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Lance Briggs Makes More Noise

ESPN.com and the Washington Post recently reported that there have been trade talks between the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins over Lance Briggs.  The claim is that Washington is willing to swap first round draft picks with the Bears to get Briggs.  The Bears would move up and take the 6th overall pick, while the Redskins would receive the 31st pick in this year’s draft. 

I really don’t see this actually happening.  The main reason for this is because the Bears’ front office is extremely stubborn.  It took forever for them to give Lovie Smith an briggs.jpgextension after leading the Bears to the playoffs two years ago and the Super Bowl last year.  They gave former Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera the boot because he wanted more money than they were willing to dish out, even though he probably deserved it.  And then they slapped the franchise tag on Briggs instead of giving him a long term deal which has lead to this whole ordeal.  They have options to move him but aren’t going to do it because it might look like the front office is getting pushed around.  Not to mention the fact that Chicago doesn’t appreciate that Drew Rosenhaus doing everything he can to hype this thing up.

That in itself is reason enough for the Bears not to trade Briggs, but I don’t think that the Bears are looking to move up that high in the draft either.  The front office feels like they are capable of finding good talent later in the draft.  It’s kind of their thing, and they are actually pretty good at it.  Chicago only has six first round draft picks on its entire roster.  Picking at 6 would go against the way the Bears like to do things.  They could get the 6th pick and then trade up in the middle of the first round, but it seems more likely that they would just package their current 31st and 37th picks together in a trade to get in that position. 

I like Briggs as a player, but I think he’s replaceable.  I would like to see Chicago trade him.  They can always use some more draft picks and Briggs isn’t going to do much good sitting on the bench or causing distractions.  The front office’s image isn’t going to be any better by them holding their ground and keeping him around.  Everyone can see that they mean business, but apparently so does Briggs.  Or does he? 

Briggs initially said he was willing to sit out the entire season if he had to play for the Bears because he would never wear that jersey again.  Now, two weeks later, he has changed his tune and will just sit out the first ten games.  Give him a month or two and I bet he will play the whole season…under protest, of course. 

That’s probably what Chicago is thinking, too.

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March 28, 2007 Posted by | Chicago Bears, Football, Lance Briggs, NFL, Sports | 1 Comment

Super Bowl XLI Prediction

To start off with, I have been a Bears fan since birth.  So I am probably biased when I say that I think the Bears will win the Super Bowl this Sunday.  However, I did think they would lose to the Saints two weekends ago, so that just shows how good my predictions are.  Anyways, here are some of the things I am looking at regarding the upcoming game.

1.  I have heard way too many times that it’s going to come down to Rex Grossman vs. Peyton Manning.  The thing people seem to overlook is that Manning is facing the Bears’ defense, not Grossman.  It’s common knowledge that Manning is a better quarterback, but he has to go up against one of the best defenses in the NFL this Sunday.  That’s just a little something I think people need to realize.

2.  Another point I keep hearing, mostly from Packer fans, is that Grossman is going to blow the game.  Ron Turner, the Bears offensive coordinator, is not going to allow that.  He experimented in the regular season with putting the game on Grossman’s shoulders, and that is when we saw Rex at his worst.  With a field position minded, clock-controlling running game, the Bears with keep both the Colts offense off the field and Grossman from having to try and make big plays.

3.  Special teams is going to play a large roll in the Super Bowl.  It does every year and is only talked about after the game.  It’s hard not to give the huge edge to the Bears in this department.  Devin Hester is the best return man in the game, and the Colts are near the bottom of the league in shutting down returns.  On the other side, the Bears are one of the best in the league in covering kicks.  The kicking game is pretty even with the Bears having a better punter in Brad Maynard and the Colts having a proven clutch kicker in Adam Vinatieri.  Bears kicker Robbie Gould is a Pro Bowler in his second season though, so he is reliable as well.

Enough analysis already!  I just cannot wait for this game to be played.  Any way you look at it, it looks like it is going to be a great game.

Final Score: Bears 24, Colts 17    MVP: Thomas Jones

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February 2, 2007 Posted by | Chicago Bears, Football, NFL, Super Bowl | Leave a comment