho, QB Chase Daniel, DE Aaron Lynch, P Pat O’Donnell, QB Tyler Bray, LB John Timu, CB Sherrick McManis, CB Marcus Cooper, LS Patrick Scales, RT Earl Watford, RB Benny Cunningham, DE John Jenkins, WR Bennie Fowler

Released: G Josh Sitton, LB Jerrell Freeman, LB Pernell McPhee, S Quintin Demps, LB Willie Young, QB Mike Glennon, WR Markus Wheaton, DB Marcus Cooper, WR Josh Bellamy, CB Bryce Callahan

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The Detroit Lions Pride Report: Free Agency

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By Sonja Greenfield// @Mom23RN

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days in the NFL.  Plenty of free agent signings have taken place, and the NFC North has gotten some big names.

The Packers got former Saints and Seahawks tight end, Jimmy Graham.  The Bears got former Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson and the Vikings were able to obtain quarterback Kirk Cousins.

The Lions, on the other hand, have been playing it sort of low key.  Outside of cutting TE Eric Ebron (more on that in my next article), the Lions have been quietly building their defense.

They added two linebackers yesterday in Christian Jones from the Bears and Devon Kennard from the Giants and today they acquired versatile cornerback DeShawn Shead from the Seahawks.

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Will Ryan Pace Go Rogue Again in the NFL Draft?

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

 

The list of possibilities are endless and the Chicago Bears need to make all their 2018 NFL Draft picks count. But will General Manager Ryan Pace go rogue like he did last year by trading up one spot for their franchise quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky?  I wouldn’t put it past him. He was very adamant about getting the best player off the board to fill their needs. The question is, what need will the Bears focus on? Will they go offense with a wide receiver or guard? Or defense with an outside linebacker or cornerback?

Now that the 2018 NFL Combine has painted a picture of what options are available, the Bears have a few choices to make in free agency and the draft.  Let’s take a look at free agency first.

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What Matt Forte’ meant to Chicago

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

 

The Chicago Bears has a history of elite running backs with four of them enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Red Grange, an immortal part of football history once score five touchdowns in a single game for the University of Illinois. He was pursued by George “Papa Bear” Halas, became a Bear who brought in the crowd. He finished his career with a defensive tackle to help Chicago win 23-21 over the Giants.

Then came Bronko Nagurski, a symbol of terrifying, bone-crushing power. He was like a charging bull against any defense but was just as terrifying on defense when he tackled.  But when it came to versatility on the field, Gale Sayers was like a twisting tornado in run plays, a kick and punt returner and receiver when needed. Walter Payton took that even further and added quarterback, punter, wide receiver and tackler.

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We got our Ansah in Detroit

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By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

After about a month or so of speculation, the Detroit Lions franchised their defensive end, Ezekiel Ansah.  Ansah, out of BYU, was the Lions’ first pick in the 2013 draft.  He’s shown that he can be an impact player on this defense.

In 2014 he was the Week 6 NFC Defensive Player of the Week.  He was voted All-Pro in 2015 and made the Pro Bowl in 2015.  He had 14.5 sacks and 39 tackles that season.

However, in 2016 and 2017 Ansah was hampered by injuries, leaving questions about if it was time to move on from Ansah.   In what was considered to be one of GM Bob Quinn and new head coach Matt Patricia‘s first major personnel decision, they showed that they still feel that Ansah has the ability to make big plays.  He is currently ranked 5th all-time in Lions history with 44 sacks.

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