| Oct 12, 2013
| 5:00 PM
Six weeks ago, Alterraun Verner had no guarantees he'd be a starting cornerback for the Tennessee Titans.
Today, he's made as big an impact as any defensive player in the NFL.
What are the odds of that?
Actually, Verner could calculate those for...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 2:59 PM
The Bears needed a quarterback whisperer. Marc Trestman, your table was ready.
Or at least, your laboratory was.
Now was when Trestman had to show his unique ability to speak fluent backup, journeyman quarterback.
He had done it before with the...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 2:15 PM
The Bears defense will have to be disciplined with their run-pass keys against quarterback Robert Griffin III to limit the multiple play-action concepts in the Redskins game plan off the read-option backfield action.
As shown here, the Redskins have...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 7:28 PM
Nobody at Halas Hall came out and directly questioned the design of the Bears' pass rush, a misnomer so far.
But if you listened closely the other day, you heard doubt.
"We've stunted our defensive linemen a lot on passing downs, where we didn't...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 6:52 PM
Of the 13 quarterbacks selected in the 2003 NFL draft, only three remain active — No. 1 pick Carson Palmer, Packers backup Seneca Wallace and the guy Chicago loved and loathed with equal passion, depending on the week.
The guy once booed during...
| Oct 16, 2013
In the funny mirror world of the NFL where almost acquisitions and near additions make team-building as much a matter of chance or fortune as science or calculation, the Bears conceivably could be facing Jay Cutler or Peyton Manning instead of Robert...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 6:00 AM
I know the NFL is a passing league. I know the NFL has rigged it to be so.
But still, if I were the Bears this week, I’d commit to the running game.
Matt Forte can run, catch and pick up the blitz. He can and should be the centerpiece of this...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 4:31 PM
Words of encouragement to quarterbacks around the NFL: This too shall pass.
At some point soon, we'll have the answers to all the burning questions and lack of clarity surrounding the league's marquee position. The regular season starts this week,...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 7:54 PM
A few years ago, the San Francisco 49ers playing the Seattle Seahawks wouldn't have even jiggled the interest needle.
Now, with both being Super Bowl contenders and the bad blood between them flowing freely, the sound needle Sunday figures to reach...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 5:37 PM
Peyton Manning threw seven touchdown passes Thursday night in Denver's 49-27 throttling of Baltimore in the Kickoff Opener.
His dad, Archie, had three NFL seasons with at least 10 starts when he didn't throw seven all year.
Archie texted Peyton...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 7:30 PM
What's the worst that could happen?
The Green Bay Packers found out Sunday in one of the wildest sequences of Week 3.
Protecting a three-point lead and hoping to get another score — and run out the clock with four minutes left — the...