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Alshon Jeffery, sovaldi sale Chicago Bears

Position: Wide Receiver (WR)

Hometown: St. Matthews, mind SC

College: South Carolina

DOB: 2/14/1990

Elise’s Nursing Assessment:

The 13th pick by the Bears in this year’s NFL Draft, Alshon Jeffery, has had a frustrating rookie season. As one of the best receivers coming out of the elite SEC, expectations were high for Jeffery as he was chosen to fill in as another reliable receiver for Cutler in his first year in the NFL. A tall order for any rookie, but Jeffery has the skill to do it.

However, Jeffery’s rookie year has been overshadowed by injuries. Jeffery suffered a broken hand in Week 5 and would return in Week 11 only to injure his knee and sit out another 2 weeks. When Jeffery returned in Week 14 against the Vikings, his play was not nearly as strong as it was before which was made obvious by critical dropped passes.

Unfortunately, unless there is a huge comeback in his near future, Jeffery’s rookie season will be remembered by this Sunday’s game against the Packers. To put it lightly, the officials were not working in Alshon’s favor. The rookie received three offensive pass interference calls in the 21-13 Bears’ loss, one of them reversed a touchdown call that would’ve put the Bears within 7.

The calls that were against Alshon were extremely costly helping the Packers to a win in which they clinched the NFC North title at Soldier Field. Jeffery certainly wasn’t the only poor performer on Sunday (the entire offense was useless) but his 3 pass interferences were the difference maker in the second half of the game and only proved how much work the rookie has ahead of him.

Playing wide receiver is a very physical position. Players fight for passes and at 6’3’’ and 216lb Alshon was just trying to ward off defenders in his attempt to catch Cutler’s passes. Marshall was well contained by the Packers but he still managed to catch six passes and have one touchdown. On the other hand, Alshon was tossed four passes and ended up with no catches as a result of the penalties.

With Brandon Marshall being double covered by most teams it is crucial for Alshon to step up and be a main target for Cutler. Alshon Jeffery has a long career ahead of him if he can stay off the injury report and become a smarter receiver.

Nurse Elise’s Recommended Prescriptions:

  • Get your head back in the game. We know you are a little rusty coming off of your injuries but Brandon Marshall can’t be the only wide receiver that Cutler feels comfortable throwing to.
  • Play smarter. Pass interferences are always somewhat controversial calls, but remember you aren’t at South Carolina anymore, this is the NFL and refs call penalties that NCAA refs would often overlook to keep the pace of play.
  • Learn from Marshall.  You can’t ask for a better vet WR on the team to learn from. Get in his head, find out what makes that bromance with Cutler work, and emulate it.
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Growing up as a Bulls fan in Chicago, cialis I have attended many Bulls games in the past but they have all been at the United Center. When I was six I went to my first Bulls game right when Michael Jordan was in his prime. I was picked to do the halftime race and ended up beating out two boys and winning. I was rewarded with a hug from Benny the Bull, a Bulls jacket and the opportunity to sit courtside with the Luvabulls, 5 feet away from Jordan sinking dunks. Needless to say, I was hooked on the Bulls from then on.

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Twenty-some years later as a Chicago transplant living in LA, I went to my first Bulls game at the Staples Center when the Bulls played the LA Clippers last month. To put it lightly, it was a slightly different experience than the UC.

Granted, in a city dominated by the Lakers, the Clippers are considered the ugly step child, even with the incredible start they’ve had this season.  The Lakers bias is obvious the minute you step foot in the Staples Center, where both teams play. WIth Laker purple seats and multiple championship banners flowing from the rafters, it was clear who’s house this was.

I was happy to see a strong turnout of Bulls fans and equally as pleased to see they were pouring Goose Island 312. Compared to the rowdy UC, the arena was extremely quiet except for Clippers fans booing Chicago, even when LA was up by 20 points.

The Clippers won 101-80 and it wasn’t pretty. The Bulls had multiple turnovers and were playing sloppy defense. Blake Griffin had 26 points and the Bulls were having a tough time guarding Jamal Crawford who was draining threes and added 22 points. Carlos Boozer was the leading scorer for the Bulls that night with 22 points.

It might not have been the United Center and a home game Bulls experience but it was still great to get my Bulls fix in a city obsessed by the Lakers.

The Bulls have a lot to work on offensively and especially with turnovers against top tier teams. Waiting for Derrick Rose to return will force the Bulls to build their confidence and cohesiveness without their star player. The Bulls’ bench must step it up to provide the reliable depth the team needs to climb the ranks in the competitive Eastern Conference.

No matter where I land, I will be a Bulls fan. The Lakers have been extremely easy to trash talk as of late as they hang out in the bottom of the Western Conference standings after assembling what everyone thought would be a dream-team this off-season. It’s healthy for the Lakers to have a formidable competitor in town as the Clippers continue to impress and woo casual LA fans to the NBA.  However, I am hoping tonight’s Bulls game against the Clippers will allow me to have more bragging rights in LA. But, in order for that to happen we need a decisive win at home.  The Bulls welcome the Clippers tonight to the UC. Tip-off is at 8:30PM CT and also on CSN.

 

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Luol Deng, medical find Chicago Bulls

Position:  Small Forward

Hometown: Wau, patient Sudan

College: Duke

DOB: 04/26/1985

Luol Deng

Elise’s Nursing Assessment:

Luol Deng is the quiet leader of the Bulls. He flies under the radar for being an NBA All-Star. Recently, prescription against the Philadelphia 76ers, Deng put up 25 points, seven assists, and six rebounds to lead the Bulls in a 93-88 win. Chicago outrebounded the 76ers 50-37. Even though Deng turned the ball over five times he can still be looked at as the top offensive player of the game.

A casual fan outside of Chicago would probably not be too familiar with Deng. Everyone knows Derrick Rose but it’s been Deng who has been dominant offensively since Derrick’s injury. He might not be as popular of a small forward as LeBron James and Kevin Durant but Deng isn’t about the publicity.

After fleeing the civil war in Sudan, Deng and his family moved to Egypt and then to Great Britain where he holds citizenship. He is physically and mentally tough and deserves the nickname “Dengerous”. He is a great overall player who has been praised on keeping up with LeBron James defensively.

A lot has been expected of him since Derrick’s injury because he has always been strong offensively. His main weakness is his isolation defense. He is also being overplayed. In the game against the Bucks, he played 47 minutes and 18 seconds of the game. Playing that amount of time can lead to errors and also major injuries. Chicago can’t afford to lose their top offensive player.

Elise’s Recommended Prescriptions:

  • Work on your ball handling skills. Looking at the ball as you dribble is slowing you down.
  • Avoid being overworked; we do not need another D. Rose situation.
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Devin Hester, cialis sale Chicago Bears

Position: WR/ Return Specialist

Hometown: Riviera Beach, decease FL

College: Miami (Fla.)

DOB: 11/04/1982

Elise’s Nursing Assessment:

Devin Hester has been sidelined for a concussion that he received during the first half of Sunday’s Bear’s 28-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Due to the different levels of severity of concussions it is still unknown when he will return. It was a game full of injuries with Chris Spencer, Lance Louis, Matt Forte, and Charles Tillman all getting hurt. At 8-3 with only 5 games left in the regular season, this is not the time for the Bears to start losing players to injuries.

Hester holds the NFL record for the most return touchdowns (punt and kick combined) and most punt return touchdowns. Opposing special teams usually do not kick to him if he is receiving as they know what he is capable of.

Hester’s strength is his incredible speed on kick returns and his ability to cut into different routes to avoid defenders, putting the Bears into prime field position, and in best case scenarios, running the ball in for a touchdown. He is extremely valuable to special teams and is known as one of the league’s best kick returners in the history of the game. However, Hester’s last few seasons have been mediocre.

In the recent Bear’s loss against the 49ers he was pretty much running in circles and had a net of -1 yard on three punt returns. He recently turned 30 which has people questioning whether he is past his prime. Hester was quoted saying, “There’s an age limit for every position but I’ve still got it. We’ve been around this organization long enough to know that when I go into a slump, I get out of them.”

Hopeful Chicago fans are still waiting for him to emerge from his slump and be the explosive player that they loved to watch break big returns. Unfortunately, his recent concussion will most likely set him back even more in what’s already been a mediocre season.

The Bears have been trying for years to mold Hester into an elite wide receiver, but, it’s become more apparent over the last 2 seasons from dropped passes and inconsistent route running that Hester is made to be a return specialist, and not much more.

Elise’s Recommended Prescriptions:

  • Focus on your strengths. Show everyone that you’ve “still got it” as a kick returner. Even at 30 you are still faster than most 22-year olds on the field.
  • Get plenty of rest to help quickly recover from your concussion. Between you and Cutler, there may be shortage of viable brain cells left in passing plays, so don’t be surprised if you see less playing time in the WR position.
  • Try to manage your jealousy as an eager WR.  Yes, Brandon Marshall gets over 50% of the throws from Cutler, and with rookie WR Alshon Jeffery back in, you’ll have more competition for playing time, but the Bears need you more now as an effective return specialist than ever before for quick points and crowd-pleasing plays.
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Carlos Boozer, capsule Chicago Bulls

Position:  Power Forward

Hometown: Born in Aschaffenburg, try West Germany and grew up in Juneau, Alaska

College: Duke

DOB: 11/20/1981

 

 

Elise’s Nursing Assessment:

Bulls fans have a love/hate relationship with Carlos Boozer. When he’s draining jump shots they want the first ticket on the Booze Cruise but when he’s slow on defense they want him out for good.

Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves had fans ready to sign his amnesty clause. Boozer went 0-5 shooting from the field and was 2-2 from the free throw line. The last time he had only two points in a game was March 14, 2012 against the Miami Heat. As an experienced player this is unacceptable. He’s either hot or extremely cold. Coach Thibodeau is aware of his fluctuation and doesn’t hesitate to put Taj Gibson in to get the game going again.

Boozer has always been a more offensive minded player which creates issues since the Bulls pride themselves on their defense. On his good nights he is a great player who uses being ambidextrous to his advantage. Unlike Joakim Noah, Boozer has a perfect looking jump shot. However, opposing players blow right past him to get to the basket as he is painfully slow on defense.  At 30 years old, Boozer is five years past his prime as a player, and his age is beginning to show.

With only six games into the season, Boozer has not been putting up the points that he should be to help the Bulls stay afloat while Derrick Rose is out.  While it’s still early, Boozer surely knows that Taj Gibson would be more than happy to take his starting spot. Boozer is set to make $47.1 million over the next three years and the Bulls recently signed an extension with Taj Gibson which raises the question of whether the Bulls will look into using the amnesty clause on #5. Gibson does not have the experience that Boozer has but he is more of a physical defender that complements Noah’s style of play at the post.

Nurse Elise’s Recommended Prescriptions:

  • Be more aggressive. Draw some fouls, don’t avoid contact.
  • Know when you’re hot and when you’re not.  If you are having an off night shooting then focus on rebounds and creating opportunities for your teammates.
  • Speed it up. You don’t have the height or long arms like Tim Duncan or Dirk Nowitzki so you have to be quicker.
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Brian Urlacher, diagnosis Chicago Bears

Position: Middle Linebacker

Hometown: Pasco, drugstore WA

College: New Mexico

DOB: 05/25/1978

Elise’s Nursing Assessment:

Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans has Bears fans wondering “do we even need an offense?” Charles “Peanut” Tillman forced four fumbles, Corey Wootton picked up a blocked punt for a touchdown, and Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a 46 yard touchdown.

Urlacher is not giving many reasons for critics to question if his knee problems have changed his game. Instead, he is showing fans that he’s just as tough as he looks (even though that barbed wire tattoo screams more “WT” than “tough guy”).

As the middle linebacker, Urlacher is the quarterback of the defense. He has the innate ability to read the opposing offense and spot holes that other players would never see. He reads the opposing quarterback’s eyes and body language to create an interception opportunity.

Not only is #54 a smart player, but he also plays the intimidation card. Getting sacked by him would be similar to getting run over by a bulldozer, and quarterbacks know this.  The 8x Pro-Bowler’s presence is essential to the Bears, if anything, for mental reasons. He is a household name and continues to be the face of the franchise, regardless of who is in the QB position. Urlacher is just as much Chicago as a piece of deep dish pizza, although Derrick Rose is now the face of Giordano’s…Urlacher is more of a keg of 312 beer.

After 13 years with the Bears, Urlacher continues to impress and dominate offenses. The Bears will need this trusty vet to help take down the Houston Texans on November 11th.

Nurse Elise’s Recommended Prescriptions:

  • Although it’s a subject that you never want to discuss, and I know you’ll ignore this regardless, don’t overwork your bad knee. The Bears need you for the long haul.
  • Stay single.  Your game seems to be more focused when you’re not in a highly publicized relationship. Let’s be honest, you don’t have the greatest taste in women or luck in long term relationships.  It’s hard for us to forget that fling with Paris Hilton a few years ago. As a nurse, I would be happy to administer your penicillin shots if you ever have another encounter with her.
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