Introducing Wanda Wiedman: Official Chicago Bears Reporter // @WandaW63
I met the love of my life who happened to be from the
Windy City of Chicago! Though I am more of the jock than he is, we are
still a football family. We have been married for 25+ years. My son and daughter are grown adults, one of them in college. I admit I am a football junkie. I love hearing about it, watching
it and talking about it.
As a family, we hold our allegiances to the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Blackhawks. However, I have a special place for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
It was the encouragement of my children that brought me to write about the game I
love. I started blogging and that led me to write for NFL Female, now OurTurf Football.
I love to play Fantasy Football and won two of our leagues taking first
place! I host a Fantasy podcast, Third and Short with our Cleveland Browns Reporter, Kate. I’m a displaced fan, and I will be attending my first game at Soldier Field in 2017, and hoping to make it a yearly thing!
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by Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 Bears 17 – Vikings 20
In his first NFL debut, rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky entered the stadium with swagger. He had been waiting all his life for this moment and what better way to display his talents than on a Monday Night stage. But with a close game, the Chicago Bears fall to 1-4 in the NFC North division.
The Minnesota Vikings did not hesitate to put pressure on him from the get-go, but he found a way to get out of the pocket and move around trying to make a play. His footwork looked clean, his trajectory was almost on point with a few low throws that could not be caught. And let’s not forget his confidence in the pocket and his mobility outside the pocket. No nerves or fear there.
On the last Thursday Night Football Game in September, we saw a dominant game by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and all the crew.
Rodgers has said that he’s very proud of the team during an interview and he should be. The offensive production has increased which means that Rodgers is accurate and his receivers are confident on the field. In other words, the offense is ready, willing and able to make it happen. Of course Rodgers and company work very hard on during the off and regular season, week in and week out. Since they work so hard, they’re a well oiled machine. It’s hard to fail when you are a well oiled machine.
The pleas of the masses have been heard. On Monday, October 2nd, 2017, the second-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft will start his career under center for the Chicago Bears. Coach John Fox discussed it at length on the Bears Coaches Show on WBBM AM 780. “It was just a decision I thought needed to be made.” Really?
Doesn’t it seem odd that numerous analysts predict he would get the nod between Week 5 and Week 7? Heck, even former Bears wide receiver Victor Cruz and center Olin Kreutz said he would start Week 5.
From 2004-2012, Lovie Smith was the head coach of the Chicago Bears. His first three goals were to beat the Green Bay Packers, win the NFC North, and win a Super Bowl. He achieved two of the three goals.
During his first season with the Bears, he installed a new offense and defense but had bouts of injuries and a season-ending injury to quarterback Rex Grossman. His first season record was 5-11. However, since he was a defensive-minded coach, the defense improved from 22nd overall in 2003 to 13th in 2004. By 2005 the Bears started then back-up QB Kyle Orton with a dominant defense and ended with an 11-5 record, despite starting the season with a 1-3 record. Look familiar?
Enter the John Fox era. Fox accepted a four-year deal as head coach of the Bears in 2015. It was predicted that the Bears would have a 3-13 record, but in his first season they ended with a 6-10 record. So instead, the Bears used the predicted previous record for the 2016 season, finishing 3-13. A regression that many hung on the excuse of a team rebuilding.
It is now 2017, and the Bears have started the season at 1-3, losing in epic fashion to the Packers once again, in the prime light of Thursday Night Football. The coaching was geared to quarterback Mike Glennon’s strengths, which is the opposite of his scouting report. According to general manager Ryan Pace: “He has the height, arm strength, the ability to quickly process.” Yes, he has height, but it gives no advantage to his field of view when he sees only what plays are given to him for the short routes. Time and time again, film shows Glennon waiting for a particular player and not the open receiver.
This was one of those matchups that was a no-brainer when it came to winning; every single sports media outlet had Steelers pegged to win. Against an elite passer such as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, there was a doubt that the Chicago Bears secondary could stop him. But the Steelers didn’t quite understand the dual threat of Bears running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Together, they masterfully carved up the Steelers defense with precision and grit.
Howard rushed for 138 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns, the latter in a 19-yard sprint in overtime to seal the deal. Cohen, Howard’s partner in crime, rushed for 78 yards on 12 carries. Another rookie that emerged was tight end Adam Shaheen, who not only pulled in his first TD but ran alongside Howard in the overtime hustle, blocking to keep his lane free.Continue reading “Chicago Bears Win in OT, But the Call is Still Out for Trubisky”→
The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) will head to Soldier Field to make it a 3-0 start against the Chicago Bears (0-2), who look to overcome a horrendous outing last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though sports media networks and sports writers have given their opinion and assessment of this matchup, it seems only right to ask fans how they feel about their team in this game.
To share their opinion on these two teams is Bear Fan extraordinaire and Editor at Windy City Gridiron, Lester Wilfong Jr., and Raymond Vega, Los Angeles Sheriff and Steelers fan.
Since the game is being hosted in Chicago, let’s start with Lester.
Q: Lester, as an Editor for WindyCityGridiron.com you try to be objective. But through the eyes and heart of a fan, did you expect the Bears to start off the season 0-2? L: As much as I thought the Bears would be an improved team over a year ago, I still had them opening up with a loss to Atlanta and a loss to the Bucs. Atlanta is the defending NFC Champ, and Tampa Bay was a 9-7 team last year with some good, young talent. I didn’t expect them to look as lost last week, however. Unfortunately for us Bears’ fans, this team may be looking at another double-digits in the loss column.
“Tru-bis-y, Tru-bis-ky, Tru-bis-ky” could be heard throughout Raymond James stadium by Chicago Bears fans. After quarterback Mike Glennon displayed a substandard performance in a 29-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, it was more than any Bears fan could stomach. The chants shouted by fans to start the young rookie could be heard throughout social media, at times begging general manager to Ryan Pace to intervene.
But there is a reason for not playing the rookie, which I will share in a moment.
Granted, the Bears did not start off great, ushering yet another 0-2 start to the season, making it three years in a row. To add insult to injury…well, the stack of injuries that are once again plaguing this team.
This was supposed to be his year. Do or die he was going to prove once and for all he is not a bust. The Chicago Bears 2015 number one draft pick, Kevin White, has been riddled with a series of unfortunate injury events that has swallowed up any NFL career dream he may have had.
With a fractured scapula, he is gone for the season and placed on IR. What a travesty.
White redshirted in 2010 at Lackawanna College, hoping it would set the stage for a spectacular season. But due to a missed financial aid deadline, he was ineligible. This forced him to sit out the second season. (Event #1) But, he waited patiently and became a sensational senior at West Virginia.