on before they decide whether or not to select Khalil Mack as the 2018 league MVP was not a Khalil Mack sack.The sack was a Leonard Floyd sack Womens Dick Butkus Jersey , and it came on 2nd and goal against the Packers on Sunday, with 24 seconds remaining and Aaron Rodgers shooting for the desperate touchdown-onside kick-field goal sequence to tie the game and stop the Bears from clinching the North.Mack rushed full bore on the right side of the Packers line, getting outside and upfield of both Green Bay linemen tasked with blocking him. As he neared Rodgers, who was looking left, he ducked under right tackle Jason Spriggs and kept the clock ticking on 12......and while all this was happening on the right side of the protection, Leonard Floyd was on the left side hanging back, looking for the pass, staying in front of left tackle David Bakhtiari and shooting his 33 1/8-inch arms into Rodgers’ field-of-vision.Finally, with Mack about to clear Spriggs and Eddie Goldman up the gut as well, Rodgers spun to his left. That move freed Floyd, who took one large step past Bakhtiari and reached his right arm out, catching Rodgers likely by surprise. Floyd closed on Rodgers with his left hand, wound his own body like a top and uncorked a spinning, heaving sack, tossing Rodgers to the grass one split-second before Mack arrived.Floyd’s momentum then carried him further upfield, and he let loose a cheer and did the Rodgers insurance belt celebration. Mack celebrated too, with a confident fist pump. It was Floyd’s play but it said everything you need to know about Mack’s impact on the Bears this year. It was the rush and the cheer, the pre-sack impact and the post-sack celebration, what he does for teammates on individual plays and what he has done for them broadly all season long.It was, in all its punctuated glory, the reason why Khalil Mack should be the 2018 NFL MVP.The debate around the 2018 NFL MVP award — specifically, the Associated Press NFL MVP — is hinging on the usual suspects, or more broadly the usual position: quarterback. Patrick Mahomes is the frontrunner. Drew Brees is right behind him. Tom Brady, Jared Goff and Philip Rivers are all getting looks, with Rivers’ stock on the rise.There are also folks in favor of Todd Gurley. I suppose Alvin Kamara will garner some attention. Kareem Hunt would be in the mix if he were still in the league. But those are also the usual suspects, because they are running backs.Quarterbacks and running backs. In a sport of 53 players with 22 men on the field, a sport where, as Olin Kreutz says, “Eleven guys have to dance together,” a sport allegedly comprising three equal “phases” — well, in that sport, either a quarterback or running back has been named league MVP every year going back to 1987. That’s 31 straight MVPs given to two positions.Prior to ‘86, with the exception of the 9-game season in 1982, we saw QBs and RBs win 13 straight MVPs. That’s all quarterbacks and running backs winning MVP in anything approaching a full season from 1972 to 2017.The one outlier was a havoc-wreaking edge-rushing linebacker who led the league in 1986 with 20.5 sacks. You might have heard of him.“Wait a minute, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor now,” Bill Belichick said earlier this year when asked to compare Mack, his upcoming opponent, to Taylor William Perry Jersey , his former defensive star. “I’m not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor’s class. Put everybody down below that. With a lot of respect to a lot of good players, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor.”That was fair. Taylor was the first person to win Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons, the first to win it twice, the first to win it three times, was the best player on two Super Bowl champions and was a first ballot Hall of Famer. Whether discussing Taylor’s peak or his career vs. Mack at this point, putting Mack and all others a notch below arguably the greatest defensive player in the game’s history is a reasonable assessment.But many defenders since Taylor have transcended defense and flourished as unstoppable (or nearly unstoppable) destructive forces around which a champion was built, from Deion Sanders to Reggie White to Ray Lewis, along with players like Brian Urlacher, Ed Reed and of course J.J. Watt who had some combination of dominance and team greatness as to at some point warrant MVP consideration.Aaron Donald is someone who should be in that discussion, but for my money, I’m taking Mack. We know the defensive credentials. He is tied for the league-lead with six forced fumbles and is sixth in sacks with 12.5 despite missing two games to injury. Of the three players with six forced fumbles, he is the only one who also has either an interception, defensive touchdown or recovered fumble, and he has all three.In short, you can’t stop Mack without holding him, as this photo gallery from Lester reveals:Yet that is all about the personal achievement. For MVP conversation, a player must help the rest of the team, both in production and intangibles. Mack has done that, helping launch a boom in production from the rest of the Bears defenders. Akiem Hicks, Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson are going to the Pro Bowl, and all three of Mack’s fellow linebackers are Pro Bowl alternates.They’ve played great, obviously, but Mack enhances them. He is the best player on a defense with the following NFL rankings:Takeaways: 1stDefensive TDs: 1stInterceptions: 1stPasses defensed: 1st1st downs allowed: 1stRushing TDs allowed: 1stRushing yards allowed: 2ndPoints allowed: 3rdYards allowed: 3rdSacks: 4thPassing yards allowed: 10thPhoto by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesThe Bears were a top-10 defense last year, which sounds great until you remember that there are 32 teams in the NFL, placing us just in the top 3rd. The 2017 Bears were never called “the best defense in the NFL,” and I don’t believe we would have reached that perch this year without Mack. Vegas agrees with me. The Bears shot from 100-1 odds to win Super Bowl LIII prior to the Mack trade on Sept. 1, all the way to 40-1 after it.We are now tied for 6th at 14-1.That steep incline is not solely attributable to Mack, of course — this is after all a team game. But he’s played the biggest role in that rise of any individual player, and I believe the difference he has made on the Bears is greater than the difference Mahomes, Brees, Rivers, Gurley, Donald or anyone else has made on their respective teams.This is not just about a guy lifting a team from bad to middle. This is about lifting them from middle to great. The Bears are a legitimate Super Bowl contender, right now, in 2018, a status we would not have reached this year without #52’s arrival.Which brings us to another part of the MVP argument: pressure.Pat Mahomes is playing lights-out football, but the pressure on him to do so at the start of the season was miniscule compared to what Mack faced. The 2016 Defensive Player of the Year was rumored to be traded to one team, and instead was traded to their rivals one week before the two teams played. He had to step on that field in Week 1 without the conditioning advantage of training camp or preseason and perform at a level befitting the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.In just one half http://www.thebearslockerroom.com/authentic-mike-ditka-jersey , Mack delivered a sack, pick-six and forced fumble. This was a stat line that no other Bear had done in a game since 1950, and that only seven Bears had ever done in one entire SEASON.Maximum pressure. Maximum expectations. And a performance that wiped away the former and exceeded the latter.Defensive Player of the Year honors production. MVP assumes production and honors intangibles. MVP is not only about what you bring to a scheme but what you bring to a TEAM. It’s not only about what you do but about what your teammates do because of you. It’s not only about how you affect your side of the ball but how you affect your teammates on the other side of the ball. It’s not only about how you make your teammates and coaches feel but about how you make your fanbase feel.It’s the total package. Mack fulfills it.Some seasons are surprising at the time yet still surprising in retrospect — 2001, for instance. This season is surprising only from the vantage point of August 30, 2018. Looking at it now, it all makes sense. Everything fits. There is nothing flukey about the 2018 Bears. We are a Super Bowl contender. Not next year. Now. It’s no surprise. It’s what MVPs do.---Jack M Silverstein is Windy City Gridiron’s Bears historian, and author of “How The GOAT Was Built: 6 Life Lessons From the 1996 Chicago Bulls.” He is the proprietor of Chicago sports history Instagram “A Shot on Ehlo.” Say hey at @readjack. Finally, we can unscientifically answer a timeless question: Who is the fastest player in the NFL?" NewsNotesFrom The Desk Of...Bears’ Tarik Cohen and John Franklin III to find out if you’re not first, you’re lastNew,12commentsFinally, we can unscientifically answer a timeless question: Who is the fastest player in the NFL?CDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Bears’ Tarik Cohen and John Franklin III to find out if you’re not first, you’re lastTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailThis looks like a man that only needs 18 inches of daylight. Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty ImagesTalladega Nights’ eponymous character Ricky Bobby was many things: A simpleton, a boorish oaf, a son seeking long-lost paternal affection, and a human treasure trove of one-liners. But what defined him the most was a passion to go fast. “America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed,” quips Will Ferrell’s Bobby, without a hint of irony, at one point in the 2006 comedy. The main tagline of the film “If you ain’t first, you’re last,” rings true.Bobby’s main life mission similarly defines some of pro football’s best active speed demons, as they can finally prove, once and for all, who the fastest player in the NFL is. Never mind the obvious parallels of unnecessary machismo bragging rights—this question deserves an answer everyone has been kind of (?) waiting for. A question where a pair of Bears get the chance to provide their own valuable input as their legs and natural gifts should allow them.On Saturday June 29, the Bears’ Tarik Cohen and John Franklin III will be present among a gaggle of other football blazers in the inaugural 40 Yards of Gold all-star speed competition. There, Cohen, Franklin III, and counterparts such as the Saints’ Alvin Kamara, Titans’ Kevin Byard, and Cardinals’ Budda Baker will race head-to-head to ultimatelydetermine football’s “King of Speed”. To conclude the night, the eventual Champion of the Offensive Division will face off against the Champion of the Defensive Vision and offer an anticlimactic ending to the proceedings. Franklin III, he of a 4.32 40-yard dash run in 2018, is the betting favorite to win at +550 (11/2 odds) according to BookMaker. Cohen, the Bears’ main offensive game-breaker, settles in at +1200 (12/1 odds). The full list of participants is as follows:OFFENSE: Ted Ginn Jr., Jeff Badet, Corey Coleman Womens Richard Dent Jersey , Tarik Cohen, Robby Anderson, Richie James, Damiere Byrd, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Kevin Snead, Christian Blake, Jacoby Ford, Mystery ParticipantDEFENSE: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Trae Waynes, John Franklin III, Kevin Byard, Quinton Dunbar, Rashard Robinson, Terrell Sinkfield, Jerome Baker, Jalen Myrick, Budda Baker, Donte Jackson, Charles James II, Mystery ParticipantThe aim of this contest is to provide a somewhat objective authority for the fastest player in the NFL and set a bar of (supposed) friendly competition for football’s continually growing freakish athletes. There have been previous humorous occasions testing speed merits of NFL players such as former Bengals receiver Chad Johnson racing a horse in 2007, and Bears returner great Devin Hester besting a cheetah in 2013 in a National Geographic documentary. But never ever has there been a trial between two football human racers: A compelling and tense one-track sprint everyone clearly needed. Knowing a player like Cohen, in the event he should win the competition, there won’t be much of any love lost on social media platforms. None of the other racers will hear the end of the boisterous Cohen letting them have it. He’ll be first, and everyone that isn’t first will assuredly be last. Should the more quiet Franklin III win it, it’ll offer the former Last Chance U star a needed profile boost to a hopeful budding career. Beyond the wholesome fun involved, if this competition blows up into anything remotely profitable, audiences should look forward to the NFL barging in and somehow stretching it out into a two-week primetime event with a quarter of an individual race taking place each night. There is no such thing as over-saturation, no sir. Amazing Race, Survivor, American Ninja Warrior—watch out. Robert is the Editor-in-chief of The Blitz Network, the managing editor of Windy City Gridiron, and the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times. Follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.
by Pro Football Focus Earlier today http://www.thechargerslockerroom.com/authentic-derwin-james-jersey , Pro Football Focus’ Mike Renner dropped his latest NFL offensive line rankings of the league’s best units heading into the 2018 season. These rankings are updated from a previous post that ranked the units immediately following the end of last season.It’s not that I was expecting the Chargers’ unit to be a top-10 group or anything like that, but I definitely didn’t expect them to be in the bottom third of the entire league. The Bolts were actually a top team in terms of the least amount of sacks given up while Rivers owned the lowest percentage of being sacked when under pressure.However, it’s not the most surprising thing to see them lower than expected by the fans. We are already gassing up a line that will bring back Forrest Lamp and the addition of Mike Pouncey to replace Spencer Pulley and Kenny Wiggins. Both Pulley and Wiggins rated at the very bottom of their respective positions in pressures allowed. You obviously have nowhere but up to go from there.If you don’t feel like checking out the entire article Womens Antonio Gates Jersey , here’s what Mr. Renner had to say about the Bolts:Overall Grades From Last Season for Projected StartersLeft Tackle: Russell Okung, 77.4 overall gradeLeft Guard: Dan Feeney, 48.5Center: Mike Pouncey Denzel Perryman Jersey , 46.5Right Guard: Forrest Lamp, 91.7* (2016 college grade)Right Tackle: Joe Barksdale, 50.7“There is a lot of projection here with Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp in Year 2 as well as Mike Pouncey http://www.thechargerslockerroom.com/authentic-craig-mager-jersey , but it’s impossible to think things could get worse. Kenny Wiggins allowed the most pressures of any guard in the league last year (41) while Spencer Pulley allowed the most of any center (38). Simply getting those two out of the lineup has to be worth something.”Once training camp gets underway, I expect the line to gel fairly quickly. Bringing in a veteran at center will make that connection with Philip Rivers click faster and I’d expect Lamp to get up to speed fast than your average first-year starter. My hopes are about as high as anyone’s with this unit and I think everyone else shouldn’t worry about getting their hopes up, either.Now excuse me Womens Uchenna Nwosu Jersey , I’m going splinter my office desk with how hard I’m about to knock on it. This is like a dream." Chargers DraftLos Angeles Chargers select S Nasir AdderleyNew,31commentsThis is like a dream.PDTWith the 60th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Tom Telesco and the Los Angeles Chargers have selected safety out of Delaware Russell Okung Jersey , Nasir Adderley. The Chargers needed a safety to pair with last year’s top pick Derwin James and Adderley is just a fantastic selection. He has the talent that it would have been reasonable to take him yesterday.The Chargers have effectively addedtwo first round talents without having to move up. Tom Telesco is having himself a beauty of a draft through two rounds. Gus Bradley has to be a very happy man right now. The jump in quality from Jahleel Addae to Nasir Adderley is difficult to even comprehend. Addae could not play the position and Adderley is an above average player from day 1.Let us know in the comments what you think about this pick. Do you love it or are you wrong? Tell us now.
Nick Foles Jersey , really, who cares? The most important Super Bowl of all time actually took place last year, when the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots by a final score of 41 to 33.But if you’re still interested in this year’s “big game” for some inexplicable reason, here’s a look at some Eagles connections to the teams playing this year.LOS ANGELES RAMSJOHN JOHNSON III - SAFETYLet’s lead things off with a man I’d like to consider an honorary Eagle. In case you missed it, Johnson said he trolled the Saints in the NFC Championship Game because he didn’t like how New Orleans taunted some of his friends on the Eagles’ roster. Respect.BLAKE COUNTESS - SAFETYThe Eagles selected Countess with a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Countess got waived by Philadelphia during final cuts but he signed to the Rams’ practice squad and was eventually promoted to LA’s active roster. In three seasons with the Rams http://www.eagleslockerroom.com/authentic-deandre-carter-jersey , Countess has made four starts over 37 games played. He’s logged 44 tackles, two interceptions, and one sack. He also returned 17 kickoffs for the Rams in 2018. ZAC TAYLOR - QUARTERBACKS COACHZac is the older brother of Eagles quarterbacks coach Press Taylor. Zac has reportedly been hired as the Bengals’ new head coach. There’s some speculation that Zac might try to hire Press away from Philly.AARON NEARY - CENTER (PRACTICE SQUAD)The Eagles signed Neary to their practice squad in September 2016. He remained with the team up until Philly waived him in final cuts prior to the 2017 season. The Rams claimed Neary on waivers from the Eagles. He currently resides on the Los Angeles practice squad. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSPATRICK CHUNG - SAFETYThe Eagles signed Chung as a free agent back in 2013. He had a pretty awful one-season stint in Philly before ending up back with the Pats. He’s only missed two games since returning to New England. SONY MICHEL - RUNNING BACKThere was some buzz that the Eagles were interested in selecting Michel at No. 32 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Eagles never had the chance, however, as the Patriots took him at No. 31. But that’s not why I’m listing Michel here. He counts as an Eagles connection because his brother Womens Nigel Bradham Jersey , wide receiver Marken Michel, recently signed a reserve/future contract with Philly.JOMAL WILTZ - CORNERBACK (PRACTICE SQUAD)The Eagles signed Wiltz as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2017. Philadelphia waived him in final cuts and the Patriots have been keeping him around as a practice squad guy ever since. ERIC ROWE - CORNERBACK (INJURED RESERVE)The outrage over the Eagles trading Rowe to the Patriots feels like forever ago. Philadelphia’s 2015 second-round pick only played in four games this season before having to be placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. Rowe is set to be a free agent in March.You may also remember Rowe from him getting Moss’d by Alshon Jeffery in last year’s Super Bowl. (Pictured above this article.)Eagles’ Michael Bennett gets called for a bogus penalty Okay, so let’s talk about that horrible, no good, very bad roughing the penalty call against the Eagles’ Michael Bennett.Just before halftime on Sunday against the Vikings Brandon Brooks Jersey , Bennett got the edge around Kyle Rudolph, and wrapped up Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins’ legs. With all the recent attention to how quarterbacks are going down, Bennett seems to make a safe decision in his takedown of Cousins.Wrong. (I guess.)The roughing the passer call ended up extending the drive for the Vikings, who then added another score to go up 17-3 heading into halftime. Erin Andrews said that players were screaming about the call heading into the locker room, as they should be given the growing evidence that it was a super bad call.One of the bigger problems with the new roughing the passer rules this season http://www.eagleslockerroom.com/authentic-malik-jackson-jersey , and how they are being enforced, is the large inconsistency from play-to-play. Michael Bennett drew a flag in Week 5, but Carson Wentz went down a similar way last week and it wasn’t a penalty.I’m sure the Eagles will petition the NFL in the seconds that follow the clock hitting zero, asking for clarification on the call, but ultimately it won’t take that touchdown back from the Vikings or change the momentum shift heading into the half.We’re over a quarter way through the 2018 regular season Womens Timmy Jernigan Jersey , and it doesn’t seem like we’re going to get any kind of consistency with these types of calls anytime soon.But, seriously, they need to fix it.
when it comes to the 2018 NFL regular season and that includes the Week 10 matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts.So who was the cream of the crop and who did poorly on Sunday morning? Let’s check it out!OffenseSunday marked the return of Leonard Fournette for the Jaguars http://www.thejaguarslockerroom.com/authentic-niles-paul-jersey , and surprisingly, his biggest impact was actually as a receiver. His receiving grade of 89.5 was the third highest by a running back in Week 10 as he was targeted five times and generated a 152.9 passer rating when targeted.The highest graded player on offense for the Jaguars was tight end James O’Shaughnessy who earned an overall grade of 89.9. This was the third highest grade by a tight end this week as he dominated in the run game with a 83.5 run block grade the highest by a tight end, he also caught all five of his targets in the passing game. DefenseOn defense it was Calais Campbell who was the highest graded player for the Jaguars. His 83.1 overall grade was the eighth best by an edge defender in Week 10, and his 92.1 run defense grade ranked first. On his 20 run defense snaps Campbell had five stops and a run stop percentage of 25% both ranked first among edge defenders this week. The defense struggled to get pressure on Andrew Luck as he was only pressured on seven of his 29 dropbacks, the sixth lowest rate among quarterbacks this week. The defense was only able to get seven total pressures the whole game which is their lowest total amount of pressure in a game this season. Who else stood out to you from Week 10? Let us know in the comments below! The Jacksonville Jaguars defense came into the 2018 season with a significant degree of hype. The word "elite" was used to define the unit by fans, media, and the team. Setting such a high bar..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Jaguars Free Agency 2016Jaguars Film RoomNFL DraftJaguars Injury NewsLatest NewsStop asking the Jaguars defense to be perfectNew,43commentsByBrian.FullfordDec3, 2018 http://www.thejaguarslockerroom.com/authentic-keelan-cole-jersey , 11:15am ESTShareTweetShareShareStop asking the Jaguars defense to be perfectReinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsThe Jacksonville Jaguars defense came into the 2018 season with a significant degree of hype. The word “elite” was used to define the unit by fans, media, and the team. Setting such a high bar requires execution at a high level, and unfortunately the season has given us games in which the Jaguars defense looked anything but elite.Still, a 4-8 record is not indicative of how the defense has performed. The “offense is terrible” horse has been beaten to death, and while injuries are a justifiable reason for that unit under performing, a strong argument can be made that the Jaguars record could easily be flipped if the team had better execution at the quarterback and wide receiver positions.Oh yeah, throw in cooler heads off the bench too.In last night’s “O-Zone Late Night” column, John Oehser fielded a question that encapsulates the unreasonable demands that were put on the Jaguars defense. This idea that somehow this season’s failed expectations are because the defense is not playing perfect every weekend.QUESTIONThe defense was spectacular Womens Marcell Dareus Jersey , but would it be fair to say if the defense played at anywhere close to this level a bit more often the team would not be basically playing for pride? Why would it take essentially being out of it to find your best performance?ANSWERNo, your question’s not fair because it implies somehow the Jaguars’ season is lost because the defense didn’t play all season as it did Sunday. The Jaguars’ defense played phenomenally well Sunday. They shut out a team that was scoring 33.1 points a game in its last eight games. They shut out a quarterback who had thrown at least three touchdown passes in eight consecutive games. They got some breaks to do it because the Colts could have – and probably should have – kicked at least a couple of field goals in the first half, but the point is they did it. But you don’t shut out offenses every week in the NFL these days. The Jaguars’ defense hasn’t been bad this season. It actually has been far better than its many critics have realized, and it has been hurt dramatically by rarely playing with a lead; its demise has been greatly exaggerated. The defense was as good Sunday as it has been this season – maybe ever. But it has been good enough much of the season for the Jaguars’ record to be much better than 4-8.I would not pretend that I am somehow above the person asking the question. At times my expectations of this defense have been unreasonable, bordering on a demand of perfection. A fans disappointment is proportional to success, especially after being minutes away from a Super Bowl, and all you need do is look at my Twitter feed to see my obscenely incorrect prediction that the Jaguars would have the division wrapped up by December, while the Patriots would be wallowing in a season absent of Super Bowl potential.This far into the season, however Josh Lambo Jersey , such questions should not be asked. The offense trotted out one starter on the offensive line yesterday. A backup quarterback is now under center. The work horse running back has seen injury and suspension to keep him off the field. The offense coordinator has been fired. The defensive tackle drafted in the first round has not offered help off the bench.Amidst a cavalcade of misfortune, the defense is:3rd yards allowed per game3rd in passing yards per game16th in rushing yards per game5th in points per game13th in sacksWhat we saw on Sunday was a glimpse of how elite the defense can be against a team playing top shelf football. Yes the Colts had some questionable play calling, but the defense still had to embrace the opportunity and execute. Yannick Ngakoue, Myles Jack, Jalen Ramsey, Dawuane Smoot, Telvin Smith, and many others did not have physical and mental lapses seen in the last Colts game.And all while the offense was playing near as bad as they did in the Titans loss. If you need to put some loses on the defense this season, have at it. I will agree that losing to Dallas and...and...and...Hard isn’t it?Titans? A 6-9 loss is a demand of perfection.Chiefs? A 14-30 loss was more about bouncing balls off helmets.Texans? A 7-20 loss where the team was driving for a second score mid 4th quarter but a tipped interception stalled the comeback.Eagles? An 18-24 loss thanks to a wide receiver fumble.Colts? A 26-29 loss thanks to another wide receiver fumble.Steelers? A 16-20 loss where the offense couldn’t get a first down in the second half.Bills? A 21-24 loss...yeah http://www.thejaguarslockerroom.com/authentic-taven-bryan-jersey , I may be inclined to give this one to both sides. Can’t let Josh Allen run like that.The defense, at the very least, has kept the offense within striking distance.As John notes, the defense has been good enough most of the season. In a league that favors offensive production, it is insane to ask a defense to play a 16 game regular season as the Jaguars played yesterday.The Jaguars defense is not perfect, and surely not elite, but they are one of the best in league. They are capable of playing at an elite level. Football is a team sport. Demand more from all units on the team.
Earlier today at Halas Hall Womens Tom Waddle Jersey , that wide out Emanuel Hall underwent a similar procedure to tight end Trey Burton. Burton, if you remember, had a sports..." Latest NewsNewsInjury ReportBears’ Emanuel Hall underwent surgery New,23commentsCDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Bears’ Emanuel Hall underwent surgery TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesEarlier today at Halas Hall, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy revealed that wide out Emanuel Hall underwent a similar procedure to tight end Trey Burton. Burton Sam Acho Jersey , if you remember, had a sports hernia surgery that was related to the groin issue that kept him out of the wildcard game. If Hall had that same procedure, then it’s likely that he’ll be back at some point for training camp. Nagy said that he expects Burton back in time for camp, and that Burton’s surgery was “like a month or couple weeks” ago. When the Bears signed Hall as an undrafted free agent out of Missouri, several draft pundits called it one of the steals of the 2019 UDFA class. Hall’s size (6’2” http://www.thebearslockerroom.com/authentic-devin-hester-jersey , 201 lbs), speed (4.39 forty), and explosiveness (43½” vertical and a 141” broad jump), gave him a draftable grade by just about every publication and analyst. The reason he fell in the draft could have been related to the reports on his attitude/maturity issues, but he also dealt with hamstring and groin injuries in college. Whether Hall returns in time for camp or not Womens Danny Trevathan Jersey , his figures to have a tough road to claim a spot on the 53-man roster with a stacked receiver room.This might be the injury the Bears need to take their time with Hall’s rehab and give him the old “red shirt” treatment. Khalil Mack had one of six sacks against Russell Wilson, Prince Amukamara returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and the Chicago Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-17 Monday night to give coach Matt Nagy his first career victory.Mack, who landed with Chicago after a blockbuster trade with Oakland in September, had a strip-sack in the first half and consistently pressured Wilson in another dominant performance.Amukamara jumped the route on a pass intended for Rashaad Penny near midfield for his first career touchdown, making it 24-10 with 6:37 left. It was his first interception since 2015 with the New York Giants.Danny Trevathan then stripped Wilson with his second sack of the game. The Bears’ Leonard Floyd recovered the fumble Cody Whitehair Jersey , and Chicago hung on after blowing a 20-point lead in a season-opening loss to a hobbled Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.The Seahawks (0-2) lost for just the second time in nine Monday night games under coach Pete Carroll.Wilson has been sacked six times in each game this season. With the Bears applying constant pressure and his receivers struggling to get open, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback completed 22 of 36 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky was 25 of 34 for 200 yards. The No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft, Trubisky threw touchdown passes to Trey Burton on Chicago’s first possession and rookie Anthony Miller early in the fourth quarter. But he was also intercepted two times by Shaquill Griffin.The Bears presented longtime linebacker Brian Urlacher with his Ring of Excellence for being inducted into the Hall of Fame.The ceremony came after an ugly first half that saw Trubisky get picked off twice and Wilson get sacked five times. But the Bears managed to take a 10-3 lead to the locker room.Trubisky gave them a 7-0 lead when he shoveled to Trey Burton from the 3 on Chicago’s first possession, finishing a 96-yard drive. He also led a drive to the Seattle 7, only to throw two incomplete passes — one that should have been picked off by Justin Coleman — before Cody Parkey kicked a 25-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with just over a minute left in the half.The Seahawks didn’t score until Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 56-yard as the half ended.NATIONAL ANTHEMSeahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson and offensive tackle Duane Brown stayed off the field during the national anthem http://www.thebearslockerroom.com/authentic-jonathan-bullard-jersey , something they did in the opener and preseason.INJURIESBears: RB Tarik Cohen suffered an ankle injury. … DT Akiem Hicks walked off gingerly with two minutes left after he was hurt rushing the quarterback.UP NEXTSeahawks: Host Dallas on Sunday.Bears: Visit Arizona on Sunday.___
at the performances of some first-year head coaches who keep on losing. Others are campaigning to get rid of an incumbent.Yet there's an impressive number of men doing terrific jobs who deserve to be praised as we approach the halfway mark of the NFL schedule.Try Pete Carroll in Seattle. Jay Gruden in Washington (while his older brother's return has been a fiasco in Oakland). Ron Rivera in Carolina. Anthony Lynn in Los Angeles. Matt Nagy in Chicago. And Bill O'Brien in Houston.The key measurement with that half-dozen is talent. More specifically Lance Alworth Jerseys Stitched , none of those six has a ton of talent at his disposal, though all have some star players.But Gruden has a first-place team. So does O'Brien.Rivera's Panthers look like a solid bet for the playoffs. Lynn's Chargers are 5-2 and in good position to be in the postseason. Nagy's Bears are vastly improved over John Fox's group of 2017, and Carroll — the only Super Bowl winner in this group — might be doing his best job in a highly distinguished career with the Seahawks.In a year when so many coaches are being lambasted, from newcomers Pat Shurmur in New Jersey to Steve Wilks in Arizona to newcomer/oldtimer Gruden in Oakland, it's worthwhile and refreshing to take a look at some jobs well done. Very well done.PETE CARROLLWhile the Seahawks aren't in full-blown rebuild mode, they are remaking the roster and reaffirming themselves as a hard-hitting, run-first (and effectively), aggressive squad that doesn't back down. Their victory at Detroit was their best in a 4-3 season during which they started 0-2.Carroll is fitting in new parts, particularly in the secondary and at running back. He's getting strong leadership from Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin, but lots of credit needs to be thrown his way for doing quite a bit with less than usual.BILL O'BRIENWhen the Texans dropped their first three games, people were placing O'Brien on a Lone Star hotseat. Now Derek Watt Jerseys Stitched , he's sitting atop the AFC South with a club that should win that division of underachievers.Not that Houston is underachieving. The poor start had much to do with returning players such as the Texans' best, J.J. Watt, and quarterback Deshaun Watson not being back to full strength. Now they are.This is a balanced team when all the parts are available. O'Brien doesn't panic, he instructs well, and his is a team on the rise.JAY GRUDENIs Washington the most-talented team in the NFC East? Nope.Is it the most consistent? Nope.What the Redskins do is protect the ball (just five giveaways, trailing only Atlanta's four), stymie opposing offenses, and rely on some excellent veterans such as Ryan Kerrigan, Josh Norman and Alex Smith. Plus, Gruden was willing to reach out to Adrian Peterson, who has shown he has plenty left — so much so he might be the front-runner for Comeback Player of the Year.While there's turmoil in Dallas and New York, and rumblings fostered by the mediocre performance by the defending champion Eagles Youth Mike Williams Jerseys , all is going smoothly in D.C. Credit GrudenRON RIVERAYes, in 2015 he guided the Panthers to the NFC title. He still has Cam Newton and Greg Olsen and Luke Kuechly.But these Panthers, who have beaten the Eagles, Bengals and Ravens, aren't at the level of the team that fell to the Broncos in the Super Bowl 2 陆 years ago. Their offensive line is shaky, their receivers are inconsistent, and they've shuffled their secondary.They're also 5-2 and Rivera has one of the best relationships, on and off the field, with his players of any coach in football.ANTHONY LYNNLynn's best defensive player, Joey Bosa, has been sidelined all year. The Chargers have relied on rookies — safety Derwin James is among the top defensive newcomers in the league — and a few other youngsters, and it's working to the tune of nine picks to three allowed Mike Williams Jerseys Stitched , 18 sacks to 10 allowed.Philip Rivers is having one of his best seasons of a borderline Hall of Fame career, in great part because Lynn gives his quarterback lots of freedom.You hear criticism that the Chargers haven't beaten anyone good. Well, a large number of teams would love their 5-2 record.MATT NAGYEvery week, the Bears play an opponent tough. Their defense is rugged, particularly if Khalil Mack is healthy. Their offense is developing, not rapidly but steadily. Where Mitchell Trubisky has progressed in his second season and first under Nagy is where the Jets, Cardinals, Bills and Browns hope their first-rounders of this year get to in 2019.He's aggressive with the ball and without it, playing to win rather than playing not to lose. Whether he can keep the Bears in contention in the rough NFC North is problematic, but they certainly are headed in the right direction — and in an entertaining fashion. 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Carson Wentz‘s new contract on Tuesday Black Fletcher Cox Jerseys , because Pederson didn’t want to have to keep talking about whether Wentz would be getting a new contract.“I think that’s probably the biggest thing, just that lingering distraction,” Pederson told reporters at the team’s mandatory minicamp. “I don’t have to stand up here and answer questions over and over and over again; get it behind us now. I’m excited for Carson and his family and for the Eagles organization that we were able to extend him.”Pederson feels a connection to Wentz based on when they both arrived in Philly, and Pederson wants both to stay put.“I’ve said this all along that he and I came in this league together Fletcher Cox Jerseys 2019 ,” Pederson said. “Rookie quarterback and rookie head coach. We’re sort of married to this deal, too. I’m excited. Puts it behind him. He can focus on ball. We don’t have that lingering distraction into training camp or into the regular season. We can just focus on football.”Pederson is right, but there will always be distractions and questions, especially given Wentz’s past inability to stay healthy. And if he does stay healthy and if the Eagles thrive and if the salary cap keeps going up and if the market at the quarterback position continues to increase Black Carson Wentz Jerseys , at some point the distraction will come from the perception/reality that Wentz is underpaid. Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Orlando Scandrick appeared on FS1’s ‘Undisputed’ with Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe, and Jenny Taft and sure did not mince words about the team that cut him just earlier this week. Here’s a transcript of what he had to say, with some of my own thoughts to follow. (UPDATE: Jimmy Kempski and I also reacted to the audio of Scandrick’s comments in an emergency BGN Radio podcast recording.)SCAPEGOATED BY HOWIE ROSEMANLol at ‘who doesn’t have rough moments in this league?’ That’s a lame excuse and not being accountable at all. I think there’s some merit to the Eagles struggling to handle success. Complacency could be an issue.That line about Roseman is really something.LANE JOHNSON’S COMMENTS ABOUT PLAYERS BEING LATEDon’t disagree that Johnson could’ve handled someone being late privately instead of airing that to the public. Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Graham basically said they wish Johnson handled that differently as well.SOME EAGLES PLAYERS PROBABLY MISS NICK FOLESThe PhillyVoice report from earlier this year suggested that some players preferred Foles to Wentz Carson Wentz Jerseys 2019 , so not really a new sentiment here. But, like Scandrick said, that ship has sailed at this point. CALLING OUT MALCOLM JENKINSJenkins DID take responsibility for the play that Scandrick is referencing here. OVERALLThere might be some level of truth to the things he said but Scandrick is clearly bitter and I’d venture that the Eagles won’t be re-signing him at any point this year.
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to have been nominated for this honor."Not one Chicago Bears fan is likely to forget about the 2018 NFL off-season anytime soon. Like White Tarik Cohen Jerseys , ever, to be completely honest. Yet, to this day, the chief architect of this team still has yet to receive full dues on the work he’s put into this roster. So much, in fact, that he has been named Sporting News’ Exec Of The Year. Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times was the first to report the news. This award was presented and ratified by his peers during the latest annual league meeting at the Arizona Biltmore. This is unlike Colts’ GM Chris Ballard’s Exec of the Year from the Pro Football Writers of America, where a selected panel casts their votes for nominees. His full list of accomplishments would take hours to describe in detail. Rather Tarik Cohen Jerseys 2019 , here are some of the highlights from his 2018 year alone: Traded for All-Pro OLB Khalil Mack Signed Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Trey BurtonRe-signed Kyle Fuller & Prince Amukamara Drafted Roquan Smith, James Daniels, Anthony Miller, and Bilal Nichols Hired NFL Coach of the Year Matt Nagy to replace John Fox He, Pace White Adam Shaheen Jerseys , faced a great deal of adversity headed into the 2018 season. After starting off his career 14-34 as the Bears’ presiding GM, people were quick to pass judgment and ask for his firing on social media platforms. Not many GMs can say they’ve survived their first head coaching hire despite that hiring turning into a disappointment. Instead, Pace faced the challenge head-on, and his hard work finally began to pay off with his monumental change at the coaching staff. He took his efforts to another level, and built a young championship-caliber roster which is ready to compete for years to come. Players like Mitchell Trubisky, Tarik Cohen, Akiem Hicks Sam Acho Jerseys Stitched , Kyle Fuller, Charles Leno Jr., and Eddie Jackson all earned their first Pro Bowl honors this year alone. And his work is still not done. Redemption is a rare opportunity in the NFL; Ryan Pace has certainly fulfilled that opportunity. Here’s to hoping for many more years of excellence under Ryan Pace’s vision. Connor Barth kicked for six different teams from 2008 to 2017. He’s hopeful a seventh team will give him a chance to restart his NFL career.According to John Smist of WECT-TV in Wilmington, N.C., Barth will attend a special teams camp in Arizona in March in hopes of showing NFL teams he’s back to the kicker he wants to be.“The last couple of years in Chicago left a bad taste in my mouth,” said Barth. “I just wanted to take a step back, and if you are going to do this you need to be full go and 100 percent in. I am ready to give it one last shot.”Barth was released by the Bears in Nov. 2017 and did not kick in the NFL this past season. Barth spent the time off tending to duties at home and getting into better shape in the gym. He’s lost 27 pounds and says he’s never been in better shape.“I am in the best shape I have ever been in at 32 (years old) Adam Shaheen Jerseys 2019 ,” said Barth. “If I am going to do it, now’s the time and I felt like this is the perfect time to get back in. I feel good.”Barth has kicked in regular season games for the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (two different stints), Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears. He also spent time on the offseason rosters of the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints. Barth was released by Chicago after missing five of 16 field goal tries in 10 games in 2017. He had converted all 17 extra point tries that season before his release.
LAKE FOREST Youth Jordan Howard Jerseys , Ill. (AP) — of the draft this year.A worst-to-first jump last season left them staring down at the rest of the NFC North, and loaded with one of the league’s best defenses and banking on a more creative offense led by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to improve in coach Matt Nagy’s second season.As good as it all sounds, general manager Ryan Pace wasn’t resting easy the past few months.“You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse,” he said at the combine in February. “We want to make sure we are getting better.”The Bears have a chance to do just that in the draft even with a long wait.That’s because they won’t be selecting until the third round, at No. 87 overall, unless they make a trade. Chicago also has one pick each in the fourth and fifth rounds and two in the seventh.The Bears’ first-rounder went to Oakland in the blockbuster trade for All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mack just before the start of last season. New England now has Chicago’s second-round selection from a trade last year.But even if they’re little more than spectators in the early going, the Bears still have some work to do. They need a running back after trading Jordan Howard to Philadelphia and could use help in the defensive backfield, on the edge and at kicker.But overall, the Bears have to like this view. They won their division at 12-4 in Nagy’s first season after four straight last-place finishes and ended a playoff drought that dated to 2010.Here are some things to know:RUN GAMEThe Bears created their biggest draft need when they traded Howard.A poor fit for a scheme favoring pass-catching running backs, he set career lows in yards rushing (935) and attempts (250) in his third season. But he still had more carries than the four running backs currently on Chicago’s roster — Tarik Cohen Jordan Howard Jerseys Stitched , Mike Davis, Taquan Mizzell Sr. and Ryan Nall.If Chicago goes for a running back with its first pick, Penn State’s Miles Sanders and Auburn’s Damien Harris might be possibilities.ON SECOND THOUGHTThough the Bears signed safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and cornerback Buster Skrine to replace Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan, they could still use help in the defensive backfield. Iowa safety Amani Hooker and Michigan cornerback David Long could be options in the third round.ON EDGEDon’t be surprised if the Bears go for an edge rusher with one of their first picks. Sure, they tied for third in the league with 50 sacks. But with Leonard Floyd set to enter the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, Chicago might want to draft a potential replacement.LATER SUCCESSPace has done some of his best draft work in the mid to late rounds since he was hired in January 2015, so there’s a good chance the Bears get an impact player or two even despite having no early picks.He hit in the fifth round in 2015 on Amos, who left for a $37 million, four-year contract with Green Bay in March. The Bears got Howard in the same round the following year, and he made a Pro Bowl while giving them two 1 Youth Khalil Mack Jerseys ,000-yard seasons.In 2017, Chicago took safety Eddie Jackson and running back Tarik Cohen in the fourth round. And both were All-Pros this past season — Cohen as a punt returner.Defensive tackle Bilal Nichols had three sacks and seven quarterback hits in 14 games after being drafted in the fifth round a year ago.“The job that (our scouts) do is remarkable and they help set the board, and you’ve got to give them a lot of credit,” Pace said.KICK ITIt’s no secret the Bears need to find a reliable kicker. And keeping Cody Parkey was not an option.If hitting uprights on six misses, including that double-doink off the upright and crossbar in the wild-card loss to Philadelphia at Soldier Field, didn’t punch his ticket out of town, a “Today” show appearance a few days after the season did. He couldn’t provide the consistency the Bears have been seeking since they let Robbie Gould go prior to the 2016 season and got released after one rough season in Chicago.The Bears have three kickers with no NFL experience after signing Redford Jones, Chris Blewitt and Elliott Fry. Whether they draft another, they might add a veteran at some point. The franchise founder and the greatest player in franchise history will be immortalized outside Soldier Field as the Bears kick off their 100th season.The Bears announced today that statues of George Halas and Walter Payton will be unveiled at Soldier Field on Tuesday, September 3 Khalil Mack Jerseys Stitched , two days before the Bears host the Packers in the opener of the NFL’s 100th season, which is also the Bears’ 100th season.“It is only appropriate that the father of professional football and the greatest player in the history of the game are being honored in this way, and perhaps no better time for the unveiling than as we kick off our centennial season,” said Bears chairman George H. McCaskey. “Thank you to the Chicago Park District, Soldier Field and SMG for their support throughout the process, and to sculptor Chad Fisher for his artistry in bringing his subjects to life.”Halas founded the Bears and spent 40 years as their head coach. Payton was chosen as the greatest player in Bears history in a recent listing of the franchise’s 100 best players in anticipation of the team’s 100th season.